Salutes & Awards

October 11, 2012

Thank you for your hospitality, love, support, and significant contributions to our healing

Kathy Colley

Recently the Fort Irwin community hosted my husband, retired Capt. Ed Colley, and me for the Suicide Prevention Stand-Down, Sept. 18. We were impressed by many things.

We understand that in today’s fiscal climate, where every military member and organization is pushed to “do more with less,” carving out an entire day to address issues that develop in the personal lives of Soldiers is difficult. Compounding this difficulty is our nation’s war-time footing and the insane operations tempo we ask of you. We were gratified to see such great support from every level in the chain-of-command, officers, non-commissioned officers, and individual Soldiers.

I was able to sit and watch all four presentations my husband and Beverly Cobain made in the base gymnasium. I was told that about 1,000 people attended each session, yet the room was quiet enough for me to hear my own heartbeat. Frankly, your rapt attention and silence enveloped me like a warm embrace. So many of you followed up this virtual hug with a literal hug – it was amazing.

I was impressed by how many of you were able to share your own experiences and hard-earned wisdom with others. In every case, the display of genuine support that followed demonstrates that Fort Irwin is a close-knit and caring community worthy of emulation.

Clearly it is impossible for me to thank each of the thousands of you personally, so I ask that you accept this less than personal, but heartfelt, approach:

Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your hospitality, love, support, and significant contributions to our healing.
Thank you for caring for yourself and every other member of the Fort Irwin Community.
We learned that in the hours and days after our trip to Fort Irwin, several Soldiers found the courage to come forward and seek help for some of the personal issues they faced; others had the compassion, and tools, to help these courageous men and women start along a path of healing. We know that together, you are able to support each other, save lives, and leave fewer fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, and children without the Soldier they love so much.
With love and appreciation for all who stand in harm’s way.
(Editor’s note: Kathy Colley is the mother of Pfc. Stephen E. Colley and the wife of retired United States Air Force Capt. Ed Colley. The Colley’s son died by suicide in 2007. Ed is a mentor for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and he shared his family’s story of resiliency during the Stand-Down for Suicide Prevention at the NTC and Fort Irwin, Sept. 18.)




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Photo by Spc. Denitra Halford, 11th ACR Public Affairs

Ready and Resilient team building

Photo by Spc. Denitra Halford, 11th ACR Public Affairs The 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment commander, Lt. Col. Shane Celeen, congratulates his Soldiers after they took the top trophy in the Commander’s Cup challen...
 
 
Spc. Denitra Halford

Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month

Spc. Denitra Halford Samuel Martinez, a Cheyenne Dancer, performs at the National American Indian Heritage Month observance here, Dec. 3. The event celebrated the history and culture of the American Indian culture. The Fort Irw...
 
 

Serving here: making a difference in something larger than yourself

Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas and I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and was able to spend time with friends and family during opportunity leave. The New Year will bring many challenges; we hope that all are well rested and reenergized as 2015 begins. We are very proud of the job that Soldiers,...
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

Cantonment burros moved to wilder pastures

Gustavo Bahena Louis Andreas, lead wrangler with Bureau of Land Management at Ridgecrest, Calif., oversees three burros moving toward a trailer, Dec. 4. Six burros – three females and three males – trotted off a trailer and...
 
 
Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC

Sharing holiday cheer with military, community leaders

Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC (Left to right) Aide-de-camp 1st Lt. Daniel Bukema, Kim Creed, and National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Ted Martin. Martin presented Creed with a commemorative medal he hand-c...
 
 

News Briefs January 9, 2015

Now through Jan. 28 Enrollment for Theater Arts Drama Club by SKIESUnlimited. Parent Central, building 109, or webtrac.mwr.army.mil. Ages 8-18. Session 1, Jan. 13-29, $30. Session 2, Jan. 29-March 31, $112. Class held at Ingalls Rec., building 361, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. Must be enrolled to audition, Jan. 29, for production of “Frozen,” which...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin