The I-Team

Kennedy Presented Glass Ceiling Award
    Maj. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy was presented with the "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" award by the Women Executives in State Government organization in a Jan. 31 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Kennedy is the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Department of the Army.

    Two men and two women were selected for the annual award for their work in helping women to shatter the glass ceiling—the 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)

Athletes Win Gold in Germany
    Congratulations to two INSCOM athletes of the 718th MI Group, Bad Aibling, Germany. Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward G. Watson and Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Miller won four gold medals and a silver medal during the 1996 United States Army Europe’s Track and Field Championships, held recently in Bamberg, Germany.

    Watson won three gold medals in the men’s open category field events. His winning height in the pole vault was 14 feet. Watson stretched his long jump to 23 feet, 10 inches—out 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 women’s 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)

Softball Team Wins
    Congratulations to the men’s softball team from Company A, 732nd MI Battalion, 703rd MI Brigade. The team won the 1996 U.S. Army, Hawaii Intramural softball double-elimination tournament championship at Gimlet Field Sept. 14, 1996. The champs defeated the team from Tripler Army Medical Center 25-8.

    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)

Back Hall Opens
    On Sept. 27, 1996, officials conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Back Hall main entrance of the Fort Gordon Regional SIGINT Operations Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. Col. Patrick J. Gagan, commander, 702d MI Group, helped to officially cut the ribbon and activate the CONFIRM access control system. The system supports the intelligence community badge program which began in September 1995.

    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)

Intelligence Officer on Assistance Team
    Maj. William Gladbach has been selected to serve on the Army’s Force Protection Assistance Team. Gladbach, executive officer for the INSCOM Support Battalion at Fort Belvoir, Va., will work as a team member for six months, studying ways to improve the Army Force Protection Program.

INSCOM Soldier Awarded Medal
    Sgt. 1st Class Samuel T. Watkins is the first INSCOM headquarters soldier to be awarded one of the Army’s newest medals: the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Watkins is assigned to the INSCOM Support Battalion (Provisional) with duty in the office of the deputy chief of staff for operations at INSCOM headquarters.

    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 just grew to include other children," said Watkins. "The kids appreciate you more when you’re 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)

Air Force Award Shared
    Three INSCOM units shared honors in the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, which was presented for exceptionally meritorious service between Oct. 1, 1994, and Sept. 30, 1995. Recipients included the 748th MI Battalion at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Headquarters Company, 718th MI Group at Bad Aibling, Germany; and Headquarters Company, 713th MI Group (Provisional) at Menwith Hill Station, United Kingdom.

    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)

Ebert Wins Again
    Congratulations to Betty Ebert, who won the 1996 James A. Carroll Jr. Award for Excellence in Club Management for the second straight year. She manages the Officers’ Club at Fort Myer, Va., which tied for first place honors for the Army’s best large officers’ club. Ebert’s club shares best club honors with Carole E. Mackey, who manages the officer’s club at Fort Jackson, S.C. Both winners will be recognized at the International Military Community Executives Assn. banquet awards dinner in May.

     Ebert’s 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)

Quality Honored at Ball
    Members of the 703rd MI Brigade at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, showed their appreciation for the quality of their soldiers. During their 1996 Soldier’s Ball, they honored six soldiers for their excellence in the brigade.

    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)

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