The I-Team

Kids Help Break Ground for Child Development Center

     Col. G. Dickson Gribble, 713th MI Group commander, had more than a little help during the ground breaking ceremony for a new Child Development Center. While Walter Shelton, director of Defence Estate Organ-ization and Ernie Rodgers, Menwith Hill Station project manager, dug deep using silver spades, the real work was done by Blaine Hill and Wesley Baker. Hill and Baker, wearing bright yellow hard hats, brought pint-sized yellow shovels to dig into the wet ground.

     The new center will accommodate 140 children from infant to school age, a vast improvement over the present center, which handles 33 children. The 15,096 square feet of space in the center is designed to be easily extended, according to need. The center is scheduled to open July 1, 1997. (Submitted by Michelle Kick)

Editor's Note:      An unidentified source at the ceremony reported that Gribble dug a little too deep with his spade and unearthed life underground. He pointed out the “crawlers” to the two youngsters, who began a frenzied digging effort to uncover even more life forms. When the shoveling finally stopped, Gribble remarked to the crowd he thought most of the excavating was done!

SMA Visits 500th MI Brigade

     The Army's top enlisted soldier, Army Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney, visited the 500th MI Brigade at Camp Zama, Japan, in September. McKinney was making his first visit to Japan, and acknowledged he was getting a greater appreciation of what soldiers were doing there.

     While in Japan, McKinney inducted 27 newly promoted noncommissioned officers into the NCO Corps, telling them about leadership, right sizing and promotions.

     “Soldiers need to do all they can, be all they can be, continue to get an education and take care of their soldiers,” McKinney said.

     He told the soldiers they were promoted based on their potential, but the Army had to have positions to have a need for promotions.

     “The Army is restructuring the NCO Corps so soldiers can progressively move up through the ranks and be Sergeant Major of the Army some day,” he said.

(Submitted by Stephanie Thomas, 500th MI Bde public affairs)

Hallway Named for Logistics

     The hallway outside the offices of the deputy chief of staff for logistics at INSCOM headquarters was dedicated and named “Logistics Hall” on Oct. 15. A joint initiative of Col. Michael Wright, deputy chief of staff for logistics, and James Gilbert, INSCOM history office, the hallway highlights the contributions of logisticians to Army intelligence.

     According to Wright, the photographs, paintings and artifacts displayed in the hallway portray typical logistic support to soldiers: supply, maintenance, food service, transportation, facilities engineering and configuration management.

     “There are unique missions in Army intelligence, so logistic support is unique in some ways,” said Wright. “But supply is supply basically wherever you are. In Army intelligence, you have some additional support requirements,” he said.

Selected for Brigadier General

     Congratulations to Col. Wayne M. Hall, who was selected for promotion to brigadier general. Hall, the assistant chief of staff, J2, U.S. Forces Korea, is the former commander of INSCOM's 501st MI Brigade. Hooah!

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   Last Updated: January 23, 1997