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Vol. 54, No. 50

Published in the interest of Fort Huachuca personnel and their families. View online at www.huachuca.army.mil/usag/pao. December 18, 2008

Briefs

Range Closures 18-24 Dec08: Thurs 18 Dec: AB, AC, AD, AL, AZ Fri 19 Dec: AB, AC, AD, AL, AZ Sat 20 Dec: AZ Sun 21 Dec: AZ Mon 22 Dec: AZ Tues 23 Dec: AZ Wed 24 Dec: AZ Range closures are subject to daily change. For information regarding range closures call 533-7095. DPW will be closed on December 18, 2008, after 11a. m. due to their annual holiday celebration. The service order desk will remain open during that time and can be reached at (533-2003/3151).

Fallen Soldiers, Civilians Remembered During Ceremony

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor

NETCOM/9th SC (A) Public Affairs

Buffalo Thunder Riders

Contact Information To learn more about BTR, call 266-4589, e-mail BTR-VP@live.com, or check the scheduled events posted at http://www.myspace.com/buffalo_thun- der_riders

Leave donations sought

The following Department of the Army civilians on Fort Huachuca are currently in need of leave dona- tions: Katharina Criscuolo, ISEC; Jennifer Lopez, MEDDAC; Sandra Smith, MEDDAC; John Tidwell, DPW; and Jorge Valenzuela, CSLA. Contact the Civil- ian Personnel Advisory Center at 533-5533 for more

information on donating.

. FORT HUACHUCA,Ariz. – The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Command/9th Signal Command (Army) held a memo- rial and dedication ceremony in Greely Hall, Dec. 10, to honor 56 Soldiers and Civilians who gave their lives while supporting signal operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

Perl Lucas, mother of fallen Soldie , Cpl. Victor Langarica, accepts the Spirit of the Buffalo Soldier Award, Dec. 10, on behalf of her son who lost his life while supporting signal operations in Southeast Asia. Lucas and her niece, Celia Downs, and Downs’ son, Harry, were presented the award by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, Army Chief Information Office , during a ceremony held in Greely Hall, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

“These warriors we honor today came from across our great nation,” said Brig. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, commanding general, NETCOM/9th SC (A). “They are sons, daughters, fathers and mothers. They represent a broad range of nationalities and races, and each come from unique personal backgrounds. When called upon to answer the call to duty, they did not shy away, and for

9th SC (A) commanding general, Brig. Gen. Susan S Lawrence, and NETCOM’s top noncommissioned of- ficer, Command Sgt. Maj. Donald G. Manley.

The Cove of Remembrance, which was the idea of Maj. Gen Carroll Pollett, former NETCOM com- manding general, is located just inside the entrance of Greely Hall.

that, we honor them—today and every day after.”

“The concept for the cove began more than two years

Ft Huachuca Office holiday hours The Fort Huachuca Office of the Staff JudgeAdvocate will be closed half day on 19 December starting at 1200 hrs, due to our office organizational day.

See BRIEFS, Page 12

Photo by Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor

Tippin big hit for Servicemembers

Soldiers at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., enjoy a free Aaron Tippin concert Dec. 7, at Barnes Field House Gym. The country western singer recently returned from a concert trip in Iraq.

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During the ceremony, four signal Soldiers were posthumously awarded the Signal Association’s Gold Order of Mercury. Accepting the awards on their behalf were their Family Members, who were also given the Gold Wahatchee.

Named for Georgia patriot Nancy Hart, the Gold Wahatchee is a Signal Corps Regimental Association award that recognizes the spouse of Soldiers inducted into the Gold Order of Mercury.

One Soldier was posthumously awarded the Spirit of the Buffalo Soldier award, which recognizes individuals who embody the ideals of the Buffalo Soldiers of the United States Army: courage and perseverance.

Another fallen Soldier honored was posthumously awarded the Knowlton Award, which recognizes indi- viduals who have contributed significantly to the pro- motion of Army Intelligence in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipients, their superiors, subordinates, and peers. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional compe- tence, and serve the Military Intelligence Corps with distinction.

After the memorial service, Family Members of the

fallen were escorted upstairs for the grand opening and dedication of the Cove of Remembrance by NETCOM/

ago,” said Vincent Breslin, unit historian. “Major Gen- eral Pollett’s idea for a memorial wall first came about in early 2006; he asked for something more ambitious in mid-2006, so I designed the cove for his approval sometime around August of that year.”

Inside the cove are several significant statues and national icons.

“I decided to include an American Flag, an Ameri- can Eagle statue, and the Liberty Bell as three of the most recognized symbols of our national goals and principles,” said Breslin. “Next, I asked a local artist to design a bronze Signal Torch with an eternal flame to honor our signal Soldiers and their particular mission Meanwhile, another artist went to work designing indi- vidual ceramic tiles for each of these Soldiers bearing their photos and their personal information.”

All of the tiles, totaling around 350, are mounted on a J-rail tracking system that allows the unit to remove and replace tiles as needed.

“Specialty tiles relate the Soldier’s Creed, the NCO Creed, the Civilian Creed, and the Signal Soldier’s Creed while others encase flyover certificates for the Pentagon, the South West Asia Area of Operation our Fort Gordon regimental homefires, and our Fort

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