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                                                                  Spring 2007

                                                                  Features
                                                                  Instant Service Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                                  Army Unveils Light Utility Helicopter UH-72A Lakota . . . . . . . . . . . 6
                                                                  Air Force A.B.U Ready for Duty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
                                                                  RTI Starts Warrant Officer Candidate School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Staff Sgt. Caron from Security Forces trains with the
State Police. (Photo illustration by Master Sgt. Mark             Cooperative Civil-Military Effort to Bring Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Fortin, 104th Fighter Wing.)
                                                                  Vets Helping Vets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
                                                                  Night Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
          Visit the Massachusetts                                 M.O.U.T. Training for SFS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
          National Guard Web site
                                                                  True Patriots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       www.state.ma.us/guard
                                                                  Marching With Bundeswehr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
                The Adjutant General
            Brig. Gen. Oliver J. Mason Jr.                        PTSD Primer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
              Director of Public Affairs
              Lt. Col. Charles Perenick Jr.                       All American Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
                Public Affairs Officer
               Maj. Winfield Danielson                            Manager of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
                    Managing Editor                               The Core of an Army Value . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
                    Maj. Lisa Ahaesy
                      Art Director
                 Staff Sgt. Don Veitch
                       Staff                                      Departments
                 Maj. Peter Lucht
                Maj. Robert Whalen
                                                                  Command Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
             CW3 Richard Woodlock                                 From the Director’s Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
         Master Sgt. Pallas deBettencourt
          Sgt. 1st Class Steven Tedeschi                          The Promotion Pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
               Sgt. Jordan St. John                               Short Takes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
                 Sgt. June Norton
            Spc. Eric J. Kolesnikovas




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                                                                                                                                             The Force of Freedom          1
Command Message
                                                                               Today’s EPS is still based on the replacement model principle; when a
The Enlisted Promotion System                                                  vacancy occurs within a unit, the commander may reassign qualified
                                                                               Soldiers to vacancies. However, Soldiers may only be promoted when they
Ten Years Later                                                                are on the top of the current promotion list and are eligible.
By Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Belanger,
                                                                               I should mention that the Air National Guard promotion process is very
Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters
                                                                               different. Airmen should ask their chain of command for more information
                                                                               on that process.
                                  “I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a
                                  leader of Soldiers,” the second sentence
                                                                               The current EPS has four major components:
                                  in the NCO Creed.
                                                                               1. Identifying Soldiers who display the ability to lead at the
                                                                                  next higher grade
                                  The operative word is leader. The purpose
                                                                               2. Preparing eligible Soldiers for consideration
                                  of the promotion system is to identify and
                                                                               3. Selecting and assigning those identified to leadership positions
                                  select Soldiers who can lead. Its purpose
                                                                               4. Promoting and training those assigned
                                  is not to reward Soldiers for outstanding
                                  work or service; that is what the Army
                                                                               Identifying Soldiers who display the ability to lead
                                  Awards Program is for.
                                                                               Not every person who joins the military is ready to lead, but I believe with
                                                                               proper coaching and mentoring most Soldiers can be developed into
                                  Our Enlisted Promotion System was
                                                                               successful leaders.
                                  implemented in 1996 after many years of
                                  study and pilot programs. It has changed
                                                                               A Soldier’s readiness to lead must be determined by those who know that
                                  several times since its implementation
                                                                               Soldier best. Our promotion system recognizes this fact, directing unit
Command Sgt. Maj.                 and today the EPS is a model for other
                                                                               commanders to recommend for promotion only those who demonstrate
Richard Belanger                  armies around the globe.
                                                                               the potential to lead.
In 1992, the director of the Army National Guard created a team to deter-
                                                                               Soldiers who are clearly not ready must also be identified, and identified
mine why many Soldiers selected for promotion did not have the NCO
                                                                               early to ensure this determination is well-documented and just. They must
courses required. This team found that the Soldiers attending NCO profes-
                                                                               then be counseled, mentored and shown ways to improve so they will be
sional development courses were not always the ones being promoted.
                                                                               ready for future consideration.
Faced with shrinking training accounts, the director then charged the team
                                                                               Preparing Soldiers for promotion
to find a way to fix the problem. The team studied all the promotion
                                                                               Having high expectations for promotion candidates is the only way to
systems in the Army. Their analysis of the Army National Guard system
                                                                               maintain a professional NCO Corps.
showed varying practices and standards. The team found evidence that
Soldiers who were found “best qualified” for assignment to vacancies
                                                                               Soldiers must prepare every day for selection, seeking education oppor-
might never be selected for promotion and assigned to those positions.
                                                                               tunities and challenging assignments; interacting thoughtfully with
                                                                               superiors, peers and subordinates; and ensuring all accomplishments are
The analysis also showed little confidence by Soldiers in the selection
                                                                               documented on the Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report.
process for NCOs.
                                                                               Everything a Soldier does to enhance his or her skills and demonstrate a
In addition to the team’s findings, the Total Army was concerned that it was
                                                                               willingness to improve will count toward promotion, but it must be
training far more Soldiers in NCOES than were needed for promotion and
                                                                               documented.
that too many Soldiers selected for promotion were not attending the
courses.
                                                                               Selecting and assigning leaders
                                                                               The selection process begins with a board for Soldiers recommended by
A new regulation was written, based on the wartime replacement model
                                                                               their commanders.
used by the Army for decades. In that system a unit takes stock of its
available personnel, cross levels within the unit, then requests replace-
                                                                               The board receives a computer generated NGB form 4100 with up to 600
ments based on shortfalls.
                                                                               total points earned in several categories of individual achievement or
The new system did several things to increase fairness and efficiency:         competency – education, awards, weapon and physical fitness scores, etc.
• Used the established national database                                       The board then grants up to 400 additional leadership points based on the
• Used a local database to store information not in the national database      NCOER, military school evaluations and other documents in the Soldier’s
• Limited promotion boards to one each per pay grade                           official file.
• Eliminated waivers
• Increased the linkage between the assignment and                             Finally, the board generates a selection list by grade and military occupa-
  promotions regulations                                                       tional specialty, in the order determined by the total points earned by each
• Used the promotion list as the NCOES priority of training list               Soldier. Selection and assignment is determined by the Soldier’s position
• Assured all eligible Soldiers were considered for promotion                  on this list.
• Allowed Soldiers to choose assignment considerations
• Provided a single promotion list by grade, MOS and                           The strength of the system is that it is designed to be fair and impartial,
  assignment consideration                                                     based on measurable points. On the other hand, inaccurate and incomplete
                                                                               data submission results in a disservice to both Soldier and system.
                                                                               Therefore, it is critically important that the 4100, NCOER and other docu-
                                                                               mentation in the Soldier’s file are accurate and complete.
                                                                                                                                     ...Continued on page 4

                                                                                                                                The Force of Freedom 3
Command Message continued...
From this point the unit replacement process takes over. After a                     NCO education is not optional. Though Soldiers can be promoted prior to
realignment of personnel in a unit – due to other promotions, transfers,             completion of training, failure to demand professional development can
retirements, etc. – commanders request a fill for resulting shortfalls from          ruin a Soldier’s career and weaken the overall readiness of the unit.
the selection list. The first eligible and available Soldier on the selection list
is notified and then transferred to the vacancy.                                     In summary, we cannot allow the promotion into the NCO ranks of Soldiers
                                                                                     who are not skilled or prepared to handle the responsibility to train Soldiers
The EPS provides commanders with a fair and impartial means to fill                  for war.
vacant leadership positions, but it requires that commanders request
replacements on a timely basis and that their higher headquarters quickly            It is up to leaders at all levels to help each Soldier develop their potential
process the request and resulting personnel actions.                                 to lead and recommend for promotion only those who are ready.
                                                                                     Information must be accurately recorded in NCOERs and other documents
Promoting and training those assigned                                                in Soldiers’ official military files.
Today’s regulations allow promotion prior to the required training. This
feature reduces the wait time for promotions, but NCOs can find them-                The system isn’t perfect, but it is fair provided everyone in the system fully
selves in a leadership position prior to receiving the necessary training. For       participates in each and every step of the process. If we do, we will main-
this reason, it is critical that commanders recommend only those Soldiers            tain a strong, professional and competent NCO Corps that embodies the
they believe are ready to lead.                                                      warrior ethos; if we do not, we fail our Soldiers and our mission.

Recommending a Soldier who isn’t ready is a disservice to that Soldier,              Failure is not an option. *
and the men and women who will be subordinate to that Soldier.

                                                                                     affairs representative, or UPAR, could have submitted a story that captured
From the Director’s Chair...                                                         the unit’s training or operation. UPARs are Soldiers and Airmen first, but
‘Looking for a Challenge?’                                                           are tasked by the commander with public affairs as an additional duty.

                                    By Lt. Col. Charles Perenick,                    Talented unit members who have a keen sense for taking a picture or for
                                    Director of Public Affairs                       writing a few lines summarizing your unit’s experience make great UPARs.
                                                                                     And the Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs Office will help
                                    Recently I celebrated 27 years in the            train them. For more information, call Master Sgt. Pallas deBettencourt
                                    Massachusetts National Guard.                    at (508) 233-6866.

                                    As I reflect back on my career, I realize        But one does not have to be a UPAR to tell the unit’s story. Each one of us
                                    that out of all the positions I have held,       can make the difference when it comes to public affairs.
                                    director of public affairs has probably
                                    been the most challenging and rewarding          I encourage Soldiers who are interested in writing or photography,
                                    to date.                                         whether to become a public affairs Soldier, UPAR, or just to submit an
                                                                                     occasional article about your unit to the Minuteman, to log onto
                                 Public affairs does not take an inordinate
                                                                                     http://www.atsc.army.mil/accp/aipdnew.asp and to check out the
                                 amount of physical stamina or endurance.
                                                                                     correspondence courses in public affairs training. I think you will find the
                                 It does demand the ability to multitask,
Lt. Col. Charles Perenick                                                            training different from anything you have experienced in the military
                                 mental acuity, patience and a high degree
                                                                                     before, but equally challenging and rewarding.
of attention to detail. My tenure in public affairs, both as the battalion
commander of the 65th Public Affairs Operations Center and as the
                                                                                     Airmen should consult their base training office for more information on
director of public affairs at Joint Force Headquarters, have helped me
                                                                                     public affairs training.
sharpened these traits.
                                                                                     Soldiers and Airmen who decide to pursue public affairs as a military
The power a well-written sentence or well-prepared speech possesses can
                                                                                     career have several options in Massachusetts.
boggle the mind. A well-taken picture truly is worth a thousand words. The
Massachusetts National Guard can offer Soldiers and Airmen first-class
                                                                                     The 65th PAOC, which is located in Lexington and falls under the 51st
education and training in public affairs.
                                                                                     Troop Command, is always looking for Soldiers. In addition to writing and
Public affairs training for all services is conducted at Fort Meade, Md., right      photography, the 65th provides media credentialing and escorting, media
outside of our nation’s capitol. The training lasts approximately 10 weeks           briefs, Web design and management, and command information
and consists of writing, photography, broadcasting and videography – all             periodicals to military units in its area of operations. For further informa-
taught by professionals from the military public affairs community.                  tion about the PAOC, contact Staff Sgt. Robert Hickey at (781) 402-0170.

Once a graduate of the public affairs course, you will be tasked with                The fighter wings and the 26th “Yankee” Brigade Combat Team also have
getting out the Guard’s story. Local hometown news releases, submissions             public affairs positions. Airmen should contact their base public affairs
to command publications and local cable access television programs are               officer and Soldiers should consult their chain of command for more infor-
just a few of the many avenues available to inform and educate the military          mation on these opportunities.
and civilian community.
                                                                                     Finally, the Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs Office has a limited
There are, however, a limited number of public affairs Soldiers and Airmen           number of public affairs opportunities for Soldiers and Airmen in grade
in the Massachusetts National Guard and an unlimited number of stories               E-6 and above. Call (508) 233-6866 for more information.
to tell.

