Presented Glass Ceiling Award
Two men and two women were selected for the annual award for their work in helping women to shatter the glass ceilingthe invisible barrier to top-level advancement in both public and private sectors. Kennedy was the only service member recognized.
Kennedy is the second woman in Army history to be promoted to the rank of major general and the first woman to hold the rank of general in the intelligence community. She is the first woman selected to serve as an assistant deputy chief of staff on the Army staff.
According to her award, Kennedy is "an exceptional mentor and role model who spends much of her personal time as a sounding board for young women and men as they grapple with personal decisions about their career paths and goals."
Kennedy has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels. She is an honor graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Her awards include the Legion of Merit (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Army Staff Identification Badge. (Submitted by the Women Executives in State Government)
Gold in Germany
Watson won three gold medals in the mens open category field events. His winning height in the pole vault was 14 feet. Watson stretched his long jump to 23 feet, 10 inchesout distancing the second-place finisher by 18 inches. He landed his third gold medal in the triple-jump event, finishing with 49 feet, 8 inches.
Miller raced to a gold medal finish in the womens 1,500-meter event in 5:37.220, finishing 10.078 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. She won the silver medal in the 800-meter event with a time of 2:39.454. (Submitted by Master Sgt. Joan E. Fischer)
To win the tournament, Tripler needed to beat Company A, 732nd MI Battalion twice. In the tug-of-war game-one match-up, Tripler got the last "tug." They pulled ahead 28-25, forcing a second game to decide the championship.
"Even after the first loss, our guys were pumped up and they knew they could come back," said coach and player Thomas Keelor.
Gary Lowry, pitcher for the 732nd team, knew it all along. "This is the way the battalion operates, especially Company A. They never give up," he said. (Submitted by Pfc. Joe Baily)
Among the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians attending the ceremony was Col. John C. Green, commander, 513th MI Brigade, INSCOM. (Submitted by Sgt. N. Poyser)
Officer on Assistance Team
Watkins was awarded the medal for his outstanding volunteer community service working with young people over a sustained period of time. His active support of the Partners in Education Program at Markham Elementary School at Fort Belvoir, Va., fostered mutual understanding and goodwill among the students, teachers, INSCOM and the U.S. Army. He played a direct role in promoting academic enrichment and student achievement at the school during 1995-96.
"I started out wanting to do more things with my son, Andre, who is 11 years old...it just grew to include other children," said Watkins. "The kids appreciate you more when youre doing things with them," he said.
Watkins worked with the students at Barden Elementary School at Fort Belvoir in 1994-95. He particularly enjoyed playing the role of a court jester on Fun Day. School officials presented their "Volunteer Beyond Excellence" award to Watkins at the close of the school year.
Watkins also volunteered for projects at Howard Air Force Base, Republic of Panama, where he was previously assigned. (Submitted by Sgt. Maj. Mark L. Maedge)
Force Award Shared
Originally awarded in March 1996, U.S. Air Force officials amended the award to include subordinate units of the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. (Submitted by Command Sgt. Maj. James R. Kumpost)
Eberts husband, Jack, is assigned to the human resources division, deputy chief of staff, personnel, at INSCOM headquarters, Fort Belvoir, Va. (Submitted by the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center)
Honored at Ball
Sgt. Donald R. Wodarski and Spc. Kimberly D. Williams used a ceremonial sword to cut the brigade cake during the festivities. They were selected as the brigade Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year respectively. Both Wodarski and Williams are assigned to Company A, 732nd MI Battalion, 703rd MI Brigade.
Other soldiers honored for their excellence in quality were Staff Sgt. Scott C. Brokaw, Company B, 733rd MI Battalion as battalion/ brigade Linguist of the Year; Sgt. David E. Hillyard, Company A, 733rd Battalion as battalion NCO of the Year; Pfc. Peter T. Blasi, Company B, 733rd MI Battalion as the battalion Soldier of the Year; and Sgt. Stephen P. Rothrock, Company B, 732d MI Battalion as the battalion Linguist of the Year. (Submitted by Spc . William Boldt)
Last Updated: April 24, 1997