— Dana Thornbury, DLA Land and Maritime Public Affairs
EX-USACE CHIEF SHARES MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCES, CHALLENGES
Defense Logistics Agency Energy Chief of Staff Army Col. Doug Henry hosted the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance May 17, joined by McNamara Headquarters Complex tenant organization leaders, including DLA Chief of Staff Kristin French. But the real star was guest speaker, retired Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, who related stories with humor, candor and charisma.
Bostick serves as chief operating officer at Intrexon, a biotechnology company. Most of Bostick’s anecdotes were from his long military career, including as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and as the Army deputy chief of staff for personnel and readiness.
The retired general said his dual heritage as an African American and as an Asian American means he’s often mistaken for other races and has sometimes struggled with how to identify himself.
“My dad came in the Army before [President Harry] Truman’s desegregation, so he was in an all-black unit,” Bostick said. “He married a Japanese woman right after World War II, so it was like a double whammy!”
“I’m very proud of both sides of my heritage,” he said. “I recognize both cultures.”
Bostick said he was privileged to meet some members of the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a large contingent of Japanese American soldiers who fought during World War II and became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.
“Many of them were Nisei ...the second generation of Japanese Americans,” Bostick said. He ex-plained there was a lot of suspicion directed toward the 14,000 Nisei, who had to endure many investigations “to make sure they were really on our side.”
“They earned seven presidential unit citations — to have one is huge — [and] 21 Medals of Honor, [totaling] 9,846 awards in one unit,” Bostick said. “Think about that.”
— Dianne Ryder, DLA Public Affairs
INSPIRE’D MENTOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS PROVIDE ‘BLESSINGS’ FOR HOMELESS
Participants in the Industrial Hardware Success and Partnership in Reaching Excellence mentoring program assembled 150 lunch bags for the homeless May 17.
The community outreach and team building event featured Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support employees making sandwiches and assembling lunch bags, known as “blessing bags,” with uplifting messages. The bags were delivered to a non-profit organization serving the homeless in southern New Jersey.
“My goal was to make it unique from other mentoring programs, which is where the team building and community service projects come into play,” Joanne Anello, Industrial Hardware traditional acquisition division chief and InSPIRE co-lead, said. “This project is just a small way we can give back and hopefully brighten someone’s day.”
When Anello teamed with Chuck Zerambo, IH purchasing agent and InSPIRE co-lead, to create the program, Anello wanted to make it unique and provide an opportunity for participants to connect with each other and the community.
One IH employee, who authored more than half of the uplifting messages, was glad to be part of the event.
“It’s a really fun and interesting way to come together,” said Alexa Janco, an IH contract specialist and InSPIRE participant. “It was a team building event, but I also got to network with other mentors and mentees and help the community.”
— John Dwyer III, DLA Troop Support Public Affairs
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