Sadly, I have often heard of a unit conducting exciting, dynamic and                 Regardless of which options you choose, I think you will find public affairs
realistic training, but I never saw a photograph or a story. A unit public           work as interesting, challenging and rewarding as I have. *

4 Minuteman Spring 2007
Instant Service Records                                                           “The goal is to provide one-stop shopping,” said Michael Perna, chief of
By Maj. Winfield Danielson, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs           the Military Records Branch. “Originally, if you wanted Army Guard, Air
                                                                                  Guard and wartime service records, you had to call three different places.
So, you’re applying for a job with the city that offers veterans preference.      Now you can make one phone call.”

Your application packet has to be in tomorrow. You thought you had your           Or, if you are a town veterans’ agent, you visit one Web site. In June 2004
Department of Defense Form 214, but now you can’t find it. Was it lost in         the Military Records Branch demonstrated a new Web site that provides
the move last year?                                                               veterans service offices with online access to service records.

Regardless, you need it today. Where can you turn?                                “Now we have it – boom – instantaneously,” Sweeney said about Web
                                                                                  access. “That’s a great asset for vets, because sometimes they need their
If you served while a citizen of Massachusetts, your DD-214 and other             records yesterday. Particularly when they’re applying for a government job
important documents are just a phone call away!                                   or filing for Social Security and they thought they had their records, but
                                                                                  discover at the last minute they were lost.”
Formerly known as the War Records Office, the Military Records Branch
now consolidates DD-214s, not only for wartime service, but for any active        Perna believes the comprehensive electronic database of service records
duty service. The branch also maintains Massachusetts National Guard              in Massachusetts is unique, and said that other states have expressed
service records.                                                                  interest in the system, as has the National Personnel Records Center, in St.
                                                                                  Louis.
“The genesis of the office goes back to 1897,” said retired Col. Leonid
Kondratiuk, director of the Massachusetts National Guard Historical               “It’s helpful for us,” said Carolyn Stewart, an expert archive technician with
Services Office, of which the Military Records Branch is a part. He added         the NPRC. She added that the Massachusetts Web site was particularly
that the War Records Section was founded to record the service of all             useful in accessing information on service members that the NPRC lost in
Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who served in the Civil War           a fire in 1973. “I wish all states had this.”
– a project finally completed and published by The Adjutant General of
Massachusetts in 1933.                                                            Massachusetts veterans and former National Guard members looking for
                                                                                  copies of their service records can visit their town veterans’ agent; call the
Since then, the War Records Office’s mission grew to record the service of        Military Records Branch at 888-301-3103, extension 7781; or e-mail the
Massachusetts citizens in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World            branch at military.records@state.ma.us. *
War II, Korea, Vietnam and all other conflicts
to the present day. But accessing the
records, which were filed in hard copy, could
be a slow process.

“You used to have to mail in a request, and
you were lucky to get a response in a week to
10 days,” said Robert Sweeney, deputy
director of Springfield Veterans’ Services.

Clearly an upgrade was needed. In 2001 the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts provided
$1 million in grants through the Information
Technology Division to begin digitizing the
records.

“The out-moded manual system we had was
a nightmare for legislators, community
groups and government agencies alike,” said
Richard Dowdell, legislative liaison for the
Massachusetts National Guard. “With a
digital system you’re not dependent on
someone’s arcane knowledge of where a
three-by-five card is in a shoe box.”

The result was much quicker access to
records. The average time to locate a record
dropped from 15 minutes to mere seconds.

Initially the mandate was to simply scan war
service DD-214s and record them electroni-
cally in a database. But over the next five
years, the project grew to include all active
duty and National Guard records.              Illustration by Staff Sgt. Donald Veitch

                                                                                                                                    The Force of Freedom 5
Army Unveils Light
Utility Helicopter
UH-72A Lakota
By Lt. Col. Martin Downie and Kim Henry

Gen. Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief of Staff of the
Army, and Joe RedCloud, a chief of the Oglala
Sioux Tribe, Lakota Nation, accepted the Army’s
first Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, UH-72A, in a
December ceremony in Columbus, Miss.

“The Light Utility Helicopter – from concept
development to material fielding to rapid deploy-
ment – is not only serving as a catalyst for change
across the Army, it is also accelerating the speed
of Army aviation modernization and integration
with other services and government agencies,”
said Cody.

The Army has a long-standing tradition of using
American Indian names, such as terms, tribes
and chiefs for its helicopters. In the case of the
Lakota aircraft, the linkage is between the Lakota
                                                   The Army's first Lakota Light Utility Helicopter is displayed during a Dec. 11 ceremony in Columbus, Miss.
legacy as stalwart defenders of their homeland (Photo by Dianne Bond.)
and the nature of the aircraft's intended domestic
missions.

“We’re pleased that you honor our tribe by naming this helicopter Lakota.       The fielding of the LUH is part of an ongoing Army level effort to transform
You are not only honoring our past, you are recognizing that we are still       its aviation capability through the deliberate reinvestment of funds from the
here, joint partners in the heritage of the promise of America.” RedCloud       canceled 2004 Comanche program.
told the audience.
                                                                                                     The Army National Guard will receive the majority of
                                                                                                     the 322 new aircraft. Initial aircraft were to be sent to
                                                                                                     the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., for
                                                                                                     medical evacuation missions in January 2007. The
                                                                                                     UH-72A Lakotas will replace UH-60 Black Hawks,
                                                                                                     which will be transferred to the National Guard for
                                                                                                     operational missions.

                                                                                                     “The Lakota heralds a new beginning for our Army
                                                                                                     and for our communities across every state,” said
                                                                                                     Cody. “It is our nation’s responsibility and the Army’s
                                                                                                     duty to provide our National Guard Soldiers with the
                                                                                                     tools they need to respond fully and rapidly to home-
                                                                                                     land security missions and national disasters.

                                                                                                     “This exceptional platform will fly for years to come in
                                                                                                     America’s skies. It is an aircraft we needed and we are
                                                                                                     proud to see it take flight,” he said.

                                                                                                     The UH-72A is a commercial aircraft designed to
                                                                                                     conduct light general support tasks in permissive,
                                                                                                     non-combat environments. Those tasks include civil
                                                                                                     search and rescue, personnel recovery, evacuation,
                                                                                                     counter-drug and limited civil command and control
                                                                                                     operations in the conduct of Homeland Security. *

                                                                                                     (Downie serves with the Office of the Chief Army
                                                                                                     Public Affairs, Henry with Army Aviation and Missile
                                                                                                     Command.)




6 Minuteman Spring 2007
Air Force A.B.U
Ready for Duty
The new Airman battle uniform will go out to the field
around the middle of next year. Airmen assigned to Air
Expeditionary Force rotations 7 and 8, scheduled to
deploy between May and August, will be among the
first to get it. They can buy the ABU about six weeks
before they leave, officials say. It should be available to
other Airmen by next summer. Once the ABU is
available in base clothing stores, Airmen are author-
ized to wear it. In all, the new gear will cost about $370
plus badges and rank. Clothing allowances will
increase in October.

ABU Features
The pants now feature an elastic waistband for easy
give and take and added calf pockets. A pocket within
a pocket will allow airmen to stow smaller items such
as cell phones.

Uniform officials added a slender vertical pocket
to the blouse’s left forearm.
Inside, there is space
to store maps or small
notebooks. *




                                                              The Force of Freedom 7
                                                                               The 101st RTI’s first class started in January with 11 candidates, said state
RTI Starts Warrant                                                             Command Chief Warrant Officer Peter Georgenes.

Officer Candidate School                                                       Those that graduate from the warrant officer candidate school and receive
                                                                               their commissions are then required to attend a course in whatever
By Capt. Brad Leighton, 65th Public Affairs Operations Center                  technical area they choose. The new warrant officer can either attend the
                                                                               full-time Army school or can go through a reserve component school that
With a half century in the rearview mirror, Mr. Charles Eaton started anew     involves two two-week AT periods and two distance learning phases,
on Dec. 10.                                                                    Georgenes said.

The former master sergeant became the first Massachusetts Soldier              The Massachusetts National Guard needs warrant officers, Georgenes
awarded a warrant officer commission through the new Reserve                   said. “Right now we are at 67 to 68 percent strength. We have 167 warrant
Component Warrant Officer Candidate School.                                    officer slots and only 105 warrant officers.” Shortages in property book
                                                                               officers, military personnel technicians and military intelligence
His 19-year-old son, Steven, pinned the new rank on his father in front of     technicians are particularly acute.
family and friends in the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Rockland.
                                                                               Eaton will boost the Massachusetts Guard’s warrant officer ranks as the
“This is a true testament, well, to me,” said Eaton, drawing laughs from the   new maintenance officer for the 211th Military Police Battalion.
crowd of about 100. “Many people have asked why, at 49 to 50 and as a
master sergeant, I decided to go to a demanding school where most of the       “He is the guy we need to do the job at the right time,” said Lt. Col. John
other students are a decade younger. Well, one thing I worked on all my        MacPherson, the battalion commander. He has known Eaton for 17 years.
career was to keep going forward. I realized all the sergeant majors in the
state are too damn young, so, at age 50, there was no place to go.”            “It was a demanding course, with (physical training), ruck marches,
                                                                               demanding classroom training, studies at home and home projects,” Eaton
With some prodding from his friend Chief Warrant Officer David Cunniff,        said. He thanked his wife, Kathy, for encouraging him when he strained to
Eaton applied and was accepted to the warrant officer school’s pilot           keep up with his younger classmates.
program. He was one of only 119 students from 13 sites across the nation
to graduate from the program at the War Memorial Auditorium                    Balancing work and family demands along with the course proved difficult.
in Indianapolis Sept. 30. He waited a few months to accept his commission      “I was on academic probation at one point and got counseled for it,” Eaton
so he could have two years time in grade as a master sergeant. That will       said. But he drove on. Kathy said that his whole family was rooting him on.
allow the maintenance expert an earlier promotion to chief warrant officer.    “He did it. We’re very proud,” she said. “It motivated him. Now he runs five
                                                                               miles a day.” *
The mentally and physically demanding program is nine months long.
Three months are done through a computer-based distance learning
program. Then there are five weekend drills running Friday evenings
through Sunday night followed by two weeks of annual training.

While Eaton attended drill at Camp Rell in Connecticut and AT at Camp           Those interested in attending the Reserve Component – Warrant Officer
Atterbury, Ind., new Massachusetts Guard warrant officer candidates will        Candidate School can contact CW4 Mary Pond, the state warrant
go to the 101st Regional Training Institute on Camp Edwards.                    officer strength officer, at 508-233-7304.


                                                                                                                                 The Force of Freedom 9
                                                                               “The Massachusetts National Guard showed such great generosity to
Cooperative Civil-Military Effort                                              extend this building for our use,” said Marine Col. Michael Belcher,
to Bring 550 Jobs to State                                                     the commander of the 25th Marine Regiment. “This project went from
                                                                               conception to chaos to completion in less than a year. That was a tribute
By Capt. Brad Leighton, 65th Public Affairs Operations Center                  to everyone involved. This was a true joint effort.”

Thanks to cooperation between the National Guard and several other state       Assistant Adjutant General Raymond Murphy said the deal helped the
and federal agencies, a major drug manufacturer is investing $1.1 billion      state, but also helped the Guard. In a few years, the Marines will move to
in Massachusetts and plans to create 550 high-paying jobs.                     a new facility on Devens as part of the federal Base Realignment and
                                                                               Closure plan.
Bristol Meyers Squibb was on a nationwide search for a place to build a
1.5 million square-foot plant that would manufacture Orencia, an anti-         “When the Marines move out, we’ll get a newly renovated facility back,”
rheumatoid arthritis drug.                                                     said Murphy, a retired Guard colonel.

