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by Command Sergeant Major Scott C. Chunn

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season and are gearing up for the tremendous year ahead of us.  We face many challenges in 1999.

I was fortunate to visit a number of units in the last couple of months. In November, the 224th MI Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield put on a dining-in where the camaraderie was great. Thanks for a memorable evening and visit.

In December I visited Fort  Bragg, North Carolina, and spent a few days with the great soldiers of the XVIII Airborne Corps 525th MI Brigade (the only Airborne MI brigade in the Army, as CSM Campbell fondly refers to them), the 82nd Airborne Division 313 MI Battalion, and units of the Special Forces Command (5th and 7th Special Forces Groups), and U.S. Army Special Operations Command. I am amazed at the quality of our soldiers every time I visit a unit. We truly have the best!  I would like to thank all the units that took the time to host my visit and to make it memorable. You are all doing important work – thanks.

In February I will be visiting our MI Students and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. They are hoping to upgrade the “MI Room” at the academy. I have not seen the MI Room in years and I understand it is rather austere. If any of you have memorabilia your units would be willing to donate toward this cause, it would be greatly appreciated. Point of contact for this action is Sergeant Major Ronnie Chaney at the Academy, Command Sergeant Major Wright at the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), or myself.

By now all of you should have received the message or information concerning the CSM/SGM Worldwide Conference. This will be a full conference this year instead of the mini- conference. There have been so many changes in MI Sergeants Major positions and in MI itself that we felt this was necessary and beneficial for all. The conference will be 1 to 5 March 1999 and if you have any questions please feel free to contact SGM “Bo” Long at DSN 821-5774 (E-mail longo@ huachuca-emh1.army.mil), MSG  Paul Moore at DSN 821-1174 (E-mail moorep@huachuca-emh1. army.mil),  or my office at DSN 821-1145/1146 (E-mail chunns@ huahuca-emh1.army.mil). I hope to see all Sergeants Major at the conference this year and look forward to your input in resolving MI Issues.

As always, train hard, take care of soldiers and their families, and have fun. Thanks!

ALWAYS OUT FRONT!