Our thanks to Tom McCrea for providing this Weekly Gazelle.

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6 December 1968

Col George Hamer, Commanding
Maj. Victor F. Keefe, Information Officer
Bronson Davis, Editor
Kenneth Gadbois, Staff Writer

Four Men receive C of A's November 29.

Four men received Kagnew Station Certificates of Achievemnet in ceremonies held Nov. 29. Col. Geroge R. Hamer presented the certificates to SP5 Bruce E. Eckhard, Jimmy L. Bell, Walter M. Szcesniak, and SP4 Thomas E. McCrea. Staff Officers and NCO's associated with the men, and close friends attended the ceremony held in the post conference room.

SP5 Bruce Eckhard received his certificate for his work during the period December 1966 to December 1968 while assigned to the Collection Branch of the Office of Operations. SP5 Eckhard is a native os Ashland, Ohio, attended Ohio State Univ. Before entering the Army in June 1965. He Arrived at Kagnew Station in June 1966 and was assigned to Co. A. Following the ceremony, Specialist Eckhard left for assignment to Two Rock Ranch in Petaluma, Ca.

SP5 Jimmy Lee Bell of Hallsville, TX, was honered for his work as an Operating Room Tech. In the Post Hospital during the period April 1967 through November 1968. SP5 Bell entered the Army in December 1965 and arrived at Kagnew Station in April of 1967. He will be seperating from the Army this month and hopes to college in Texas.

SP5 Walter Szczesniak received his Certificate of Achievement for his work in the Collection Branch of the Office of Operations. A native of Addison, IL, Specialist Szczesniak arrived at Kagnew in July 1966 with Margaret. Following the ceremony he and his family also left for Two Rock Ranch.

SP4 Thomas E. McCrea also received a Certificate of Achievement for his work in the Collection Branch. The citation stated that "Since his arrival in January 1967, Specialist McCrea has displayed a willingness to learn and a desire for self-improvement that has made him a valuable asset to the Collection Branch". Specialist McCrea of Easton, MD enlisted in the Army in November 1965. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Dix and communications schooling at Ft.Devens. Following the ceremony he left for a tour of duty at Ft. Riley, KS.

It's now 2Lt Flaherty

Second Lieutenant James Flaherty made the big jump from SP4 to his present rank in ceremonies held in the Commander's office Nov. 27. Lt. Col. Karl E. Nestler, the post executive officer, administered the oath of commission in the United States Army, and pinned on the new bar, and Maj. Claude C. Focht, Jr., Operations Officer, pinned on the Officer's Military Intelligence insignia. Lt. Flaherty, of Denver, CO, graduated from the University of Colorado in Political Science before entering the Army in September 1966. He completed Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood and then studied at the Presidio of Monterey in California. He arrived here at Kagnew Station in January of this year and has worked at Tract C.

TEEN TOPICS by Scott Manchester

The Student Council's second annual clothing drive got started last Monday, Dec. 2. I'd like to remind everyone to donate any old clothes you might have to the school. You can either give them to any child in grades l - 5 or drop them off at the school store. All clothes collected will be donated to worthy causes around Asmara.

Dr. Richard Proctor, post pediatrician, gave another talk to the high school boys last Monday, Dec. 2. It was entitled " The Facts Aren't Enough". It concerned sex. And the teenager.

November's student of the month is Pam Braa, a sophomore. Pam is a National Honor Society member and the secretary of the Student Council. She was chosen by the school faculty from nominees selected by the Student Council.

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