Massachusetts was competing with four other states for the development,        Charles Duval, Deven’s public works manager, said that everything had to
said William Burke, executive vice president of military initiatives for       be in place quickly or the drug manufacturer would choose another site
MassDevelopment, the state agency charged with spurring growth on              outside Massachusetts. “It only took 150 days from the decision to move
Devens.                                                                        the Marines to completion. That took a lot of teamwork from everyone
                                                                               involved.”
Bristol Meyers Squibb found close to 90 acres on the former Army fort that
would be ideal, but a crucial 13 of those acres were still owned by the Army   The Massachusetts State Legislature passed a special appropriation to
– including a motor pool leased to the 1st Battalion of the 25th Marine        fund the renovation work at the Guard facility, with Gov. Mitt Romney
Regiment.                                                                      helping to push the bill through, Duval said.

The Army said it would sell the site as long as MassDevelopment found a        In Washington, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan
suitable new home for the Marines.                                             helped pave the sale of the Army property to the state, he added.

“If the Marines couldn’t be moved in a timely manner, it was a deal            Burke said the National Guard’s involvement should not be understated.
breaker,” Burke said. “Bristol Meyers wasn’t going to wait around and they
had other suitors.”                                                            “Without the building, I’m not sure we could’ve got the Marines moved in
                                                                               time,” he said. “But, thankfully, we did. So, everyone wins.”
That’s when the Massachusetts National Guard stepped in. With the
approval of the National Guard Bureau, the Massachusetts Guard offered         The average yearly salary for the drug manufacturing plant will be $60,000
the Marines a building near the Combined Service Maintenance Shop just         a year, Burke said. The construction should start in the spring. Within two
outside the Devens gate. MassDevelopment agreed to invest $1.5 million         to three years, 350 workers will be making the arthritis drug. Within five
to renovate the building to suit the Marines’ needs.                           years the plant should reach full production, he added. *



                                                                                                Marine Col. Michael F. Belcher, the commander of the 25th
                                                                                                Marine Regiment, presents a certificate of appreciation to the
                                                                                                Massachusetts National Guard’s Chief Warrant Officer John
                                                                                                Lemire, the assistant superintendent of the Combined Service
                                                                                                Maintenance Shop in Ayer. About 20 Soldiers from the shop
                                                                                                helped move the Marines into a Guard-owned building next to
                                                                                                the CSMS. The move helped spur the development of a drug
                                                                                                manufacturing plant on Devens.




10 Minuteman Spring 2007
Vets Helping Vets
By Spc. Charles Espie,
65th Public Affairs Operations Center

The holiday season is all about tradition, and after a
three-year hiatus, the Bristow Football League, which
for nine years was a four-on-four flag football league,
finally got back together. In a small park on Bristow
Street in Saugus November 26, they started a new
tradition: Raising money for the Chelsea Soldier’s
Home, which provides veterans quality medical care
and living accommodations.

The inaugural Pro-Bowl fundraiser game was the
brain child of Justin Barrett, who is a lieutenant in the
Massachusetts Army National Guard and an
Iraqi Freedom veteran. Barrett began the process of
putting together the game by making phone calls to
old buddies from the league.

“The league disbanded after I deployed to Iraq, so I
decided we get together for a game and give back to
the community that could use some extra support.
But this fundraiser will be bigger next year,” said
Barrett.

Once Barrett used the phrase, “Pro-Bowl Fundraiser,”
BFL veterans, as well as some new recruits, did not
want to turn him down. “It’s fun, great to see the guys
again, and for a good cause. I am down here today
because of Justin,” said Jim Abbott, an Army veteran
and participant in the game.

Rick May, one of Barrett’s long-standing rivals, said,
“It’s nice to come down here and give back to the
veterans and Soldiers who help protect America’s
freedom.”

Army Capt. Mark Glenn, also an Iraqi Freedom
veteran, said, “As soon as I found out it was for other
veterans, I jumped at the chance because unlike
veterans from the current war, Vietnam vets were not
given the recognition they deserved for their service.”

Almost every player donated money, but besides the
players, two local businesses lent their support.
Holovak & Coughlin, a sporting goods and apparel
store in Arlington, provided game equipment – flags,
cones, and mouth guards. Davis Enterprises, an
embroidery shop in Watertown, provided custom
made shirts for the Most Valuable Players of the game.

The fundraiser was a beneficial means to get
community residents as well as National Guard and
Army veterans together in order to have some fun and
give back to the community. Barrett hopes that other
BFL members will participate next year to sustain the
tradition.

“We invite anyone to come out and play.
Help referee or stand on the sidelines and cheer, I
don’t care. Look at my wife. She spent six hours here
today,” Barrett said post-game. *


                                                            The Force of Freedom 11
NIGHT LIGHTS
Story and photos by Lt. Col. David Grenier,
Installations Officer from the 212th Engineering Installation Squadron

The Boston Red Sox may never play under the lights at Kendrick field on
the North side of Worcester, but 450 boys and girls of the Joe Schwartz
Little League will.

Thanks to numerous volunteers and the efforts of the 212th Engineering
Installation Squadron, Massachusetts National Guard in Milford, night
games will be played here for the first time in 50 years.

The project, coordinated by the Schwartz Little League board of directors
president Joe D’Agostino, called on parents and local contractors to
volunteer or donate labor and materials to offset the cost of the light
installation. According to Capt. Phil Barbon of the 212th EIS, a parent and
coach in the league, the project was over two years in the making. He
explained the goal of the installation was to “give the kids an opportunity
to play and practice more during the months of limited daylight we have
here in the Northeast. This also makes it possible for other city leagues to
use the facility.”

D’Agostino said, “We are truly grateful for the 212th’s efforts. In my eyes
they are all heroes.”
                                                                               A low-profile utility vehicle of the 212th EIS was used to raise two
Valuable training was given to 15 installers from the 212th’s Cable and 60' and 70' light poles. This vehicle not only lifts and guide poles into
Antenna section. A low-profile utility vehicle operated by Tech. Sgt. Keith position, but can bore holes 30" in diameter to a depth of 20'.
Delage was used to raise two 60’ and 70’ light poles. This vehicle not only
lifts and guide poles into position, but can bore holes 30” in diameter to a
depth of 20’. Ditch Witch trenchers and backhoes were used for 1,100 feet
of electrical conduit and cable. Due to rock and debris left over from
previous construction projects, old fashioned picks
and shovels were used on portions of the trench.

Barbon and other parents shared overnight security
detail watching over the lights and equipment
until everything was safely in the air. The weather
cooperated and allowed the four-day project to be
completed on time.

Installation project manager Master Sgt. Rob
Tousignant said, “This is a great opportunity to display
our skill and professionalism. The customer gets a cost
effective solution and we get great experience for our
troops. We also get the satisfaction of completing a
project that will enhance the Little League experience
for so many kids.”

Lt. Col. Mark Kelley, commander of the 212th,
encourages members to be an active part of their
community. “The opportunity to serve the community
while training our personnel is a win-win situation for
everyone. Many unit members have children and
anytime we can be involved with helping kids, we feel
like we are doing it for our own family. There is a lot of
satisfaction in that.”

The first time the home team takes the field under the
lights, Little League players, volunteers, and fans will
be sharing the night and enjoying the fun. *




12 Minuteman Spring 2007
M.O.U.T.
Training for SFS
By Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Johnson,
104th Security Forces Squadron

Security Forces must train to operate in an urban environment,
keeping in mind that the purpose of any Military Operations on
Urbanized Terrain operation is to seize or hold terrain and or
disrupt or destroy an enemy force. Combat in MOUT consists
mostly of close quarters battle, which is a very violent and highly
stressful environment.                                                 Members of the 104th Security Forces Squadron enter an abandoned home while
                                                                       conducting MOUT Training with the Mass State Police. (Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Fortin,
                                                                       104th Fighter Wing.)
This past November, 26 members of the 104th Security Forces
Squadron, with the support from personnel from 104th Civil
Engineer Squadron and 104th Medical Group, traveled to the
Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree to conduct
MOUT training. The security forces personnel were first given
classroom instruction and a weapons safety briefing prior to
hands-on training. The exercises and training techniques were
designed to be executed by a standard four-person fire team.

“This couldn’t have happened without the support of Chief Master
Sgt. Lawrence Heller and the staff at the State Police Academy,”
said Lt. Col. Peter Green. “Our unit has been looking for a facility
that would allow us to build our skills in MOUT for quite some time
and the facilities at the academy were outstanding. The
multiple houses created a real setting that challenged the security    Members of the 104th Security Forces Squadron prepare to enter an abandon home while
forces team to adapt and overcome obstacles with each new              conducting MOUT Training. (Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Fortin, 104th Fighter Wing.)
environment.” *




                                                                                                                                 The Force of Freedom 13
    True Patriots:
    Silver Star Winner, Guard Re-enlistments Highlight of Football Game
    Story and photos by Capt. Brad Leighton, 65th Public Affairs Operations Center           The generals were also there to cheer on their own troops. Close to 100
                                                                                             National Guard troops from all over New England took the Oath of Office at
    It was the first time in three years that Army Chief Warrant Officer                     halftime of the game to the roar of the crowd. These include 20 from
    Christopher Palumbo was home.                                                            Rhode Island, 17 from New Hampshire and 10 from Massachusetts. It was
                                                                                             the third such ceremony hosted by the Patriots this year.
    In 2003, he came home on leave and spent some quiet time with friends
    and family. On Dec. 17, he was greeted by a cheering crowd of 60,000.                    Palumbo, now stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala., earned the Silver Star in
                                                                                             Afghanistan in 2005.
    Win the Silver Star and things change a bit.
                                                                                             Palumbo was the pilot in command of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that
    Maj. Gen. Robert Bray, The Adjutant General of Rhode Island, presented                   came under fire while supporting special operations Soldiers.
    Palumbo with a coin at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro just prior to the
    National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the                   While inserting a quick reaction force and extracting two wounded
    Houston Texans. Palumbo is a native of Rhode Island.                                     Soldiers, Palumbo and his crew were credited with killing more than six
                                                                                             enemy and were constantly under fire from small arms and rocket-
    Bray was accompanied by Brig. Gen. Stephen Burritt, The Deputy Adjutant                  propelled grenades.
    General of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Army National Guard
    Commander.                                                                               The crowd also cheered for the Patriots, who won, 40-7. *




                                                                                                                                                       Maj. Gen. Robert Bray, The Adju
                                                                                                                  With a television crew zooming in,                           native
                                                                                                                  National Guard coin  to Silver Star awardee and Ocean State
                                                                                                                  a National Football League game    between the New England Patriots
                                                                                                            to
                                                                                      nal Anthem just prior
                                                               y Band sing the Natio                        17
                    ssachusetts Natio  nal Guard’s 215th Arm            ts and the Ho uston Texans on Dec.
Members of the Ma                                  New England Patrio                              , Staff Sgt.
                            ue game between the                               Class James LaFlame
       tional Football Leag                            e, from left, Sgt. 1st                            m all
the Na
                       ’s “Voices of Freedom” includ               se to 100 Natio nal Guard Soldiers fro
in Foxboro. The band                        Sgt. Jeffrey Hyde. Clo
                         eph Alves and 1st               at halftime of the ga
                                                                                me.
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 over New  England took the Oa
                      Cpl. Melinda Crosby
                                          of the Vermont Arm
                      the Vermont Guard’s                    y National Guard’s Re
                                          131st Engineer Co.                        cruitment and Reten
                      game between the Ne                     looks on. The two Ve                       tion Command gives
                                           w England Patriots                      rmonters officially re-                     ‘Pat the Patriot’ a hig
                                                               and the Houston Tex                         enlisted near midfield                     h-five as Pfc. Sarah
                                                                                  ans on Dec. 17 in Fo                            during half-time of                      Palhete of
                                                                                                         xboro.                                        the National Football
                                                                                                                                                                             League




                                    ents a Rhode Island
utant General of Rhode Island, pres
 Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Palumbo just prior to                                                                                                    they recite the Oath of
                                                                                                                                                                                    Office
                                      in Foxboro.                                                                                     a rank of Soldiers as                            the
s and the Houston Texans on Dec. 17                                                            rmont Army National Guard, left, leads        between the New    England Patriots and
                                                                 2nd Lt. Kevin Elmer of the Ve               gue gam e at Gillette Stadium
                                                                                        National Football Lea
                                                                 during halftime of the
                                                                                        c. 17.
                                                                 Houston Texans on De




                                                                                                                                                      The Force of Freedom 15
                           (From left to right) Sgt. Ryan Martin of the 182nd Engineer Company (Sapper), Pfc. Allen Membreno, Recruit Sustainment Program; Pfc.
                           Omid Gharony, RSP; Pfc. Troy Bickford, RSP; Sgt. 1st Class Steven Degan, Recruiting and Retention Command; Pfc. Michael Sutherland,
                           RSP; Pfc. John Coyne, RSP; Pfc. Sean Martin, RSP and Staff Sgt. Ryan McNamara from Headquarters 181st Infantry Battalion, at the
                           German Armed Forces Consulate, or Bundeswehr, outside of Washington, D.C., after a 30-kilometer ruck march.



