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  • By Jim Dresbach

    Pentagram Staff Writer

    Seventy years ago, Marines

    fought for footholds in the

    volcanic earth of an unknown

    Pacific Ocean island named

    Iwo Jima. Throughout the

    five weeks of battle against the

    Empire of Japan, over 6,800

    Americans spilled their blood

    in the shadow of the islands

    summit, Mount Suribachi.

    On Feb. 23, 1945, five

    Marines and a Sailor pierced

    Suribachis rocks and soil with

    a flag pole while Associated

    Press photographer Joe

    Rosenthal snapped a photo-

    graph that still today is one

    of Americas most identifi-

    able symbols.

    Of the six men who raised

    the f lag atop Suribachi,

    three are buried in Arlington

    National Cemetery. Though

    located in separate areas of

    ANC, the graves of Cpl. Ira

    Hayes, Cpl. Rene Gagnon and

    Sgt. Michael Strank are easily

    accessible to the public.

    Two of the three flag raisers,

    Strank andGagnon, were rein-

    terred in Arlington. Strank

    was killed in action less than

    a week following the famous

    flag raising. He was interred

    at Arlington Jan. 13, 1949.

    Gagnon survived Iwo Jima

    and passed away in 1979.

    His remains were reburied

    in Section 51 July 7, 1981.

    Just 30 yards from the Ord &

    Weitzel Gate, Gagnon holds

    the distinction and honor of

    being buried the closest to his

    likeness on theMarine Corps

    War Memorial.

    Former Joint Base Myer-

    HendersonHall historian Kim

    By Damien Salas

    Pentagram Staff


    WithinMemorial Chapel

    on the FortMyer portion of

    Joint BaseMyer-Henderson

    Hall, conversations over

    how to lead todays armed

    forces can be heard

    throughout the halls.

    JBM-HH chaplains

    invitedMarine Corps Sgt.

    Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia to

    speak March 3 about his

    experiences in leadership.

    We are all leaders

    regardless of rank or

    status, said JBM-HH

    Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry

    Dabeck, who introduced

    the sergeant major.

    Because leadership is the

    opportunity to influence

    for good those to the left

    and right of us.

    With more than 35

    years in theMarine Corps,

    Battaglia, the senior enlisted

    advisor to the Chairman of

    the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

    had a lot to share with the

    dozens of attendees.

    According to Battaglia,

    each leader requires a

    different formula for lead-

    ership success. Multiple

    sources of leadership devel-

    opment more than just

    Battaglias philosophy on

    leadership will help in

    finding the right formula

    to shape, refine and tweak

    individual leadership styles.

    You can solicit quite a

    bit from those who have

    been through challenges

    before you, he said.

    As the armed forces

    senior non-commissioned

    officer, Battaglia said it is

    professionally humbling

    to represent and lead a

    diverse enlisted force that

    equates to nearly two

    million men and women

    serving active duty reserve,

    National Guard and

    their families.

    As I look around the

    room, I see why our country

    enjoys its liberty, he said.

    We all come from different

    walks of life; we stretch our

    roots from coast to coast.

    We come from different

    schools, denominations

    and in some cases, we are

    even raised outside of the

    border of our 54 states and


    He stressed that a good

    leader allows for profes-

    By Julia LeDoux

    Pentagram Staff Writer

    Staffers at the AndrewRaderU.S. Army

    Health Clinic on the FortMyer portion of

    the joint base were recognized Feb. 27 for

    participating in the Performance Triad.

    The Performance Triad is Surgeon

    General of the Army Lt. Gen. Patricia

    Horohos answer to help create ready and

    resilient Soldiers and Army families. It

    urges both Soldiers and family members

    to get eight hours of sleep a night, walk at

    least 10,000 steps a day and eat a healthy

    and balanced diet.

    Its the key component tomove us from

    a health care system to being a system

    of health, said Lt. Col. Ed Weinberg,

    clinic commander.

    For the past three months, Rader

    staffers who chose to participate tracked

    their sleep, exercise or nutrition habits

    and submitted that information to one of

    the clinics Performance Triad representa-

    tives. When the results were tallied, Dr.

    Evonne Fei won the nutrition and sleep

    category and Dr. Whitney Lopez was the

    winner of the activity category. Runners

    up wereMaryWilson and Pfc. Kimberly

    Williams in the nutrition category.

    These ladies took on the challenge of

    tracking either sleep, activity or nutrition

    for 90 days and turning that into one

    of the Performance Triad representa-

    tives, explained Capt. Vanessa Bonner, a

    physical therapist at the clinic who serves

    as Performance Triad champion for the

    Rader Clinic honors 2014

    Performance Triad participants

    Iwo Jima, Arlington

    National Cemetery

    linked by three

    flag-raising Marines

    see LUNCH, page 4

    see IWO, page 4

    see AWARD, page 6

    Battaglia: Diverse lessons in

    leadership key to force preservation

    Vol. 62, No. 9 March 5, 2015 Published For Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall


    News Notes

    Thursday Lenten

    concerts, lunches

    Join friends and colleagues for

    free Lenten concerts and lunches at

    Memorial Chapel on the Fort Myer

    portion of the joint base.

    The concerts begin at 11:30 a.m.

    on the next four Thursdays of Lent.

    The concerts and lunches are free. No

    tickets are required. Come for some or

    all of the event as your schedule allows.

    After the concert, the group will

    then go into the Chapels Fellowship

    Hall for a catered lunch, followed by

    a short devotional. During Thursdays

    of Lent, the daily Catholic Mass will

    be held at 11 a.m. instead of noon, so

    those attending can go to the concert

    in the chapel at 11:30 a.m.

    In coming weeks, the Thursday

    Lenten concerts will include Alvin

    Gustin, organist, and Rebecca Littig,

    soprano; Randall Sheets, organist,

    playing music inspired by the Lords

    Prayer by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn

    and Bach; Marci Pekala, guest

    organist, playing the music of Bach

    and Widor; and Glendon Franck,

    organist, Irvin Peterson andMichelle

    Acton on saxophones.

    For more information, call


    Tax deadline is approaching

    The JBM-HH Consolidated Tax

    Center is available for all tax returns

    in Bldg. 205 on the Fort Myer portion

    of the joint base. Jointly operated by

    the U.S. Army Military District of

    Washington and theU.S.MarineCorps

    National Capital Region Command,

    the tax center serves military per-

    sonnel active component, reserve

    component (bring orders of 29 days or

    more) and retirees and their families.

    This service is free. No appointments

    are necessary; however, appointments

    are available for more complex tax

    returns. Wait times for walk-ins can

    vary, according to the tax center. The

    tax centers staff recommends that

    those with complex tax returns, such

    see NEWS NOTES, page 4

    Index Local forecast

    Throwback Thursday. . . . . . . . . . . page 2

    Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 3

    In photos: Iwo Jima . . . . . . . . . . . page 4

    News Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 4

    Womens history . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 5

    SFL-TAP seminars, workshops . . . . . page 6

    Capitol Hill testimony . . . . . . . . . . page 7

    Golden State Warriors at ANC . . . . . page 8


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    The headstone of Rene Gagnon, who died Oct. 12, 1979, is

    located in Section 51 in Arlington National Cemetery. Gagnon

    is best known for being one of the six men depicted in

    Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthals Pulitzer Prize

    winning photo of a Sailor and Marines raising an American

    flag during the Battle for Iwo Jima. The Rosenthal photo-

    graphs depiction became a basis for a statue honoring all U.S.

    Marines at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington.


    Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia

    gives a presentation March 3 during the second quarterly moral leadership luncheon hosted in Memorial Chapel

    on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

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