The NTC and Fort Irwin welcomes motivational speakers Glen Bloomstrom and Pete Huttlinger (also a musician) for keynote training events during Suicide Prevention Month at Freedom Fitness Center, Sept. 23 and 24. Daily presentation times will be: 9 – 10 a.m., 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., and 3 – 4 p.m.
Bloomstrom is a retired U.S. Army colonel, who served as a chaplain. He is currently the Military Director for LivingWorks Education, LP, in Calgary, Canada. He works with the Department of Defense, Veterans organizations, faith communities and international militaries to prevent suicide through education and intervention training. LivingWorks developed and owns the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program, an Army-approved and required training program.
Bloomstrom served with the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Special Forces Group, 75th Ranger Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, at battalion, brigade and division levels, which included combat support for Grenada, peacekeeping in Egypt, as well as direct combat on the initial invasion of Panama. His operational chaplain service culminated with nearly 18 months in 36 months of deployment with Special Operations Task Forces in the CENTCOM Area of Operations as part of Joint Special Operations Command supporting combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. A noteworthy accomplishment during his 30 years of active duty service was oversight and management of the Army’s Strong Bonds program that evolved from a unit program, to an annual multi component Army program with $80 million dollars of funding for 50,000 participants and ongoing research by the National Institutes of Health.
Huttlinger has been Heralded by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine as “…the official ‘King of the Fingerpickers’,” and has entertained audiences around the world, both as a solo performer, and with other well-known artists. He toured alongside the likes of John Denver during the last four years of his life, and John Oates of Hall & Oates. LeeAnn Rimes often requests Pete’s accompaniment during her acoustic performances, including “Live from Abbey Road” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Vince Gill calls him, “…wickedly gifted,” and he was requested to participate in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festivals in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
Accolades aside, Huttlinger is now telling his stories of resilience. As a survivor of both a major stroke and end-state heart failure, he is eager to encourage the military community on how he has overcome these, and other obstacles in his life that seemed insurmountable, in his, “Don’t Just Live, Live Well!” presentations.
In addition to the keynote presentations, a variety of concurrent activities will be conducted throughout the month at the installation and unit levels, all in conjunction with the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign Plan that promotes the value of leaders at all levels directly impacting their units and changing attitudes. The intent is to sustain a visible and active focus on Soldier, Army Civilian and Family issues impacting Resilience.
For more information, contact the Suicide Prevention Program Manger at 380-9446.