                                                                                   After receiving a warm welcome to the event from Roher, the participants
Marching                                                                           received a safety and course guide briefing, followed by the march kickoff
                                                                                   at roughly 8 a.m. The Massachusetts Soldiers now had to complete the
                                                                                   undulant course in less than five hours.
with Bundeswehr                                                                    Soldiers were previously required to complete other events to test their
                                                                                   physical and mental endurance including a timed 200-meter swim in under
Story and photo by Pfc. James Deady, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
                                                                                   six minutes, a 3,000-meter run in less than 13 minutes, a 100-meter sprint
                                                                                   under 13.4 seconds, a long jump with a distance of at least at least 4.75
On Oct. 5, 2006, seven Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard’s
                                                                                   meters, a shot throw of at least eight meters, qualify in certain first-aid
Recruit Sustainment Program and three other Soldiers from
                                                                                   skills and qualify for marksmanship with an M-9 pistol. All the physically
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maryland, participated in an 18.7-mile
                                                                                   oriented events are adjusted accordingly to age and gender.
rucksack march in Restin, Va., to earn the German Armed Forces Sports
Efficiency Badge, courtesy of the Bundeswehr, or the German Armed
                                                                                   For our 10 Guardsmen, they would have to do three laps on the course to
Forces.
                                                                                   earn their German Proficiency Badge. At check points, Soldiers get signed
                                                                                   off for proof of participation; they rest, eat and hydrate, receive medical
“We had 10 participants, seven of which were from the Recruit
                                                                                   attention and perform medical maintenance on themselves. Time manage-
Sustainment Program,” said Massachusetts National Guard Sgt. 1st Class
                                                                                   ment is the responsibility of the Soldier or in the case of the RSP soldiers,
Steven Degnan, of Recruiting and Retention Command.
                                                                                   the responsibility of Degnan and Sgt. 1st Class Jodie Dove, a medic in the
                                                                                   Rhode Island National Guard.
The Soldiers arrived outside the nation’s capital at approximately 11 p.m.
and set up camp on the site of the ruck march. After a night’s sleep in the
                                                                                   “The event is an outstanding, motivating experience for Soldiers,
field, the participants awoke at 5:30 a.m. and prepped their 25 pound
                                                                                   especially for RSP Soldiers,” said Degnan. “Some Soldiers can be in the
ruck gear.
                                                                                   RSP program for almost a year, so it’s a great opportunity and accomplish-
                                                                                   ment to wear the German Armed Forces Sports Proficiency Badge on your
Collectively participating in the event, the Soldiers were a mix of National
                                                                                   Class A’s after basic training or advanced individual training.”
Guard, Active Duty and German Armed Forces soldiers. The primary
spokesman for the event was German Armed Forces Sgt. Maj. Walter
                                                                                   The event is open to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Based on their
Roher.
                                                                                   performance, Soldiers can earn a gold, silver or bronze badge that is
                                                                                   authorized to be worn with the Class A and Army dress blue uniform. *


16 Minuteman Spring 2007
                                                                             returning veteran, but psychosocial support from psychiatrists,
PTSD Primer                                                                  psychotherapists, clergy and, above all, other veterans is the key to the
                                                                             returning veteran’s well-being when PTSD is suspected.
By Col. Alexandra Accardi, Massachusetts Army National Guard State Surgeon   If we are to successfully address PTSD in our returning Soldiers and
                                                                             Airmen, our overall approach to this very real and potentially devastating
The syndrome known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a growing con-       syndrome must be:
cern with respect to our troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.    1. Screening/recognition            2. Reassurance
                                                                             3. Medications when needed          4. Psychosocial/therapeutic support
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been recognized since the Civil War. It   5. Peer/family/community support
has had many names, but it has never been as accepted or understood as
it is today.                                                                 Above all, we must allow the dedicated veterans with PTSD to have a voice
                                                                             – without shame or guilt – so we can help release the visual, physical and
More than 35 percent of Soldiers returning home have sought treatment        mental horrors they have experienced. They have done their duty; this duty
for PTSD, but many others have not recognized the symptoms.                  is ours.

Symptoms tend to be more prevalent in those who have experienced             Soldiers, Airmen or family members with questions regarding PTSD can
greater combat experience; those who received some kind of trauma or         get more information from VA Centers and Massachusetts Outreach
were engaged in a firefight, for example. Symptoms include nightmares,       Centers. *
difficulty relating to stressful situations – excessive anger, sadness or
irritability – an inability to openly discuss previous events, insomnia,      Veterans Centers in Massachusetts:
                                                                              VA - http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp
decreased concentration, isolation, detachment or feelings of event
                                                                              Boston Vet Center      (617) 424-0665 Brockton Vet Center    (508) 580-2730
recurrence.                                                                   Lowell Vet Center      (978) 453-1151 New Bedford Vet Center (508) 999-6920
                                                                              Springfield Vet Center (413) 737-5167 Worcester Vet Center   (508) 856-7428
Many veterans will discount the importance of these symptoms, despite         Massachusetts Outreach Centers
the profound impact they have on themselves and, above all, on those          Amesbury - Our Neighbor’s Table       (978) 388-1907
around them.                                                                  Beverly - Vets Counseling Services    (978) 921-4851
                                                                              Fall River - Veterans Association     (508) 679-9277
Aside from the mental and physical stress, PTSD can also lead to problems     Falmouth - Cape Cod Free Clinic       (508) 477-7090
with substance abuse, disrupt interpersonal relationships and cause feel-     Gardner - Veterans Outreach Center    (978) 632-9601
ings of shame and worthlessness; all of which only compound the impact        Haverhill - Northeast Outreach        (978) 521-9668
                                                                              Hyannis - Nam Vets Association        (508) 778-1590
of PTSD.
                                                                              Marlborough - Vets Outreach Center    (508) 460-9993
                                                                              Middleborough - Vets Outreach         (508) 947-9109
Our greatest obstacles in addressing PTSD is recognizing it in our service    Roxbury - Veterans Clearinghouse      (617) 541-8846
members and our approach to providing adequate treatment and support          Springfield - Puerto Rican Vets       (413) 731-0194
for our Soldiers and Airmen returning from active duty.
We must not only use screening tools, medications
and, potentially, psychotherapy, but also involve the
family and community as part of the overall treatment
and support structure our veterans require.

In conjunction with our veterans’ hospitals, we need
screening processes to determine who may need
support, despite the reluctance of many veterans to
seek such help.

There are multiple medications used to treat the
cluster of symptoms and emotions involved with Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder, including antidepressants,
antipsychotics and benzodiazepines. These medica-
tions can help facilitate a better reintegration for the

  Some PTSD Warning Signs:
  Physical – Difficulty sleeping, upset stomach,
  shaking, excessive sweating, headaches, diarrhea,
  dizziness, rapid heartbeat, change in appetite,
  hyper-alertness, exhaustion.
  Mental – Difficulty making decisions, shortened
  attention span, difficulty concentrating, intrusive
  memories, re-experiencing events, nightmares.
  Behavioral – Irritability, aggressive behavior, social
  isolation or withdrawal, problems at work,
  increased alcohol consumption.
  Emotional – Fear, guilt, shame, sadness, numb-
  ness, anger, mood swings, apathy.


