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NETCOM Commanding General promoted

By Eric Hortin

NETCOM/9th SC (A) Public Affairs

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (NETCOM/9th SC(A)) – The auditorium inside Greely Hall was filled to capacity by those wishing to view a small piece of history, and to give well wishes to the guest of honor. Today, Susan Lawrence, commanding general of U.S.Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army) was promoted to major general.

“I know that without a doubt that this Army is a team sport, and that’s what gets us here these days,” Lawrence said. “I know there could be 10 others as equally qualified stand- ing here today. I am honored and humbled that the Nation has seen fit to let me continue to serve and lead these great men and women of our Army, because I am so proud of them.”

The simple ceremony was attended by Lawrence’s family and friends from Ida Grove, Iowa, members of the command, and officials from post units and the surrounding communities. Additionally, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, the Army’s Chief Information Officer, officiated the ceremony and spoke with respect about Lawrence’s personal fight against cancer, and about her service to the nation and the command.

“In the Army, we have values,” Sorenson said, reciting the seven Army values. “There is no person I have seen that basically characterizes or epitomizes those types of values than Susan Lawrence.

“She came here to NETCOM as one who had a clear understanding of what the mission was. Ever since she set foot in NETCOM, she has been mission focused to try to improve what we are doing today – to deliver a better network to our Soldiers who are on point.”

Members of Lawrence’s family removed the single star from her epaulets and pinned on the new rank of major general. Once complete, Com- mand Sgts. Maj. Donald Manley and Kenneth Williams, NETCOM/9th SC (A) and 7th Signal Command (Theater) command sergeants major, respectively, unfurled Lawrence’s two-star flag.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor

Patricia Conard (left) and Kelli Whiteing, mother and sister (respectively) of Susan Lawrence, pin on the rank of major general during a promotion ceremony Dec. 11, at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

NETCOM Soldier hits a grand slam, makes National softball team

By Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor NETCOM/9th SC (A) Public Affairs FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – The Amateur Soft- ball Association (ASA) chose its 15-person USA Men’s Slow Pitch National team roster, Dec. 4, for the 2009 Border Battle, an international slow pitch game between the U.S. and Canada.

One of those team members is Sgt. 1st Class Dex- terAvery, U.S.Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army).

“I didn’t have any idea that this was going to hap- pen,” said Avery. “I am one of the lucky 15 that was chosen to represent the United States in this neigh- borly battle. There are no tryouts; it’s the first year this has been done. Maybe in the future there will be tryouts, but I think the committee picked the best 15 to represent the U.S. and I’m overwhelmed with joy to be selected to be a part of this.”

The 10-time All Army softball player said he enjoys the sport because it helps keep him fit for the battlefield. Being involved on a team like this is not new to Avery.

“I am a seven-time All Tourney selectee from the Armed Forces tournament, and an eight-time All Nationals selectee,” he said. “This softball tournament is the highest level a player can imagine, unless they make it an Olympic sport. I’m just excited to be a part of this journey that’s about to happen.”

Having played most of his life,Avery said waiting until July to be able to compete in the Border Battle is a lot like the anticipation that children experience during the holidays.

“It’s like when you’re old enough to ride a bike

and you have written Santa dozens of letters so that you can receive one for Christmas; and you wake up and realize there’s a big, shiny bike waiting on you under the tree. All you want to do is take it out but you have to wait until every one is up and for the sun to come out first. It’s like that—Christmas in July—it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Until his Christmas in July arrives, Avery said he’ll be practicing every chance he gets and wishes his mother could share in this moment, like she did when he was a child.

“I just wish my mom was here to see all the won- derful things I have accomplished in my life. She passed away when I was just beginning my adulthood, but that’s okay—I know she’s watching over me.”

The game is scheduled for July 18, 2009, during the 4th World Cup of Softball at ASA’s Hall of Fame Complex and will be televised on ESPN.

According to their Web site, http://www.asasoft- ball.com, the Amateur Softball Association was founded in 1933 and is the national governing body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organiza- tions and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 250,000 teams today, representing a member- ship of more than four million.

The 2009 inaugural roster includes athletes from 11 different states that bring powerful talent and years of experience.

Drivers Beware: New AZ law could cost offenders $90

By Jennifer Vollmer As of January 1, Arizona state law will require that the state name on the top of Arizona license plates be visible at all times. This new law mainly affects those who have license plate covers or holders that infringe on the top of the license plate.

Per A.R.S. 28-2354(B.), anyone who is found guilty of sporting a license plate holder, cover, or frame that reduces the visibility of the state name will be cited and ordered to pay a fine of $90.

According to Bill Miller, Department of Emergency Services Operations Manager , the new license plate law will affect everyone in the State of Arizona, to include the personnel who live, work, and visit Fort Huachuca. “The Fort Huachuca Police will be enforc- ing the law as they do any other traffic or criminal law,” he said. “The fines for this offense will mirror the state the fines.”

The law does not make the use of all license plate holders, covers, and frames illegal – just the ones that block the state name.

Arizona will also be adopting a new law that requires off-highway vehicles such as All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), trail motorcycles and dirt bikes, to have an annual vehicle decal.

The decal will be available for purchase starting January 1, 2009 online at “http://www.servicearizona. com/” www.servicearizona.com or at a Motor Vehicle Division Office or Authorized Third Party Provider. The cost of the decal is still being determined by the Motor Vehicle Division and is expected to be an- nounced soon. Once the cost is announced, it will be posted at “http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/” www.azdot. gov/mvd. The decal is valid for one year.

www.huachuca.army.mil/usag/pao

December 18, 2008

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