The Monitor • April 30, 2009 • 11
Grainger explained that his biggest challenge as a
The car had sat idly on the lawn for several years. His
stepfather laughed when he heard about this and start-
Continued from Page 3 generator mechanic was with this same unit while ed teaching Grainger about cars. As he continued fix-
is to pass knowledge to Soldiers and to give them a deployed between 2003 and 2004. He was a corporal ing his own cars, Grainger’s fascination grew.
goal to aim for. at the time and ran 35 generators by himself, with When Grainger went to join the Army in March
“The person who has had the biggest influence on nearly half the generators in use at any given time per- 2000, he enquired about becoming a mechanic and
my career was Sgt. 1st Class Jason Payton, who forming 24-hour operations. jumped at the chance when the specialty was offered.
served as my patrol leader while with the 1st Bn., 94th “I learned a lot about generators during that time,” He has been a generator mechanic ever since.
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handled situations right away and worked great under Grainger’s interest in mechanics began when he have a great group of guys and motor sergeant. We
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The Monitor • April 30, 2009 • 13
E Co., 3-43 ADA gets SABER Award
Maintenance Soldiers get quarterly award for excellence
SGT. BRANDON LITTLE Woods. “Not a lot of units can say they
32nd AAMDC Public Affairs accomplished such a great task.”
Soldier assigned to E Company, 3rd “It starts with the leadership and [non-
Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, commissioned officers] doing the right
received the Sober Armies Bravely thing and setting the example,” said Sgt.
Expedite Readiness Award during a cere- 1st Class James Orlando, a platoon ser-
mony held here April 21. geant assigned to E Co., 3rd Bn., 43rd
The unit received the award for not ADA.
having a drug or alcohol-related incident To receive the award, units must be
during the first quarter of fiscal 2009. 100 percent free of drug and alcohol-relat-
“I attribute the success we’ve had to ed incidents, and conduct a random uri-
Soldiers taking care of Soldiers,” said nalysis each month for a minimum of 10
Capt. Johnny Ward, the commander of E percent of the unit’s current strength for
Co., 3 rd Bn., 43rd ADA. “It’s more than that quarter of the fiscal year.
saying, ‘Do this because it’s the right “It’s exciting to get this award, consid-
thing to do.’ It’s about taking the time to ering a lot of the other units are just strug-
talk to Soldiers and intervening when they gling to get through the weekend [without
need help.” incidents],” said Ward.
Brig. Gen. Robert Woods, the com- This is the fifth SABER award E Co.
mander of 32nd Army Air and Missile has received since their redeployment SGT. BRANDON LITTLE
Defense Command, was present to place from Southwest Asia in February 2008. Brig. Gen. Robert Woods, the commander of 32nd Army Air and Missile
the SABER streamer on the company’s “Here is another streamer for a job well Defense Command, addresses Soldiers assigned to E Company, 3rd
colors. done,” said Woods. “That’s what it’s all Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, after presenting them with the Sober
“This award isn’t something that’s just about, doing the right thing even when no Armies Bravely Expedite Readiness Award during a ceremony held here
thrown around, or given to anyone,” said one’s looking. … You guys really get it.” April 21.
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4-1 AD deployment fair provides helpful information
SGT. MARK MIRANDA it easier for me to prepare my wife for
4th BCT, 1st AD Public Affairs the deployment,” said David McGregor,
The Soldiers and families of 4th a forward observer with C Co., 1st
Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment. “This
Division, gathered at the Fort Bliss is worthwhile.”
Soldier readiness site April 21 through Food and refreshments were provid-
23 for a pre-deployment fair. ed for families, while appearances by
Designed as a one-stop shop for 4th McGruff the Crime Dog and activities
BCT, 1st AD deployment information, at the nearby YouthPlex kept children
more than 15 different programs were entertained.
available to provide resources and “This is my first deployment,” said
answer questions about deployment- Pvt. Chris Darling from 1st Dn., 77th
related issues. Armor Regt. “I’m happy my wife can
“It’s an informal atmosphere geared participate in the pre-deployment fair.”
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allow them an opportunity to discuss daughter,” said Darling’s spouse April.
specific needs or concerns with subject- “Having everything easy to access, like
matter experts,” said Maj. Cedric this fair, saves me time.”