                                                                                                                               The Force of Freedom 17
                                                                                         THRASHER ALAN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                      QUINN MARY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO
1 JUL 06 through                                                                         TURNER ADAM W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA
                                                                                         VLK JEFFREY F JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 EN COMPANY (VERTICAL)
                                                                                                                                                                                        REYES DAVID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 3RD BN 126TH AVN
                                                                                                                                                                                        RICHARDSON STANLEY K III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF
                                                                                         WILSON LISSA F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 4, HHC 3-126TH AVN             RIVAS JEREMY C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
30 SEP 06                                                                                WOODFIN DAVID W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY B 1ST BN 101 FA              ROBINSON MICHELLE E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION
                                                                                                                                                                                        RODRIGUEZ ANGEL L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
Congratulations to the following                                                         E-3                                                                                            ROMANS BRAD A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN
                                                                                                                                                                                        ROQUE LEE A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN
promotion recipients:                                                                                                                                                                   ROSE ROBERT R III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B CO 126TH CS BATTALION
                                                                                         AGHAJANIAN GREGORY D . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                           RYAN EDWARD J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125TH QUARTERMASTER CO
                                                                                         AGUIRRE DENNYS J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION                    SANJURO DENNIS L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FSC, 101 EN BN
                                                                                         ALLEN SEAN R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION              SHUMAN KARL M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF
E-2                                                                                      ANAND MONICA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                   SILVA COREY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
                                                                                         ANG BORIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV              SILVA DERRICK M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)
ALVAREZ HARVEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV             ARANGO EDWIN F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CAMP EDWARDS TNG SITE                    SLEEPER JASON K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF
ANAIR FRANCES A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN           ASTROFSKY MICHAEL D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 EN CO (SAPPER)                  SMITH SHAWN C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO A 1-181 INF (REAR)
ANDRADE LUCINDA R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)               BENOIT GLENN G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)                 SUTHERLAND MICHAEL R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF
BARTLETT KYLA D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 HHC BDE SPC TRPR BN               BERGGREN NICOLAS K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO                      TOLAND SEILEEN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO
BARTLETT MICHAEL A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION                BISHOP MICHAEL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO                     TONRY JASON J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF
BEAUBRUN LUCETTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION                BRADBURY THOMAS H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 ENGINEER CO BSTB                        TRAN BRANDON T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
BERGEN ALEXANDER R . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                   BROWN NEMIAH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                   VALLIERE NATHANIEL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN
BLANCHARD KYLE W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                 BUTLER JOHN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                  WALLACE ASHLEY D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION
BROWN CCSHRON A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF         CAISSIE SHAUN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO A 1-181 INF (REAR)           WHALEN MATTHEW J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
BROWN CHRIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV            CAMARA MATTHEW E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                         WILLIAMS DONALD D JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
BURKE DEANA M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO              CANTWELL JOSEPH A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO A 1-181 INF (REAR)                 WILSON JEROME D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION
CALDERONE JONATHAN A . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                     CATANIA NICHOLAS T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 1ST BN 181 INF              WITT BRIAN S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1060TH TC CO MDM TRK FWD
CANTONI JONATHON M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 ENGINEER CO BSTB                 CHAREST STEPHEN F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF              WOOTEN KYRELL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
CARUSO JOHN P JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION              CLARKE JOHN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HSC (-) 101 EN BN         WORSLEY BRIAN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
CHRISTENSON ROLAND V . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                     CLERVERSEAU ROMEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                        YELISEYEV KONSTANTIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 126TH CS BATTALION
COOPER EDWARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                COBB CHRISTOPHER J . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 EN COMPANY (VERTICAL)
CORREIA GREGORY B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
COSTA SARAH N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO
                                                                                         COLAMECO PAUL M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
                                                                                         COLBY ALEX A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN
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COTE RAYMOND R JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF         COLLINS JASON J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF
COX RICHARD J III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 EN COMPANY (VERTICAL)             COLON CHRISTIE A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A CO 126TH CS BATTALION                  AHLERS CARL R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN
CURTIS DOUGLAS A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 CO B 1ST BN 181 INF            DALTON ROSS W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD                 AIELLO DENNIS C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
DELGADO LUIS E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN         DAPONTE JONATHAN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                       ALDEN STEPHANIE D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION
DEPINA JEROME J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)           DEFELICE MARCO L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                     AULD RENEE D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A CO 126TH CS BATTALION
DUPELLE NICKOLAS E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION              DEFREITAS JESSIKA P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC                      BAIN TIMOTHY M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 26TH INF BDE FWD 6
DYKSTRA JOSHUA T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 3RD BN 126TH AVN            DELLICKER BENJAMIN H . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                         BARAN SHAWN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 ENGINEER CO BSTB
EGAN JESSICA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION          DEMATTOS DAVID P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189TH EN TM (ASPHALT)                  BEST MICHAEL A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO
ESPINAL ANNA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION          DERBY STEPHEN F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                    BRAIMAH SULLEYMAN A . . . . . . . . . . . .1060TH TC CO MDM TRK FWD
FERREIRA LUIS A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION           DESMARAIS KAREN L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                      BROWN NICHOLAS A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215TH ARMY BAND
FIELD NATHAN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF    DINIZ MICHAEL A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                  BROWN ROGER W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC
FIGUEROA ANGEL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET. 1, 181 EN CO (VERT)         DOWNEY PATRICK M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC                       BUEHRENS DANA J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
FLECHSIG CHRISTOPHER P . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                     ELLIS THOMAS E JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO                    BULGER SHANE P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA FWD 8(
FLEMING HOLLY E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125TH QUARTERMASTER CO                FAY JEFFREY D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E CO 126TH CS BATTALION             BUZANOSKI ADAM M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 3, B CO, 638 SPT BN
FLETCHER DONALD M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)                FERREIRA DEREK S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                     CARDIN, ROBERT J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE SQ
FURTADO JOAO S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220TH QM TEAM (WTR SUP)              FIELDS JACK T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY B 1ST BN 101 FA          CASALETTO MATTHEW R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 101ST ENGR BN FWD
GARCIA PENA CARLOS A . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                   FISHLIN SETH M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179 EN DET (FIREFIGHTING)                CORREIA RUSSELL S JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215TH ARMY BAND
GRAY CANDRIA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 26TH INF BDE (YANKEE)            FLOOD CHRISTOPHER S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN                       CROPPER CHRISTOPHER L . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 ENGINEER CO BSTB
HUDSON STERLING P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 126TH CS BATTALION                FOREHAND ELIZABETH M . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                         DONOVAN MELISSA J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C DET 1 3RD BN 126 AVN
HUNTER ALARIC K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION             FRAZER SARA A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                  DONOVAN SHAWN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CAMP EDWARDS TNG SITE
IRELAND SABRINA B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION             GENEROUS MICHELLE M . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                          DOOLEY PETER C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
JOHNSON NICOLE A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO               GIBSON THOMAS Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                    DUCHARME JOSEPH A II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 3RD BN 126TH AVN
JOHNSON WILLIE R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION              GONZALEZ JOSHUA M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN                     DURKIN CIARA M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JFHQ-FWD 28 FI DET HQ
KIMANI THEOPHILO M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY A 1ST BN 101 FA           GOTHING STEVEN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 101ST ENGR BN FWD                    DYKE JAMES G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD
KOSUDA ALLYSON M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                 GRAVES NICOLE M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION                   ELWOOD JOHN F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION
LACERTE SEAN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 3RD BN 126TH AVN           GREENE NICHOLAS R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 CO B 1ST BN 181 INF                   EMMANUEL RUDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD
LATOUR ANTHONY T III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, 181 EN CO (VERT)            HACKATHORN CHRISTOPHER J . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 1ST BN 181 INF                        FARRELL JEFFREY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION
LATTIMER ASHLEIGH E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO                 HALL TERRYL A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN               FERN DAVID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
LEPAGE WILLIAM P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125TH QUARTERMASTER CO                 HARDY BRANNICK T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD                    FIORE, JONATHON W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 AIRCRAFT MAINT SQ
LOEUP EDWARDE S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                HARSH BRANDON R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF              FLEMMING PATRICK M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1058TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC
LOPES ELVIS G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV          HAYES LOLA J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MI CO BSTB   FORAND ROBERT W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179 EN DET (FIREFIGHTING)
LUIPPOLD JASON A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ENGINEER CO (-) BSTB         HILL ZYKIYAH A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 EN COMPANY (VERTICAL)(                   FRANK JOSHUA R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 1ST BN 181 INF
LUNA FRANCISCO J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN            HOUSTON MICHAEL P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN                 GABRIELLE RAYMOND E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
MAGUIRE FREDERICK J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 EN CO (SAPPER)            HYNES JOSEPH M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)                 GALLANT SHANE P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 3RD BN 126TH AVN
MALASI ALEXANDER V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                 JACKSON LINCELL A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION                   GRADEN JACQUELINE M . . . . . . . . . . . .181 EN COMPANY (VERTICAL)
MATOS LUIS F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO A 1-181 INF (REAR)    JONES RYAN C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, 181 EN CO (VERT)            GREEN, JAIME J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 CIVIL ENGINEERING SQ
MCALLISTER ANDREW S . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CAMP EDWARDS TNG SITE                     KALLON DUSU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 802ND TRANS BN              GREEN TALVIN L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
MCFADDEN ALEXANDER P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF             KEARNS DAVID M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                   HALL ROBERT S JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E CO 126TH CS BATTALION
MEDEIROS CAITLYN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                 KENNEY SEAN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                  HARRINGTON MARK J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
MELENDEZ JOSE III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV              KNOBLOCK SAMUEL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY E (TAB) 101ST FA                 HERNANDEZ, NAISHA I . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 LOGISTICS READINES SQ
NDUNGU JAMES G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV               KUTARNIA ERIC J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF          HERRERA THOMAS J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO
NHEAN SOPHAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 EN CO (SAPPER)       LABRECQUE LAURA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)                    HIGHTOWER, JAMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 SECURITY FORCES SQ
NUON KHEMARO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV             LAJOIE WILLIAM D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)                HOGAN JAMES F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION
NUTILE PAUL M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN     LALIBERTE JOSEPH B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF               HOWE JESSICA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 26TH PERS SVC DET
OLANIYI KAREEM A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION            LATORRA KELLY A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                  HURTT SEAN R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD
OLIVER ERIC J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION       LEAHY PATRICE D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)                JOE SAMELIA N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
PAGE STEPHANIE L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC             MARTIN KYLE J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                JOHNSON DARYL S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
PATENAUDE WALTER R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC                 MATTHEWMAN JAMES B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF                    JOHNSON PAUL M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
PINEDA JOHAN A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF    MENDOZA JONATHAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                         JONES, KENNETH J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .567 AIR FORCE BD
PITTSLEY JASON W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)            MONIZ AUSTIN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                 KENT, KYLE A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 OPERATIONS SUPPORT FT
PRIESTLY JONATHAN A . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                  MORALES BRANDON U . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                          KINDL MARK R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CAMP EDWARDS TNG SITE
PURINTON MICAH S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 CO B 1ST BN 181 INF            MORALES JESSAMYN I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HSC (-) 101 EN BN              KLEPACKI, KEVIN A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .567 AIR FORCE BD
RENDE JESSE A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF    MORENO JOSE L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 211TH MP BN           KRUSZYNA JUSTIN A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 ENGINEER CO BSTB
REVETT COREY O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 181 ENGR BN     NELSON JAMES F JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 EN CO (SAPPER)              LAI DAVID NHATANH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 1ST BN 181 INF
ROBINSON ADAM R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO E 3RD BN 126TH AVN             NEYLON KIMBERLY A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                      LAQUERRE JACQUELYN A . . . . . . . . . . . . .1164TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC
ROBINSON JEFFERY N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO A 1-181 INF (REAR)          NORMAN EVAN L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125TH QUARTERMASTER CO                      LAWTON ANDREW P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
ROCHADESA FREDERICO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF             OBRIEN JOSEPH H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION                   LILJA ALLEN W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 101ST ENGR BN FWD
ROSS ASHLEY S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO            OBRIEN ROBERT T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION                   LIPOMI ARASIMO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
SALMI PAUL A JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO            OKEEFE PERRY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 126TH CS BATTALION                 LIPTAK, GREGORY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 CIVIL ENGINEER SQ
SCATTO STEVEN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV              OKEEFE TARA A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 26TH INF BDE (YANKEE)(                MACHADO DEREK M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA
SCOTT FLEMING RYAN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO                   ONEIL CHRISTOPHER J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF               MARKGREN JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 126TH CS BATTALION
SEVOVA MARIA H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)           ORR WILLIAM G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 2O SFG          MCCUE THOMAS J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION
SEXTON DEREK R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC             ORTIZ JOSE L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO               MCGOWAN KIMBERLY K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO
SHOLOMITH JOSEPH M JR . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO                      OSTER CHRISTIAN W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO                     McLAUGHLIN, JOHN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 SECURITY FORCES SQ
SMITH EVAN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 EN CO (SAPPER)   PALIZZOLO JOSEPH M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO                       MCPHEE SHANNON E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO
SMOLA NICHOLAS S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)            PARKS PATRICK J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189TH EN TM (ASPHALT)               MELCHER, RICHARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 STUDENT FT
SQUIRES JAMES F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY B 1ST BN 101 FA        PASTENA ROBERT A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                     MILLER TODD E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
STEPANOV VLADIMIR Y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION                 PEREZ NELSON A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO                   MIRANDA THIAGO O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
SYLVIA VICTORIA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .772ND MILITARY POLICE CO            PETERS MICHELLE M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1164TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC                      MIZE MICHAEL A II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 101ST ENGR BN FWD
THIBODEAU MATTHEW W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 3, B CO, 638 SPT BN               PHILIPPE ISAAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MI CO BSTB   MORALES JOVANNIE A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF
THOMPSON BRENDAN A . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                     PIERRE LOUIS R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION                MURPHY MATTHEW T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
                                                                                         PILLAI SEAN B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO                MYLES VIOLA D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SIG NETWORK SPT CO BSTB


