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Bernie McGrenahan is taking Military Bases across the Globe by storm with his HAPPY HOUR program! Opening the program with a 30 minute stand-up comedy show, Bernie then segues into a personal testimony of High-Risk Drinking, DUI reduction & Suicide Prevention,  inspiring Military & Civilian personnel to make smart, safe decisions. ‘HAPPY HOUR’ is changing behaviors and saving lives! For more, please click here to read his BIO.

 

 

Naval Station San Diego- “I Killed” raffle book winner- Frank Guerra- CONGRATS!

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Thank you Naval Station San Diego for being such awesome crowds today!!  I sure enjoyed entertaining you all and sharing a little of my personal story.  Hopefully you were able to take a little from today’s programs.  Thank you Jim Queen for being such a wonderful host for the second year in row.  You make life on the road as good as it gets.     See pics below from the programs. Thank you to Jim Queen and Miles Murray for the photos!! 

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Show Raffle Winners- “I Killed” True Road Stories from America’s Top Comics featuring Bernie McGrenahan

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Raffle Winners only.  Do not leave a comment on this post.  Leave a comment on the POST matching your Base!

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The following show attendees were randomly picked to receive a copy of I KILLED:True Road Stories of America’s Top Comedians!

JANUARY 2015
15- Joint Base Charleston-Gary Grove and Jonathan Blount- prize contact info sent Jan 16
26th- USAG Yongsan Japan- Aaron Byers- mailed Jan 30
28th- Chinhae Naval Forces Japan- Scott Bryson- prize contact info sent Jan 29
30th- Yokosuka Japan- Brandon DaCosta & Valentina Collas- prize contact info sent Jan 31

FEBRUARY 2015
3- NAF Atsugi, Japan- Jerry Gramling- prize contact info sent Feb 5

APRIL 2015
1- NAVSTA Norfolk – Norman Kristy and Diana Stacy- prize contact info sent Apr 2
7- JB Lewis-McChord- Bradley Wagner and Katherine Dunten- prize contact info sent Apr 8

Congratulations from The HAPPY HOUR Comedy with a Message staff!

Contact  Melissa@Comedyisthecure.com  to claim your softback copies of I KILLED !

Joint Base Lewis McChord-Carey Theater was EPIC today!

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Thank you Joint Base Lewis McChord!!  What an outstanding crowd you were this afternoon. Over 700 soldiers and airmen packed the Carey Theater and I appreciate you all attending, even if you HAD TO BE THERE;)  Judging from your response and laughter, you enjoyed being there as much as I did! I’ve made notes of the jokes that didn’t work, but your standing ovation and grace did.  It will be an impression that lasts in my mind for a lifetime. Thank you to MSGt Brooks and Lt Col Johnson for bringing me here and being such wonderful hosts. Hopefully I was able to deliver a very important message in a different format that will resonate and bring change.  Thank you! 

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Above: A pic from the JBLM air expo, a JBLM patch and me on my special brother Sean ;) Lt Col Johnson. Sgt Major Norman, Sgt Major Murphy and  MSgt Brooks pre show. Photos of the soldiers and airmen filling the theater before the program. Me on stage and Standing Ovation after the program, thank you to Steven Petersen for those wonderful 2 photos!! Departing Seattle (photo from plane).

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NAVSTA Norfolk- Thank you for the love today!

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It was so awesome to be back here today at Naval Station Norfolk!!   I am always humbled at the sheer magnitude of this place.  Thank you to the 700-800 sailors, civilians and commanders who attended the program this morning in Devary Hall.   I hope you had a few laughs and let the message sink in!  And, most importantly, thank you for your service.  You are the people who make our freedom a reality.   

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I would personally like to thank the gas station owner who raised his prices after seeing me pull in!!

Above: Photos from today’s programs!  All photos courtesy of MC2 Ian Carver.

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Show Raffle Winners_ “I Killed” True Road Stories from America’s Top Comics Featuring Bernie McGrenahan

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Raffle Winners only.  Do not leave a comment on this post.  Leave a comment on the POST matching your Base!

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The following show attendees were randomly picked to receive a copy of I KILLED:True Road Stories of America’s Top Comedians!

JANUARY 2015
15- Joint Base Charleston-Gary Grove and Jonathan Blount- prize contact info sent Jan 16
26th- USAG Yongsan Japan- Aaron Byers- mailed Jan 30
28th- Chinhae Naval Forces Japan- Scott Bryson- prize contact info sent Jan 29
30th- Yokosuka Japan- Brandon DaCosta & Valentina Collas- prize contact info sent Jan 31

FEBRUARY 2015
3- NAF Atsugi, Japan- Jerry Gramling- prize contact info sent Feb 5

Congratulations from The HAPPY HOUR Comedy with a Message staff!

Contact  Melissa@Comedyisthecure.com  to claim your softback copies of I KILLED !

NAF Atsugi- Cinema 77 on Feb 3 @ 0800 & 1000

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It’s awesome to be back here at the largest United States Navy air base in the Pacific Ocean: Naval Air Facility Atsugi.  Part of their mission is to provide logistic support, coordination and services to units assigned to the Western Pacific.  Thank you for your service and for hosting my Happy Hour Tour.   Please come say hello and have some post – Super Bowl laughs! I will be at Cinema 77 on Feb 3 at 0800 and 1000 hrs.   

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Above: NAF Atsugi, Me and my brother Sean, Me on stage!

