The I-Team

Royal Air Force Menwith Hill wins Ambassador Award
     The U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James, William J. Crowe, has commended the men and women of Royal Air Force Menwith Hill (Harrogate, England) for the excellence of their base-community relations program.

     In a ceremony at the ambassador’s London residence on April 17, Col. G. Dickson Gribble Jr., commander of Menwith Hill Station, was presented the Community Relations Program Excellence Award for Royal Air Force Menwith Hill. It was chosen in recognition of the many efforts to foster better relations with the local community.

     Crowe said, "During the past year, the base embarked on an aggressive program to lift the veil of secrecy that had been covering Menwith Hill, and reach out to their neighbors in a way they hadn’t done before. The command sponsored numerous tours, social events, sporting events and fund-raisers to encourage open dialogue with the community and demonstrate their commitment to being good neighbors."

     In accepting the award, Gribble praised the efforts of his people for working at both the individual and organizational level to improve Menwith Hill Station’s relationship with the community. Last year, it redesignated from a station to become a Royal Air Force base. With the redesignation came the arrival of an Royal Air Force liaison officer, Squadron Leader Ted Sumner. Gribble and Sumner have worked closely with the base’s British-American committee, led by Lord and Lady Swinton, and the community relations advisor, Christine Gilby, to improve the base’s relationship with its host community. (Submitted by Michele Kick)

Homepage Honors Cryptologic Service
     On May 23, the National Security Agency/Central Security Service placed an image of its National Cryptologic Memorial Wall on its Internet Homepage ( in conjunction with a Memorial Day Ceremony.

     The Cryptologic Memorial honors and remembers those who have given their lives "serving in silence" in the line of duty since World War II.

     The striking 12 feet wide and eight feet high black granite wall was designed by a National Security Agency employee. The words, "They Served In Silence," are etched in polished stone on the Cryptologic Memorial, which is housed in a central location at the agency’s headquarters complex at Fort George G. Meade, Md. (Submitted by National Security Agency Public Affairs)

Wright to Retire
     To Col. Michael L. Wright, communication was key to the success of logistics missions which supported the soldier first. He ensured the mission was understood and accomplished with as little gnashing of teeth as possible.

     On Sept. 30, Wright will retire after 30 years of active duty with the United States Army. The native Hoosier has been the INSCOM assistant chief of staff, G4, since September 1992. He has served numerous assignments at various stations in Vietnam, Panama, Germany and Belgium, as well as Fort Carson, Colo. and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

     While at INSCOM, Wright played a significant role in the closure of Field Stations Sinop Turkey, Berlin, Augsburg and Kunia. He guided the logistics support for the development of the Regional SIGINT Operations Center at Fort Gordon, Ga., and the relocation of the 513th MI Brigade from Fort Monmouth, N.J. to Fort Gordon, Ga. The G4, under his leadership, managed the quick reaction deployments of the TROJAN intelligence collection systems to OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Bosnia. Wright oversaw the provision of TROJAN mission support for OPERATION RESTORE HOPE in Somalia, OPERATION RESTORE DEMOCRACY in Haiti and operations in Croatia. Wright sponsored the first INSCOM Logistics Video Teleconference in January 1996, opening the door to more conferences and drawing all of INSCOM’s logistic support together.

     Wright emphasized the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence program and Chief of Staff, Army Supply Excellence awards to all INSCOM units; many of those units have won these awards since 1992.

     Believing in professional development for G4 soldiers and civilians, Wright began semi-annual staff rides to Civil War battlefields near the INSCOM headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va. The staff rides were so popular they were expand to include all interested INSCOM personnel.

     Wright was instrumental in obtaining a sign saying, "Logistics Hall," which hangs over the hallway along with a commemorative plaque.

     Col. John A. Scipione will succeed Wright as the assistant chief of staff, G4, for INSCOM. Scipione comes to INSCOM from the Pentagon, where he served in the office of the deputy chief of staff for logistics. His previous assignments include Germany, Hawaii and Korea. Scipione was also an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (Submitted by Lisa Gilley, office of the G4)

Andrews in U.S. Army Soldier’s Show
     "My dad started it off; I wanted to sing half as good as he did," said Staff Sgt. Cornelius A. Andrews. "When I was a kid, I would follow him around and listen to his group instead of hanging out with my buddies. I knew I wanted to be an entertainer."

     Andrews still doesn’t have time to hang out with his buddies now that he is on a six-month tour with the U.S. Army Soldier Show. The Soldier Show committee reviewed his videotape and selected him as part of the show performers. During his 12 years of service, Andrews has won various talent contests and has been selected on six formal occasions to sing the U.S. national anthem. His most recent contest victory was the United Service’s Organization talent search at Camp Humphrey, Korea, where he performed Lady by Kenny Rogers.

     Andrews is a Morse code interceptor assigned to Operations Company, 751st MI Battalion, 501st MI Brigade, INSCOM, in Korea. (Submitted by Staff Sgt. Robin Brown)

Kennedy Tapped for Third Star
     Maj. Gen. Claudia Kennedy has been nominated for the rank of lieutenant general by President Clinton. When confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first three-star female officer in the Army. Kennedy will join Navy Vice Adm. Patricia Tracey and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Carol A. Mutter as the military’s only three-star female officers.

     Kennedy, a 29-year veteran, was assigned as the assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence in July 1995. She became the acting deputy chief of staff for intelligence in February. (Army News Service)

Cavaliers Retain Title
     For the third consecutive year, the Royal Air Force Menwith Hill Cavaliers reign as the United Kingdom Small Units Champions of the basketball court. In the first round of action on Feb. 7, The Cavaliers scorched the nets to defeat RAF Fairford, 100-79. The next night, The Cavaliers eked out a 77-76 win over RAF Molesworth and earned a spot in the championship play-off on Feb 9.

     The Cavaliers faced off against RAF Molesworth, losing by one digit (81-80) and forcing a "winner takes all" final game. RAF Menwith Hill was down by 16 points at half time, but a barrage of field goals in the second half gave the victory to The Cavaliers, 74-70. Dwayne Williams led the team with 19 points and Patrick Merritt poured in 14 points in the game. Marvin Mens’ 3-pointer and Phillip King’s two free throws sealed the win with seven seconds on the clock.

     Team members are Kenny Gray, civilian; Roland Fowler, U.S. Navy; Phillip King, U.S. Air Force; Marvin Mens, U.S. Air Force; Pat Merritt, U.S. Army; Mike Thompson, U.S. Air Force, and Dwayne Williams, civilian. Neil McNeill was added for tournament play. The Cavaliers are coached by Kelton Bryant and Howard Love. (Submitted by Michele Kick)

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   Last Updated: July 02, 1997