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NARDO TIMOTHY T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 3RD BN 126TH AVN                     BESSETTE TREVOR J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, CO F 3-126 AV          FOSTER JOHN D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JFHQ-FWD 28 FI DET HQ
NDURURI GEORGE K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD                       BURKE JAMES P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF       GOODWIN MICHAEL K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JFHQ MASSACHUSETTS
NUNEZ JESUS E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO                   BUSHEME RENEE M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO                  GREGOIRE TONI A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO
PAGE SEAN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1060TH TC CO MDM TRK FWD                     CARTER TANIA S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 126TH CS BATTALION             JENSON ERIK L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188TH EN DET (FAC MGT)
PARRISH JAMES A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN                    CHAISSON DERRICK R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1164TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC                   JOHNSON WAYNE S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1060TH TC CO MDM TRK FWD
PEREIRA ANDREW L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD                       COSTA, SUEANN M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 MAINTENANCE SQ             KIEPKE, KYLE D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MISSION SUPPORT GP
PEREZ DARIO A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD                  DEMARCO MICHAEL A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEM CO (TDA-AUG)                 KILEY, MICHELLE C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MASSACHUSETTS ANG HQ
PHELPS, JAMIE E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .567 AIR FORCE BD             DORMAN, SCOTT M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE SQ              PELLETIER SHEILA E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 151 REGIONAL SPT GRP
QUINLAN NICHOLAS P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)                       FLORES, NICHOLAS L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE OPS FT                 STEC, JOHN T JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE OPS FT
REUL STEPHEN D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY A 1ST BN 101 FA                FORTUNE CHRISTIAN D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY E (TAB) 101ST FA             STJEAN, JEFFREY S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE SQ
ROCHELEAU PATRICK J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF                   FOURNIER, MARK A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 LOGISTICS READINES SQ
RODRIGUES ODILON N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS
RODRIGUEZ, JENNIFER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 FIGHTER SQ
                                                                                                  GENDREAU, TABITHA M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 MISSION SUPPORT FT
                                                                                                  GOMES, DAVID M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 MAINTENANCE SQ            E-9
SANTIAGO ANGELA M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 5, CO E 3-126 AV                 GREEN DANIEL G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 3RD BN 126TH AVN
SANTIAGO SHAVONNE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HSC, (-) 226TH DASB                    HOLLETT JEFFREY C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125TH QUARTERMASTER CO                    SCOTT WILLIE K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JFHQ MASSACHUSETTS
SCHLANGEN DAVID G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MI CO BSTB             ITALIANE, SEAN J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 CIVIL ENGINEERING SQ
SHERMAN, MICHELLE M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 SECURITY FORCES SQ                           JAEGER CLIFF D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 151 REGIONAL SPT GRP FWD
SHINE MICHAEL W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 802ND TRANS BN
SPURLEY CHRISTOPHER W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF
                                                                                                  JASINSKAS GREGORY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO
                                                                                                  LEBLANC ROBERT C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
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SPURR JEFFREY A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD                    MACDONALD JOSEPH P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .189TH EN TM (ASPHALT)
STANDE ALBERT W JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 101ST ENGR BN FWD                         MARCHETTI ANTHONY JR . . . . . . . . . . . .1164TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC                       REMER, SUSAN O. . . . . .212 ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING SQUADRON
SUKEFORTH SCOTT D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CAMP EDWARDS TNG SITE                          MOREIRA GERMANO A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA               SIMMONS WILLIAM E IV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 211TH MP BN
SYNNOTT CHARLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 3RD BN 126TH AVN                      OBREBSKI JASON J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY E (TAB) 101ST FA          TATLOCK, KEITH E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
TEVES, KEVIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 SECURITY FORCES SQ                PARISSE NEDDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1164TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC
TOWNSEND MARK E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY E (TAB) 101ST FA
TYLER JONATHAN R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO
                                                                                                  RAMOS JORGE L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY E (TAB) 101ST FA
                                                                                                  RENNA, PATRICK G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 LOGISTICS READINES SQ
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WARNER, KATIE L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 SERVICES FT            RIVERA RICHARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1164TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC
WILLIAMS CHARLES R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 101ST ENGR BN FWD                         ROSADONIEVES C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO               CURRIE MICHAEL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 26TH INF BDE (YANKEE)
WILSON RASHAD F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN                    SANTIAGO JOHNNY R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION                 MCMAHON JAMES F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A TRP 1-182ND CAV FWD
                                                                                                  SILVA, PAUL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 AIRCRAFT MAINT SQ       DEMAMBRO ALEX H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 211TH MP BN
E-5                                                                                               STONE ROBERT C JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
                                                                                                  TORRES, STEVEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 CIVIL ENGINEERING SQ
                                                                                                                                                                                             GINGRAS THOMAS P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO A 1ST BN 181 INF
                                                                                                                                                                                             JONES JAMES AII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 211TH MP BN
                                                                                                  TUCKER KEVIN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION            KAMINSKI JOHN T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C TRP 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
ALECTINE ROSE S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MAARNG ELE JFHQ FWD 26                       WIGGINS PETER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY E (TAB) 101ST FA         RILEY BRYAN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV
ATWELL WINIFRED N . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, CO F 3-126 AV                 ZIMMERMAN HERBERT J JR . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION                        ROMANO JOSHUA M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 26TH INF BDE (YANKEE)
BARON RAYMOND F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JFHQ-FWD 28 FI DET HQ
BEAULIEU ROGER H II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .E CO 126TH CS BATTALION
BECKER, SEAN T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 AIRCRAFT MAINT SQ                 E-7                                                                                        0-4
BELLINGER LAWRENCE L . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION
BUJOLD NATALIE J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION                     ALMEIDA RONALD W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO E 3RD BN 126TH AVN                ANDREWS MARK H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 126TH CS BATTALION
BURKE KEVIN T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA FWD 8                    ANDO GREGORY R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A CO 126TH CS BATTALION                DUGRE CHRISTOPHER A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 3RD BN 126TH AVN
CARDONA CARLOS A JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHT 1ST SQDN 182ND CAV                           BENNETT ANDREW R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FSC, 101 EN BN       FIORENTINO PETER E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA
CAROFANIELLO A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                      BOWMAN , KENNETH R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 CIVIL ENGINEER SQ                 KEEGAN KATHLEEN A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 HQ STARC (SEL SVC)
CHAMBERS, PATRICK M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .567 AIR FORCE BD                   CAPERCI ANTHONY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 151 REGIONAL SPT GRP                  MACOMBER JACKSON G JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN
CHAPMAN ANTHONY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO E 3RD BN 126TH AVN                        CHASE ERNEST P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC               OCONNELL ROBERT W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 3RD BN 126TH AVN
COUTO SCOTT J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CAMP EDWARDS TNG SITE                      COMISKEY SEAN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION               REGAN TIMOTHY J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 3RD BN 126TH AVN
ERNST ROBERT E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO                      DOYLE ROBERT P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1060TH TC CO MDM TRK FWD                 SACCHETTI ARON T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MAARNG ELE JFHQ FWD 26
ESGUERRA, DANILLO G. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 AIRCRAFT MAINT SQ                         DULTZ, TONY C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 CIVIL ENGINEER SQ       SAPP, JOHN C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 FIGHTER SQUADRON
FLORESCASTRO JOSE O . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA FWD 8                            FAVREAU, JOHN P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 CIVIL ENGINEER SQ
FLORESTORRES PABLO L . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 HHC BDE SPC TRPR BN
FOSTER, STEVEN F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE SQ
                                                                                                  FORTIN, MARK W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 COMMUNICATIONS FT
                                                                                                  FUENTES, ORLANDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE SQ
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GILLMAN BRIAN D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO                       LOGUE WILLIAM D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
GREGORY, MARK J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 MAINTENANCE SQ                    MARTIN GREGORY S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO                  DINGMANN PHILIP A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1 HHC 118TH MED BN
HARRIS, DAVID L. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 LOGISTICS READINESS SQ                        MARTINS STEPHEN M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MA ARNG REC AND RET CMD
HART JESSICA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
HOYT WILLIAM E II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION
                                                                                                  MOGIL ARTHUR B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 2O SFG
                                                                                                  MONTEIRO JOSE F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY E (TAB) 101ST FA
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HUMBER STEPHEN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                        MULLETT RONALD JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 1ST BN 181 INF
IKLES, FREDERICK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 CIVIL ENGINEERING SQ                    PATRAS NORMAN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1ST BN 101ST REGIMENT(FA)                   KEZER, THATCHER W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253 COMBAT COM GRP
INGARI, JAMES C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 AIRCRAFT MAINT SQ                  PERRIN MARIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN
INGRAHAM TRAVIS K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
JONES, SONIA D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 FW
                                                                                                  PITTA, JOSEPH D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 OPERATIONS SUPPORT FT
                                                                                                  SINKWICH, JEFFREY T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MAINTENANCE OPS FT
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KING KEVIN D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF          SPINNEY ROBERT W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MA ARNG REC AND RET CMD
KOZA KAITLYN L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 3RD BN 126TH AVN                  STACKPOLE THOMAS F . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO D 1ST BN 181 INF            EATON CHARLES S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 211TH MP BN
KRIDER, ROBERT D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 SECURITY FORCES SQ                      STEELE, JOHN E II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 OPERATIONS SUPPORT FT
LAPRE ANDREW K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION
LAVARNWAY, KAREN D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 MEDICAL GP
                                                                                                  VAN DAMME, MARY E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 FIGHTER WING
                                                                                                  WHITCOMB, JON M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253 CBCG
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LEACH DANIEL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G CO 126TH CS BATTALION
                                                                                                                                                                                             DECASSE NEIL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHD 151 REGIONAL SPT GRP
LENZO JEREMY R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .BTRY A 1ST BN 101 FA
LORENZ, ANDREAS K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 SECURITY FORCES SQ                         E-8
LUCIER DEREK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .379TH ENGR CO (HORIZ)
MAHON KEITH A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .D CO 126TH CS BATTALION                    CANDELARIO GUILLERMO . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 26TH INF BDE (YANKEE)
MCCOTTERY DAVID A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO                         DEJESUSDIAZ WILFREDO . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B CO 126TH CS BATTALION
MILLER ROBERT A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                       ELLSWORTH TIMOTHY C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC (-) BDE SPC TRPS BN
MILLS CHRISTOPHER T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF
MORALES FRANK J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A CO 126TH CS BATTALION
MORLEY GARY L JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
NASON, BRIAN A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 AIRCRAFT MAINT SQ
OLSON CAROLINE E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SIG NETWORK SPT CO BSTB                                                                                                                             Sgt. Maria L. DiTaranto, a member of the
OSGOOD, CHRISTA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202 WEATHER FT
OUELLETTE ERIC M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                                                                                                                          26th Personnel Service Detachment,
PELISSIER DANIEL Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION                                                                                                                          Massachusetts Army National Guard, was
PERRY JOSEPH W . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272 CHEMICAL CO (-DET 2)
PIKE RICHARD E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHS 1ST BN 101ST FA FWD 8                                                                                                                          sworn in by Chief Warrant Officer Richard
PIRES MANUEL M JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO
POKUMENSAH CHARLES . . . . . . . . . . . . .1166TH TRANS (LT/MED) TC                                                                                                                                   F. Raymond, State Security Manager and
POULLAIDES JAMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C CO 126TH CS BATTALION                                                                                                                            close family friend who has served in the
PRENDIVILLE JESSICA F . . . . . . . . . . .MA ARNG MEDICAL COMMAND
RAMIREZ CARLOS S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179 EN DET (FIREFIGHTING)                                                                                                                             Guard for 38 years. DiTaranto enlisted in
RAVAGNO CARMEN M III . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO                                                                                                                                 2001 and deployed to Iraq last year. Here
REGAN DANIEL J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 181 INF
SABENS, HENRY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 CIVIL ENGINEERING SQ                                                                                                                        she has taken the oath to reenlist for six
SALES ANDREW J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF
SASLAV JERRY L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65TH PRESS CAMP HQ                                                                                                                        more years. “I’ve enjoyed everything the
SEVERANCE NEIL D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HHC 1ST BN 181 INF                                                                                                                          military has to offer. Good friends and
SKJERLI, LEIF K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 FIGHTER SQ
SMITH SARAH K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FSC, 101 EN BN                                                                                                                      new experiences.” DiTaranto, a
SOARES BRIAN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CO C 1ST BN 2O SFG                                                                                                                              resident of Worcester, currently
SWEET MICHAEL R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
TEDFORD JEFFREY A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42ND MILITARY POLICE CO                                                                                                                                          works full time for the
VARGAS JOHN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
WESMAN TODD A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .DET 1, HSC, 101 EN BN                                                                                                                                   Guard’s Fiscal Support Team.
WILLIAMS MICHAEL P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .685TH FINANCE DET FWD
WINSLOW PATRICK M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .747TH MILITARY POLICE CO
YOUNG STEVEN J . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .JFHQ-FWD 28 FI DET HQ

E-6
AARON JAMES T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .972ND MILITARY POLICE CO
ALVARADOSANTOS, PAUL . . . . . . . . . . .104 LOGISTICS READINES SQ
ANTESKI, JOSEPH E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 MAINTENANCE SQ
BARNICA HUMBERTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A CO 126TH CS BATTALION
BEAUVAIS DANA L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110TH MAINTENANCE CO
BENCE LAURIE E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 EN COMPANY (VERTICAL)
BERUBE JAY A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 EN COMPANY (VERTICAL)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Force of Freedom 19
All American Bowl
By Spc. Nicole Dykstra,
65th Public Affairs Operation Center

The country’s top high school football players huddled
with Soldiers in January for a celebration and some
football at the U.S. Army All American Bowl at the
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas. Players from the
two teams, the West All Stars and the East All Stars,
were paired with a Soldier who acted as a mentor in
team building for the week.

