New command team takes over at Fort A.P. Hill

Lt. Col. David A. Meyer took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill during a Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony on June 27. Here Meyer (left) accepts the garrison colors from Mr. Davis D. Tindoll, Jr., director Installation Management Command Atlantic Region, signifying his assumption of command. Photo Credit: George Markfelder JFHQNCR MDW
Lt. Col. David A. Meyer took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill during a Change of Command and Change of Responsibility Ceremony on June 27. Here Meyer (left) accepts the garrison colors from Mr. Davis D. Tindoll, Jr., director Installation Management Command Atlantic Region, signifying his assumption of command. Photo Credit: George Markfelder JFHQNCR MDW

FORT A.P. HILL Va. — Lt. Col. David A. Meyer assumed command of Fort A.P. Hill during a brief ceremony at Beaverdam Field here June 27.

Meyer comes to Fort A.P. Hill from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was the Professor of Military Science at the university’s Army ROTC detachment. He succeeds Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle who served as garrison commander for the last two years.

During the same ceremony Command Sgt. Maj. Weiquan A. Ho was designated the command sergeant major for the garrison. Ho succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Keith R. Whitcomb who, like Dargle, served at A.P. Hill for two years.

Ho’s most recent assignment was as the sergeant major for A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines Task Force North Sergeant Major.

Dargle’s next assignment is as the Executive Officer of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

Whitcomb’s next assignment is at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

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Memorial Day message from the Commander

Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, addresses a group of military and government service personnel during the Post Memorial Day Ceremony Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, addresses a group of military and government service personnel during the Post Memorial Day Ceremony Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Memorial Day has its roots soon after the end of the Civil War when we used the occasion to decorate the graves of our fallen Soldiers. Since WW I, the practice was extended to include and honor all those who have fallen in our nation’s battles. Memorial Day is the day we pay our respect to those who, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, gave their last full measure of devotion in the defense of our Nation. The Warriors we honor never sought war for its own sake, but did not flinch when their nation called them to action. Through their sacrifice, we enjoy the many blessings of liberty we have today.

To the men and women of our military that have given their last full measure of devotion we are forever grateful.

While we remember our fallen comrades this weekend, we also want to ensure we take care of our team who selflessly serve others today. Before we conduct this long weekend, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous service and proven dedication to Fort AP Hill’s mission. This weekend provides a great chance for many of you to spend quality time with Friends and Family. This weekend also marks the start of the summer season and with it, the Army’s Summer Safety Campaign. These critical days are a time of increased outdoor activity and an increase in hazards. A little planning and careful execution will go a long way to ensuring anything you do will be done in the best manner possible. I ask you to apply composite risk management (CRM) as a life skill. Make sure you manage risks 24/7 with good and informed decisions. Motor vehicle accidents remain the number one killer of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. Use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs) at https://safety.army.mil , a proven tool to help identify and mitigate the risks of traveling.

Take care of each other and have a safe and great Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you again for your selfless service to our great Nation. Enjoy this holiday, but remember to always play it safe.

“Bring Hill Up!!!”

v/r
Peter E. Dargle
LTC, AR
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – May 2014

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014

A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the President to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.

Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Reflecting America and AP Hill itself, the Asian American Pacific Islander community draws strength from the diversity of its many cultures — each has vibrant histories and unique perspectives to bring to our national life. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have helped build, defend, and strengthen our Nation.

Please join me in paying tribute to the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

v/r

Peter E. Dargle
LTC, AR
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander

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Fort A.P. Hill App is now available for Android.

Fort AP Hill Android App rollout

Fort AP Hill Android App rollout

The U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill App is now available for Android. The Apple mobile App has been available for several years. Enjoy and always remember your feedback is very helpful for future App expansion and upgrades.

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STRONG B.A.N.D.S.

May is National Sports and Fitness Month. U.S. Army Garrison, Fort A.P. Hill, HQ Fitness Center, is banding together for health and wellness. Show your commitment to fitness by attending Zumba, Row the Pacific, Run America, or Cycle the World Competitions. Participants will receive a strong band to wear proudly during May in support of the strength of the Army Family. For more information, contact 804-633-2451. Visit armymwr dot com slash strong bands for more information and fitness tips.Image

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Women’s History Month – March 2014

Please join me in paying tribute to the generations of women, past and present, whose commitment to service both at home and abroad have ensured the great strength of our Nation. Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

Throughout our Nation’s history, women have led movements for justice at both the national and international level, made discoveries that advanced our society and promoted life & health, and enriched our culture with great works of art & literature. Women have also served our Nation with incredible valor and honor in every conflict since the Revolutionary War. Today, American Women serve as committed leaders of character in every field and occupation. So as we take this month to honor the many women who have shaped our nation’s history, let us also take time to thank those women who continue to shape our future through their incredible efforts today.

Many thanks to all the women in the AP Hill Family, past & present, who have ensured our mission accomplishment today and shaped our garrison’s future mission success.

I invite all of you to visit the following link for additional information regarding this celebration of women in history and their incredible contributions to our society.

http://womenshistorymonth.gov/index.html

v/r
Peter E. Dargle
LTC, AR
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander

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