Ft Rucker- Post Theater at 0800 and 1000 hrs on Sept 10 & 11

Hello FORT RUCKER!!  Bernie is here!!!! Fort Rucker is a US Army post named after  a Civil War officer, Confederate General Edmond Rucker. The post is the primary flight training base for Army Aviation and is home to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the US Army Aviation Museum.   I want to thank you all for your service to our country.  You are why our freedom is possible. Thank you for hosting my “Happy Hour” tour.   I will be at the Post Theater on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept 10 and 11 at 0800 and 1000 hours.  Please come by and say hello and share in some laughter.  See you there!

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Above: photos of Ft Rucker. 

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 Above: pictures from today’s programs!!  

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Posted on by Bernie McGrenaghan in News

109 Responses to Ft Rucker- Post Theater at 0800 and 1000 hrs on Sept 10 & 11

  1. George Wade

    I attended your show this morning. It was funny! I appreciate the touching story about your family tragedies and joys.

  2. Chuck Dennis

    Best show ever

  3. Jim Carroll

    I attended your show at Ft. Rucker. It was truly amazing. Enjoyed it! Thank you for the laughs!

  4. Donald McHugh

    Outstanding training! Your personal experiences are motivational, inspiring, and great lessons. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Mark Langenkamp

    Bernie, I enjoyed the show and appreciate your willingness to share your story. Thank you for your unique service to our country!

  6. Heather M. Guidry

    Best “classroom” training I’ve ever had in my military career! Not only did you make us laugh, but you made a point too. Thank you for coming by and sharing your story and a few laughs with us.

  7. Joe L. Myles

    Bernie you are hilarious. This is the best mandatory training I’ve ever attended! Thanks for sharing your story!

  8. Erik

    Bernie, first time in 27yrs of military service that I didn’t leave mandatory training, early, apathetic, and disgruntled!
    Great show!

  9. Brett Feinstein

    Good Show, this was only my 2nd Army training but my co-worker said it was the least painful Amry training he has attended (& he is a retired Army guy)!

  10. Richard Tolbert

    What a fantastic show! Thank you so much Bernie for the laughs and the love. What a wonderful, emotionally charged event. You are a true gift Bernie. Thank God for you. Thanks again for everything.

  11. Tim Bennett

    Great show and great training! Great way to address a problem with a sense of humor, yet still hit home. Thanks for what you are doing for our service members and our civilians.

  12. Ron Peaster

    I thoroughly enjoyed your show and the message. I’m glad the Army, and Fort Rucker particularly, have started to use unique and entertaining ways to deliver training and get important messages across. I hope to see more of your shows in the future. Thanks for your service to the military community!

  13. Chris miller

    Nice show.

  14. Ricky Hicks

    Great show!

  15. Lani Yearicks

    I loved your show this morning!! It was some of the best “training” I’ve had in my 15 years in the Army! Thank you for sharing your personal story with us.

  16. Mike Wynar

    That was the best mandatory training ever!

  17. Mark

    GREAT Show!

  18. Chuck

    Really enjoyed your show, thanks for your service.

  19. Janice Oswald

    I was so dreading training this morning. This is the first time I have ever thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I could go back again tomorrow. You don’t know how badly I needed this today. Thank you for what you do and the message! Fantastic show!

  20. Marilyn Jackson

    Hey Bernie…I took your pic by the door. Thank you for sharing your story. We at Fort Rucker appreciate you! Safe travels home and I hope to see you again next year. Prayers for you and your family.

  21. Shirley Deese

    Bernie, I was so shocked!!! I was expecting the normal mandatory training. You went above and beyond. To hear the emotion on your voice was wonderful. I am a family member of a special person, so I loved hearing about your brother. Thank you. I would love to see more of your shows.

  22. James Baker

    Great session this morning, Mr. McGrenahan! After 28 years associated with the U.S. Army, this was definitively the best “mandatory fun” I’ve experienced, & some darn good training to boot! Thanks for opening up to us, making us laugh, and making us think about some very sensitive topics. Good luck & God bless!

  23. Michael Enman

    Bernie, You Killed it this morning!!!!! Great Show thanks for all of the stories and life lessons.

  24. Gabriela Otero

    Your show was awesome! So glad the army is taking the initiative in changing their “death by power point” mandatory trainings. Thanks for all you do.

  25. Mike Collins

    Thanks for bringing your life to our training. And a big ‘Hello’ to your brother from the home of Army Aviation, safe travels.

  26. Lazaro Villarreal

    Bernie!! Bernie!! (Whispers) Bernie.. Saw your show this morning and it was very inspiring and appreciated your story and all its life lessons. Thank you for sharing them, have a great day.

  27. Robin Williams

    Bernie great show, a great way to spin from PowerPoint to learn through laughter!

  28. Rick Karle

    Fantastic Show / Class … Best I have had in my 40+ Years of federal service …. TY for sharing your experiences in life …. object lessons are much better learned when they come from one that has experienced them … TYSVM Bernie.

  29. Brett

    Great Show

  30. Jose E. Robles

    Finally the ARMY got it right, and had an outstanding mandatory class. But it couldn’t have been done without Bernie. Thank you for the laughs and for sharing your experiences in life. Outstanding job. Thank you!!!!!!!