To be a mentor for the event, the Soldier must have
received a Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star,
Bronze Star or Purple Heart. Eligible Soldiers are
chosen for nomination based on a packet, which
included a short biography, photo and a questionnaire.

“Soldiers who deploy are held to the highest esteem,
and those who earn a Bronze or Silver Star or a Purple
Heart should be especially commended for their
service,” said Lt. Col. Norman S. Long, commander of
the 126th Brigade Support Battalion, Massachusetts
National Guard. Sgt. 1st Class John C. Caplis of C
Company, 126th Brigade Support Battalion, was
selected to participate and be recognized at the event.
Caplis was the only Soldier nominated from the
battalion, said Long. “There were others who were
strong candidates, but he rose to the top of the list,”
he said. Caplis received a Purple Heart during             Sgt. 1st Class Caplis mentored Darnell Thompson, a student at Florida State University during the
Operation Iraqi Freedom while deployed from 2003           All American Bowl. (Photo by Sgt. Christine Caplis, 1060th Transportation Company.)
to 2005.

The week before the big game, Soldiers and players
spent time getting to know one another at several
social events. Soldiers offered support and guidance
for the high schoolers and helped them set goals for
the future. “The players were superior athletes,” said
Caplis. “The pairing up was for building leadership and
teamwork among the players.”

The recognized Soldiers were also able to meet
Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey, Vice Chief of
Staff of the Army Gen. Richard A. Cody and Sgt. Major
of the Army Kenneth O. Preston. “They stuck around
and talked with us for quite awhile and gave us some
really positive feedback,” said Caplis. Each Soldier was
also given a Sgt. Major of the Army coin. After the
game, the Soldiers were brought to the center of the
field before a cheering audience for a special tribute
concert by Lonestar. “It was a humbling experience to
be center stage,” said Caplis. “I would recommend this
great experience to anyone.” *




20 Minuteman Spring 2007
Engineering Chief Named
‘Manager of the Year’
By Senior Airman Matthew Benedetti, Public Affairs

It doesn’t take long to notice that Chief Master Sgt. Frederick “Buddy”
Manamon is a leader committed to the Air Force mission. Similar to a town
manager, he explains his role as the Civil Engineering Squadron
superintendent and the infrastructure of Otis Air National Guard Base with
a familiarity that reflects expert knowledge of the installation.

Like Patriots coach Bill Belichick in Foxboro on a Sunday afternoon, he is
in his element and prepared for any contingency here at Otis.

A Plymouth resident, Manamon was selected as the “Outstanding Civil
Engineering Manager of the Year” October 2004 to September 2005.
                                                                                  Chief Master Sgt. Frederick “Buddy” Manamon poses under a thermometer
This prestigious award is sponsored by the Society of American Military           during his tour in Iraq. The heat forced the civil engineers to wear gloves to
Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the                 protect themselves from burns when using their equipment.
Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, as           (Photo courtesy of 102nd Fighter Wing.)
well as the Air Force Civil Engineering Community.
                                                                                said. Among other duties, CE members identified incorrect airfield lighting
“He is an expert in his field and has earned a reputation for getting the job   and implemented proper procedures, led damage assessment and post-
done,” said Lt. Col. Eric Pauer, 102nd Fighter Wing, Civil Engineering          attack accountability and designed a wind cone for airfield use, which was
Squadron commander. He went on to describe Manamon as a true profes-            a significant improvement for flight safety operations.
sional in everything he does.
                                                                                Despite the austere conditions and stifling heat – 118 degrees some days
Assigned to the 102nd CES as a superintendent, Manamon leads 80 full-           – the unit stuck together and achieved the objectives of the mission.
time civilian and military personnel as well as 103 traditional Air National
Guard engineers in support of wing missions. His area of responsibility         “Morale was very high among our personnel. We were integrated with
includes 110 buildings and a major airfield on the 1,200 acres of Otis Air      other Guard and active duty units. I consider civil engineering a family,
National Guard Base.                                                            and we shared everything we got from home with one another,” Manamon
                                                                                recalled.
Last fall in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Manamon was instrumental
in organizing eleventh-hour assistance to victims evacuated from the Gulf       Master Sgt. Ken Bowman of Wareham has known Manamon for several
Coast to Camp Edwards.                                                          years and served with him in Iraq. “He is a great friend and serving in Iraq
                                                                                was a very rewarding experience for all of us. It was a culmination of years
The snowy winter brought its own challenges. Manamon’s snow removal             of training, and we finally got the chance to go,” Sgt. Bowman said.
team performed remarkably, clearing base roads and maintaining a fully
operational airfield in blizzard conditions. By completing the mission          “Our unit is like a family and we know that we can count of each other.” Ali
successfully and without damage or injury, his team earned the wing             Air Base experienced sporadic enemy fire that usually occurred during the
commander’s safety award.                                                       daytime, but one evening a mortar fell on the compound.

Manamon volunteered for duty in Iraq and served at Ali Air Base from May        “It was unsettling and kept us awake for a few nights, but we got through
through September 2006. “We were chomping at the bit to be involved.            it,” Chief Manamon recalled. He was awarded the Meritorious Service
Our deployment cycle had come up and we were put into the bucket. We            Medal for his service in Iraq.
looked at each other as senior NCOs and decided we should all volunteer,”
he remembered.                                                                  “I am very proud to have a direct impact on the day-to-day mission
                                                                                requirements for the 102nd Fighter Wing as the facility manager and oper-
Forty members of the civil engineering unit followed suit and reported to       ations chief. Also, I am proud of the fact that the 102nd Civil Engineering
Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., for predeployment training.                           Squadron maintains one of the highest retention rates in the northeast
                                                                                region for a civil engineering squadron,” Manamon said.
“We were very proud to be selected as the lead unit heading into theatre,”
Manamon said.                                                                   Manamon’s son, Andre, is a 2006 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime
                                                                                Academy and expects to receive his commission in the Navy in early 2007.
The Iraq tour lasted about five months and tested the unit’s ability to         His daughter, Cassandra, attends North Hampton Community College and
perform in a hostile environment.                                               is scheduled to graduate in 2008.

“We lived in tents and completed the tasks assigned to us. It was gratifying    Manaman is preparing his team for service next year along the U.S.-
to employ methods we had learned over several years of training,” he said.      Mexican border as an element of Task Force Diamondback in support
                                                                                of Operation Jump Start.
Systems in place at Ali Air Base were designed to be in place for three
years and the engineers arrived after that time had passed.
                                                                                 Lt. Col. Pauer knows they will be ready. “Buddy is a fine leader and an out-
                                                                                standing citizen-Airman,” he said.
“We worked long hours, but we were proud of our accomplishments,” he

                                                                                                                                   The Force of Freedom 21
                                                       station at Fort Dix, N.J., where he trained for
The Core of                                            deployment for the next three months.

an Army Value                                          In the meantime, Whitten’s mother Laura, an
                                                       admissions nurse at a hospice, was asked to care
By Pfc. James T. Deady,                                for a coworker’s patient for a couple of weeks and
65th Public Affairs Operation Center                   Laura eagerly accepted. Laura was told that the
                                                       patient was a young girl dying of cancer.
Selfless service is one of seven core Army values
and is defined as putting the welfare of the nation,   Laura went to the house to meet the family she
the Army and your subordinates before your own.        was to care for. One of the family members
                                                       noticed an Army sticker on Laura’s car, and they
Selfless service was demonstrated by a recruit         said that the dying girl used to be in the Guard and
and observed by Sgt. 1st Class Keith Kennedy,          that their son was currently in the Guard. Through
Recruiting and Retention Command in Westfield.         passing conversation, Laura realized she had
                                                       coincidently accepted a position to care for the
Recruit Benjamin Whitten enlisted in the               sister of the Soldier that her son was replacing for
Massachusetts Army National Guard after gradu-         deployment.
ating from Westfield Technical Vocational High
School and shipped to Basic Combat Training in         After three months of training, Whitten returned
November 2004. He graduated from Advanced              home prior to his deployment only to be met by
Individual Training in April 2005 and became part      the Soldier he had substituted for. Whitten was
of A Company 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation.             also told that the Soldier’s sister had died hours
                                                       before Whitten’s bus had arrived in Springfield.
In June 2005, Spc. Benji Whitten assumed an
active duty for special work maintenance position      “If Benji had not have gone in place of him three
working on UH-60 Black Hawks at Barnes Air             months ago it would’ve been the last time this
National Guard Base in Westfield. During his stay      Soldier saw his sister,” said Laura Whitten.
at Barnes, Whitten worked alongside an
experienced mechanic and the two became good           While in Springfield the Soldier told Whitten about
friends. The mechanic received orders to Kuwait        how great his sister was and thanked Whitten for
to perform missions in Iraq for a year.                what he had done for him.

During ongoing conversations, the mechanic             “I’m always willing to help anyone if I can, and if I
confided to Whitten that his sister was dying of       had the choice to do what I did again I’d do it in a
cancer and didn’t have much time to live. The          heartbeat,” said Whitten.
Soldier told Whitten that in order to stay with his
sister on her last days he would have to find a        “Benjamin took the place of another and was away
replacement for himself.                               from his life and family for a year serving in the air
                                                       ambulance company in Kuwait. He wasn’t
“Benji said he would do it, that it would be           supposed to go, that’s selfless service and that kid
wrong not to,” said Whitten’s mother Laura. “All       is an outstanding Soldier and an exemplary
he needed was permission to proceed.”                  person,” said Kennedy.

Whitten was granted permission to substitute for       Whitten’s sellfless service gave a fellow Soldier a
the Soldier and eventually went to his mobilization    gift that cannot be wrapped. *
                                                                                 Spc. Benjamin Whitten is
                                                                                 interviewed by Westfield
                                                                                 Evening News Staff Writer
                                                                                 Dan Moriarty upon return-
                                                                                 ing home from a year-long
                                                                                 deployment to Kuwait.
                                                                                 (Photo by Sgt. June Norton,
                                                                                 Massachusetts National
                                                                                 Guard Public Affairs.)




22 Minuteman Spring 2007
                                                                                National Guard, not only because of the benefits they receive but also
Recruit Sustainment                                                             because of the high-speed training.”
Program Picks Up Speed
                                                                                “The intent of the Recruit Sustainment Program is to reduce state training
By Chief Warrant Officer James Girard, Recruiting and Retention Command,        pipeline losses by introducing newly enlisted Soldiers to the military
                                                                                environment, easing their transition to Basic Combat Training and
As the Massachusetts Recruit Sustainment Program continues to grow,             Advanced Individual Training,” Oberton added. “Overall, this fiscal and
the state is sending better trained Soldiers to basic training – and more of    training year has been very successful. We’ve reached an average of 300
them.                                                                           drilling Soldiers each month at the RSP and over 600 total Soldiers in the
                                                                                program. We have also dropped our Training Pipeline Loss percentage by
There currently are 385 new enlistees being trained in the soldier arts at      17 percent, and, in turn, raised our ship rate by the same.” B
the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) at Camp Edwards on Cape
Cod. That number is expected to rise to 800 in the next few months as the
program continues to accelerate. The Recruiting Command met its overall
mission by signing more than 1,279 new Soldiers this year.

