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-
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
Former Joint Base Myer-
HendersonHall historian Kim
By Damien Salas
on the FortMyer portion of
Hall, conversations over
how to lead todays armed
forces can be heard
throughout the halls.
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
officer, Battaglia said it is
to represent and lead a
diverse enlisted force that
equates to nearly two
million men and women
serving active duty reserve,
National Guard and
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
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,
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
linked by three
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 www.army.mil/jbmhh Published For Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
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
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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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PHOTO BY RACHEL LARUE
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.
PHOTO BY DAMIEN SALAS
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.