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Show Raffle Winners- “I Killed”- True Road Stories from America’s Top Comics featuring Bernie McGrenahan

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Raffle Winners only.  Do not leave a comment on this post.  Leave a comment on the POST matching your Base!

I Killed True Road Stories from Americas Top Comedians Pensacola4

The following show attendees were randomly picked to receive a copy of I KILLED:True Road Stories of America’s Top Comedians!

JANUARY 2015
15- Joint Base Charleston-Gary Grove and Jonathan Blount- prize contact info sent Jan 16
26th- USAG Yongsan Japan- Aaron Byers- mailed Jan 30
28th- Chinhae Naval Forces Japan- Scott Bryson- prize contact info sent Jan 29
30th- Yokosuka Japan- Brandon DaCosta & Valentina Collas- prize contact info sent Jan 31

Congratulations from The HAPPY HOUR Comedy with a Message staff!

Contact  Melissa@Comedyisthecure.com  to claim your softback copies of I KILLED !

COMFLEACT Yokosuka- The Fleet Theater was Rocking Friday!

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   This is my first trip to Japan for 2015 and am happy to kick things off at the largest and most strategically important U.S. naval installation in the western Pacific: COMFLEACT Yokosuka.  It’s mission is to maintain and operate base facilities for the logistic, recreational, administrative support and service of the U.S. Naval Forces Japan.  Thank you for service and for inviting me back here to deliver a very important message along with some laughs.  I will be at the Fleet Theater 0800 & 1000 on Friday Jan 30.  See you there!

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Above: NRT Airport, Pics from the theater, COMFLEACT Yokosuka.  My special brother Sean. Me on stage doing what I love!

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COMFLEACT Chinhae- FFTC @ 0800 on Jan 28

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 It is an honor to be invited here to deliver my Happy Hour Program in Chinhae, the second and final stop of my time here in Korea.  COMFLEACT Chinhae’s mission statement is “To provide service and operational support to the fleet and strengthen the US-ROK alliance”.  Thank you for hosting my Happy Hour Tour.  More importantly, thank you for your service to our country.  I will be at the Fleet and Family Town Center on Wed Jan 28 at 0800.   I hope to see you there!

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Above: COMFLEACT Chinhae, train to Masan, Fleet & Family Town Center (inside and out), Me and CMDR Weatherford and CMC Robinson 

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USAG Yongsan- Base Theater Jan 26 0800 & 1000

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I am honored and excited to be here in Seoul, Korea to entertain the sailors at USAG Yongsan.  Yongsan Garrison is located in the Yongsan District of Seoul, South Korea in an area which serves as the headquarters for the U.S. military presence in South Korea, known as United States Forces Korea.   Thank you for your service and dedication to our country. Without you, our freedom isn’t possible. Come say hello and laugh!  I will be at the base theater on Jan 26 at 0800 and 1000 hours. 

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Above photos courtesy of MC1 Frank Andrews

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Above: a pic from the training!, me and my special brother Sean out exercising, USAG Yongsan, me doing what I love.

Seoul based Sailors embrace resiliency programs during readiness summit

By MC1 (SW/AW) Frank Andrews, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs

SEOUL, Republic of Korea (January 27, 2015) – Seoul based Sailors participated in a Personal Readiness Summit held at the base theater and the Dragon Hill Lodge at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Jan. 26-27.

The training seminars covered a variety of Sailor resiliency topics ranging from physical readiness, stress management, sexual assault prevention and response (SAPR), drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide awareness, to the leader’s role in creating a healthy command climate.  

Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, provided opening remarks for the summit and stressed the importance of involvement at all levels of command leadership.

“Participation and support for resiliency programs must come from all levels of the chain-of-command,” said Franchetti. “It’s very important that we have input from both our Senior and Junior Sailors, so that we understand each other’s unique perspectives in these important areas, and we can help our Sailors and their families not just survive, but thrive.” 

The summit began with remarks from stand-up comedian, Bernie McGrenahan, who gave a personal testimony of his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse and the loss of his brother due to a suicide. 

 “I use stand-up comedy to develop a relationship with the audience,” said Bernie McGrenahan. “Then I segue into some of my personal experiences growing up with alcohol and partying, some of the trouble I got into, and the road it took me down.”

“Every Sailor, Every Day” is this year’s summit theme, which focuses on peer connections and personal responsibility.  The training reinforces the ongoing Sailor resiliency approach of encouraging members of the Navy community to reach out to each other and take meaningful actions to promote cohesion, build trust, and help fellow shipmates thrive in the face of adversity.

“The training we did today was different from the norm,” said Navy Counselor 1st  Class Michael Knight. “It kept us focused on the issues and topics because Bernie McGrenahan gave his personal life examples with alcohol abuse and how it affected him and his family members.”

Sailors also heard from various program managers and facilitators of resiliency programs from the OPNAV and U.S. Pacific Fleet staffs.  The summit’s interactive training format enables leaders at all levels, from senior officers to junior enlisted members, to share best practices, lessons learned, and to ask questions about resiliency programs and the development of future initiatives.

“I think it’s great to have these Navy facilitators out here in Korea to talk with us face-to-face,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Kyle Graves. “It’s been good to ask them tough questions in an open forum like this one. They heard our stories and received our input about the current policies and we learned more about how to utilize these programs to take care of our shipmates.”

The Navy facilitators for the Personal Readiness Summit will continue their outreach to Korea based Sailors Jan 29-30 at Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae where they will meet with more than 150 Sailors assigned to the installation and associated tenant commands.

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