“Counting the new trainees and the Soldiers that have already shipped to
basic training, there are 652 Soldiers in the RSP,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tony
Palmieri, the RSP’s top noncommssioned officer. “The increase in numbers
of recruits in the program is directly related to cutting-edge efforts of the
Recruiting Command and programs it has instituted in the past year.”

“We incorporate instruction in academic subjects, physical readiness,
common task training and dynamic Soldier training,” said Capt. Jason
Oberton, commander of the RSP. “The dynamic training, which is regularly
supported by units in the field, motivates the young Soldiers to keep on        Sgt. 1st Joe Toohey in his ghillie suit teaches camouflage techniques to the
track and become fully trained. It also serves as a recruiting tool, motivat-   Recruit Sustainment Class on Camp Edwards. (Photo by Sgt. Jamie Gaiton,
ing our Soldiers to refer friends and contacts to the Massachusetts Army        Recruiting and Retention Command.)




                                                                                                     2nd Lt. Richard J. Haddon II poses with Col. Michael L.
                                                                                                     Wagget, commander of the ANG Training and Education
                                                                                                     Center and Maj. Gen. Roger P. Lempke, The Adjutant
                                                                                                     General of the Nebraska National Guard, after being
                                                                                                     presented with a Citizen-Soldier Award at the Academy of
                                                                                                     Military Science at McGee Tyson Air National Guard Base,
                                                                                                     Tenn. The award honors an officer candidate’s dedication
                                                                                                     and devotion to duty, honor and country; Lt. Haddon was
                                                                                                     selected by his fellow candidates.




24 Minuteman Spring 2007
REDLEGS Win 3rd Title in Four Years
By Staff Sgt. Svein Ormseth, A Battery, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery    The Redlegs went 3-0 in the round robin tournament by beating teams
                                                                                from Travis, Luke and Kirtland Air Force Bases before entering the playoff
On Oct. 8, 2006, The Massachusetts Army National Guard Redlegs won              round. A rematch with the Travis team in the semi-final ended in a 9-2
their third Armed Services Hockey title in four years. The yearly
                                                                                Redleg victory. That victory enabled the artillerymen to face Nellis Air Force
tournament is held in Las Vegas, Nev., and draws teams from across the
country, Europe and Canada.                                                     Base for the championship. Down 4-2 at the end of one period, the Redlegs
                                                                                stormed back with a 6-4 victory and the title.
Although hampered by the deployments of key personnel, the Redlegs
deployed a strong squad to Sin City. “Without Chris Cobb, Tom Sousa and         The Redlegs now begin their 24th year with a move to the Foxboro
Dave Rucker, the need to recruit skill players was paramount,” said team        Sports Center, where they skate on Mondays from 9 a.m. until complete.
captain Patrick Burke of the Fires Battalion. The answer came in the form       For information about the Redlegs see their Web site at
of Sean Noonan (802nd Transportation Battalion), Mike Barrett (181              www.eteamz.com/redleghockey. *
Infantry) and William O’Brien (Joint Force Headquarters) all of which were
named MVPs.




Standing L-R: Dave Pereira, Tom Lester, Scott Frank, Dan Doherty, Pete Fiorentino, Jamie Chambers, Gary Jewell, Steve Macleod, John Wiggin, Bob Coleman.
Kneeling: William O’Brien, Sean Noonan, Sterling MacLeod, Jim Billie, Patrick Burke, Mike Barrett. (Photo by Pellerins Photography.)

Somerset High School
Memorial Project
Story and photo by Lt. Col. Charles Perenick,
Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
The Somerset High School art department created a memorial sculpture
dedicated to service men and women who have lost their lives in Iraq.

“The objective is to simply, yet eloquently honor these lives with the intent
of creating a humane tribute, rather than a political statement,” said the
school’s art teacher and creator Merilee Bowers.

The project consisted of more than 500 students working on this project,
which lasted for three days in December, with seven hours dedicated each
day. Each student chose a name of a military person who has died in Iraq,
then created a small figure using natural materials. The centerpiece for the
figurine was a boiled tea bag adorned with pieces of fabric all fastened to
a cross frame which consisted of tree twigs.
The tea bag was chosen specifically for its reference to comfort, sharing
and conversation. Tea, in many cultures, has evolved into a ritual that         Art teacher Merilee Bowers directs Somerset High School students in the creation
evokes spirituality and mindfulness, said Bowers.                               of the memorial sculpture.
The finished installation will embody these concepts, while also
memorializing each American life lost in Iraq. *


                                                                                                                                  The Force of Freedom 25
ARMY
STRONG
The Army is replacing its main ad slogan “An Army of
One” with a new slogan in an effort to boost recruiting
efforts.
                                                             The new commander of 101st Engineer Battalion, Maj. Mark Merlino, passes the Battalion Colors to
                                                             Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Conlon during Regimental Day ceremonies at the Old North Bridge in
The “Army Strong” campaign is the result of a $200
                                                             Concord Dec. 3.
million-a-year contract with a major advertising agency.
                                                                                                              passing of the colors. He said the battalion’s
                                                             Regimental Day                                   recent accomplishments reflect how the
“Army Strong will be the centerpiece of a multimedia
ad campaign launched to coincide with Veterans Day           at Minuteman                                     battalion has lived The Adjutant General’s
weekend,” said Secretary of the Army Francis J.                                                               Vision 500, citing the battalion’s missions,
Harvey.
                                                             National Park                                    from providing security at installations
                                                             Story and photo by Sgt. Jordan St. John
                                                                                                              across the commonwealth to the 101st
In addition to the new ad campaign, increasing finan-                                                         Soldiers who served in Iraq and
                                                             Visitors to the Minuteman National Park in
cial and education incentives, the Army met its 2006                                                          Afghanistan.
                                                             Concord on a chilly, windy Sunday, Dec. 3,
goal of signing 80,000 Soldiers into the Army’s ranks.
                                                             got a special treat in the form of a             “We have proven that we are ready, reliable,
                                                             Massachusetts Army National Guard                essential, robust and respectful, and that we
“There’s no question that we want to have a marketing
                                                             battalion change of command.                     will continue to be so,” Merlino said.
boost right now, it’s important to us,” said Lt. Gen.
Robert L. Van Antwerp, who oversees the recruiting                                                            The 101st is considered to be one of the four
                                                             Members of the 101st Engineer Battalion
effort as commander of U.S. Army Accessions                                                                   oldest units in the U.S. military, with the
                                                             marched across the Old North Bridge as the
Command.                                                                                                      service of its members reaching back 370
                                                             Regimental Day ceremony got underway
                                                             shortly after noon. The ceremony saw the         years. The battalion was originally organized
Army Strong stands for a big idea. It speaks to the truth                                                     in 1636 as the East Regiment from existing
                                                             battalion’s colors and its command passed
about the U.S. Army, that Soldiers develop mental,                                                            militia companies of Saugus, Salem,
                                                             from Lt. Col. Gregory McDonald to Maj.
emotional and physical strength forged through shared                                                         Ipswich and Newbury. The 101st played
                                                             Mark Merlino.
values, teamwork, experience and training; that by                                                            significant roles in the Revolutionary and
making the decision to join the Army, an individual is                                                        Civil Wars, and its Citizen-Soldiers served in
                                                             The setting for the ceremony, the historic
choosing to recognize potential strength within him or                                                        World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam,
                                                             battlefield at the Old North Bridge, was
herself and develop it further; that an individual Soldier                                                    Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom
                                                             selected because of the special part it played
is choosing to take charge of his or her future and                                                           and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
                                                             in the linage of the 101st. The start of the
career; that Soldiers actively choose to make a
                                                             Boston Campaign in 1775 is were the
difference in their lives, their families, their communi-                                                     The ceremony concluded with orders that
                                                             battalion earned its first battle streamer,
ties and their nation. *                                                                                      reorganized the battalion’s elements as part
                                                             which now sits atop the unit’s colors.
                                                                                                              of the Army’s transformation. Merlino said
                                                             While the events of more than 230 years ago      the transformation is one of the challenges
                                                             carry a special significance, it is the events   facing the battalion as it moves into the
                                                             since Sept. 11, 2001, that Merlino chose         future, learning new jobs and new
                                                             as the focus of his remarks following the        equipment. *




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26 Minuteman Spring 2007
A New Direction
for Otis
By Senior Airman Alexis Colonna
Vice President, Airmen’s Council

In the summer of 2005 there wasn’t a soul associated
with Otis Air National Guard Base that wasn’t touched
by the winds of change. Many of the base’s seasoned
employees, regardless of branch, seemed confident
that we wouldn’t make the final BRAC list. How could
we be closed, as often as we’ve successfully protected
national security and safety?

Well, we’re still here, and very much open for
business, according to the recent UCI results. It’s true,
decades of air defense missions are coming to an end
here at the 102nd, and our aircraft are going to be
nesting elsewhere; who’s not going to miss them flying
overhead? It doesn’t change what we’ve accomplished
or what we have yet to accomplish.

This is a confusing and uncertain time for many of us.
For newer unit members and new recruits who realize
they are “low on the list” both in rank and tenure, their
question is, “Do I go, or stay and hope there’s a place
for me, and will I manage to at least partially finish
what I’ve started?”

For those close to retirement, the concern may be, “Am
I ready to retire?” For the many somewhere in
between, the seasoned technicians and AGRs, the
questions are, “Will I need to take a cut in rank, leave
                                                            Deployment
my home and family to cross train, and am I able and
willing to cross train?” For all of us, the winds of
change blow hard, despite outward appearances, such
                                                            Policy Changes
as our UCI performance.                                     The nation’s governors and adjutants              to the current practice of 16 to 24 months,”
                                                            general have expressed universal support          he said.
We have a lot to be proud of, and we are very proud,        and appreciation for the recently announced
but we are also uncertain. As the Cape Cod winter           change to Department of Defense policy that       The defense secretary also stated that the
winds and chills set in, so does the new mission. For       will limit total mobilization time of Guard and   goal would be to have five years of demobi-
many of us, the next few months will bring us to            Reserve units to 12 months.                       lization following every year of mobilization.
warmer climates and the promise of something new, a                                                           He acknowledged, however, that “today's
new role in the world, a new mission, and the legacy of     In a Jan. 11 conference call attended by rep-     global demands will require a number of
our proud aviation past to carry forward. *                 resentatives from every state, the territories    selected Guard and Reserve units to be
                                                            of Guam and the Virgin Islands, the               remobilized sooner than this standard.”
                                                            Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the
 MOS IQ Needs                                               District of Columbia, Lt. Gen. H. Steven          With the announcement of the new policies
                                                            Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau,         limiting total mobilization time to one year,
 Your Submissions                                           answered questions and addressed concerns
                                                            about the deployment extension in Iraq of
                                                                                                              Blum stated, “Your citizen-Soldiers will only
                                                                                                              be away from their families or jobs and their
 Do you have a tip for your fellow soldiers? Want to        Minnesota's 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry            hometown units for the maximum period of
 share a timesaving technique? To participate send          Division, and Secretary of Defense Robert         one year in the future, starting with the next
 an e-mail with your tip, trick or technique to             Gates' announcement that several Defense          mobilizations coming up.”
 donald.veitch@us.army.mil. Be sure to include your         policies were changing.
 Name, Rank, Unit and MOS with your submission. All                                                           Reducing total mobilization or remobilization
 MOSs are encouraged to submit tips.                        Chief among these were that, from this point      time will have a dramatic impact on how
                                                            forward, Guard and Reserve mobilizations          Guard units train for and deploy to combat.
                                                            will be managed on a unit basis, not an           Training conducted during inactive duty
                                                            individual basis. Gates also announced that       weekend drills and annual training periods
                                                            involuntary mobilizations would be for            will gain importance as a measure of
                                                            a maximum of one year. That is “in contrast       readiness. *


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