Banks, who helped coordinate the fair. Other services included were
“For the first time, the pre-deploy- AAFES, TRICARE, Legal and Finance SGT. MARK MIRANDA
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1-43 ADA Soldiers reload missiles, awarded for success
SGT. ALEXANDER BURNETT mander, and Sgt. Maj. Gerardo Dominguez, the
11th ADA Bde. Public Affairs brigade forward sergeant major, recognized each
KUWAIT – Soldiers from C Battery, 1st Battalion, member of one reload crew with the Army
43rd Air Defense Artillery, were recognized by the Achievement Medal. Before giving the awards,
11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade command team for DeAntona spoke to the battery about their mission and
a job well done for a guided missile transport and their role in theater.
reload, March 7. “When I go to a command meeting or a video tele-
Col. Joseph DeAntona, the 11th ADA Bde. com- conference with my seniors and they talk about the
11th Brigade, they aren’t talking about me, Sergeant
Major Dominguez or Command Sergeant Major
Nelson,” said DeAntona. “When they talk about this
brigade, they are talking about you, the Soldiers. You
are the Imperial Brigade – the Imperial Soldiers.”
All members of the team are Patriot missile system
operators and maintainers, but each member has a sep-
arate role in the team. Awards were given to Staff Sgt.
Tim Long, the electronic missile maintenance officer;
Sgt. Nancy Wingo, the noncommissioned officer in Col. Joseph DeAntona, the 11th Air Defense
charge of team safety; Spc. Josh Walchock, the forklift Artillery Brigade commander, gives Sgt. Nancy
operator; Pfc. Phillip Saunier, the team signal; Pfc. Wingo, a Patriot missile system operator and
Christopher Cawvey, a team crewmember; and Pvt. maintainer with C Battery, 1st Battalion, 43rd Air
George Valenzuela, a team crewmember. Each team Defense Artillery, the certificate for her Army
member was given the award by DeAntona and a coin Achievement Medal.
“Getting the award from the brigade commander “Even though this is the first time this team has
and sergeant major gave all of us a definite sense of worked together to load live missiles, because they
pride,” said Saunier. “It also shows us the mentality of were trained and because they were certified, they got
the brigade, that our mission is important.” the task done in an outstanding manner,” said
The missile reload was conducted March 3, and the Dominguez.
Soldiers from B and C batteries, 1st Bn., 43rd ADA, In 10 hours, the Soldiers loaded 32 missiles on two
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arrived on site that day, said Wingo. used it as motivation, said Wingo.
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PHOTOS BY SGT. ALEXANDER BURNETT [were] told, ‘You’re reloading missiles,’” Wingo said. of thing just motivates me,” said Wingo.
Pfc. Don Parrott, a Patriot missile system oper- “By 6:30, we were out there putting up live birds.” The mission was a success, and the Soldiers loaded
ator and maintainer in B Battery, 1st Battalion, Long, Wingo and Walchock had loaded live mis- all missiles before the deadline. The success of the
43rd Air Defense Artillery, calls an order to his siles before, but the other three members had only mission was later recognized by the Air Force base
team during a guided missile transport and trained with dummy canisters. This marked the first command and Army Central commanders, said
reload mission March 3. time this team loaded live missiles together. Dominguez.
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Keep it ‘pool’ this summer; Safety tips provided for summer fun
RONALD DURAND taking chemical readings every two In the event of overcrowding, the pool ing children and prohibiting running and
Monitor Staff hours, to checking the filtration system may be cleared every hour for 15 minutes diving still apply.
Summertime is here again, and it’s for leaks and constantly observing chil- at the discretion of the lifeguard in Other rules include never diving in
almost time for your nearest Fort Bliss dren in the water, lifeguards are charge. Adults and lap swimmers may shallow ends, never adults on the chil-
pool to open. Safety is one important required to follow important rules, Pino remain in the pool during the breaks. All dren’s slide and always going down slides
issue to address, however, before all the said. patrons are subject to lifeguard safety feet first.
‘fun in the sun’ takes place. “There have been accidents,” he said. instructions. “These rules are not strict at all,” Pino
To Fort Bliss safety specialist “We have many kids slipping in the pool Supervision is an important part of said. “They’re just common sense rules
Rodolfo Pino, the most important rule to [area] because they want to run, and pool safety, as the crowding of pool facil- that are geared to keep Soldiers and their
abide by is simply to follow the regula- they’re not supposed to run and they ities can hamper parents’ ability to keep families safe. The lasting rule that should
tions and not take them lightly, a rule of slip and really hurt themselves – usually track of where their children are and what be followed is to enforce these rules
thumb he stressed Thursday at the Fort minor accidents.” they are doing. accordingly.”
Bliss safety office. Appendix G of Pool Safety “Supervision is a really important There are two pools available to the
Pino said pool visitors should consid- Regulations states that individuals with thing,” Pino said. “If every parent would Fort Bliss community. The Replica
er themselves safe as long as they fol- any communicable diseases, skin ail- supervise their kids, it would be a great Aquatic Center is open year round,
low the rules at Fort Bliss pools, like the ments or open wounds are restricted from help. But, you have those parents that Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to
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safety inspectors will have to write you alcoholic beverages or drugs allowed states that one parent or adult may only and June 6 through September 1. The
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