  31. Lisa Roskam

    I attended your show at Fort Rucker this morning, fantastic! I appreciate your story and the life lessons within, I can relate in so many ways. Thank you for touching all of us with your comedy!

  32. Pete Presley

    Thanks for the great training.

  33. David San Miguel

    Wow! What a novel way of presenting such a serious topic such as suicide and substance abuse. I will remember this presentation for sure. I’ve never been so moved by such a performance. Thanks and best wishes!

  34. Nathan Espey

    Outstanding show this morning!

  35. Jason Bradley

    For a free mandatory training event that most was probably pissed off for having it interupt our morning tasks and got into some of our facebooking time, you totaly rocked it (aka killed it) thanks for the show. God Bless. Keep sharing the great times.

  36. Tim Hadley

    Awesome “Mandatory Training!”

  37. Jay

    Great presentation today on such a sensitive subject. Thanks for sharing some of your life with us.

    God Bless,


  38. Paul Gomez

    Awesome show this morning. Really enjoyed it.

  39. Lynn

    Your wit and your story touched my heart more than you’ll ever know. Thank you so much for what you do. My very best wishes to you and your family.

  40. Lynn Aley Howe

    Great show. At beginning I was thinking okay where is this going but when your show got personal you caught my attention. I have a disabled son and could definitely relate 🙂

  41. Lou Venuti

    Bernie – You Killed!

  42. Rick Heath

    Thank you for sharing your story…next time I have a cough, I’m gonna take exlax! God Bless you and your family. You changed lives today!

  43. Mariel Remigio

    I really enjoyed your show. Great jokes and great story.

  44. James

    Excellent training. My wife and I both attended sessions this morning, and thought the act was funny, heartfelt, and relevant.

  45. SGT Garrett, Joshua

    Hey Bernie, was at your 1000 show this morning, got to say I really did enjoy it. your approach to getting the message to your audience was rather refreshing to say the least.
    Best of luck to you in your shows, I look forward to seeing it again sometime. Tell your brother he’s a lucky man to have the new you and to remember to pack more than a PS3 and set of underwear for the weekend.

    SGT Garrett, Joshua

  46. Celeste Morse

    Bernie, enjoyed the show/training this morning. Thanks for sharing. Have fun with your brother this weekend. I wish you and your family all the best for the future!

  47. Debra Anglin

    I attended your 1000 training and I must admit that I went in expecting “Death by PowerPoint” as usual. However, I found your presentation refreshing and touching all at once. Thank you for sharing your life experiences with Fort Rucker.

  48. Allan Caro

    Great show, wish you luck!

  49. Ernie Perelez

    !! WOW !! What a refreshing approach to training. 1st time I’ve enjoyed attending mandatory training in almost 40 yrs of federal service. Awesome, take care and God Bless……by the way I’m seriously thinking about suing my Mom 🙂

  50. Brian Johnson

    You killed it! Awesome show. Thanks!

  51. Sean Hannes

    Great show and a lot of Soldiers can, do and will relate with your message! Thank you for being such a staunch supporter of the great men and women who wear the uniform and support us!

  52. Brandon Parnell

    Outstanding show. I had the privilege of seeing your show today, and it was not what I expected. I want to thank you for sharing your personal experiences. I know that it is hard to go through that.

    This training brought it to our level and made it interesting. I heard soldiers talking about the show at 1700 today and you could tell that it stuck with them. Keep it up, and I thank you for the service that you have provided to us today (10 September)

  53. Marc Wong

    Thanks for the great show. Your personal experiences were some of the most relevant “mandatory training” I’ve ever received. Thank you for sharing and Godspeed to a fellow New Yorker.

  54. Elaine Tice

    I really appreciated you sharing your story in such a wonderful way. Thank you for making this the best mandatory training I’ve received in my 35+ years of working for the government.

  55. samantha smith

    Thank you great show

  56. Lisa

    Great presentation. God Bless you and your family. Thanks for sharing it with the Army Family.

  57. Ian Kessel

    Amazing show and message… by far the best training and entertainment i have received in the Army

  58. Robert Negron

    Awsome show, right balance of humor and heart tugging truth to bring your message across. Most thought provoking message I’ve heard in a while.

  59. Kristopher Christl

    it was more than training, it was an experience.

  60. Rob Chenard

    Hands down the best training format I have ever been “required” to attend!

  61. James Calhoun

    Attended your show today Fort Rucker very good show. Keep doing what you do.

  62. Joseph Gill

    Great show and riveting stories: thank you for sharing. Often when an actor performs you cannot own the story, but in this case the delivery and grace will plant those images in the mind.

  63. Brad Nelson

    Great show. Great training. Thank you for sharing your stories to help educate our soldiers and families.

  64. Patty Myles

    Bernie, You Killed It! Very powerful and inspiring. The BEST mandatory training ever! Thank you!

  65. Alexandra Rogers

    That was the best training!!! I enjoyed the comedy part but also the personal story you shared! Thank you!

  66. Jeff Runion

    Great job today! By far the best one we have had yet!

  67. Cecilia Woodham

    Great message that you delivered today!

  68. Ken Mathis Jr.

    Bernie what an awesome performance! Powerful, entertaining, and meaningful message, that was genuine through and through. Thank you for sharing your personal tragedies and triumphs. Best wishes to you and your family. . .God Bless.

  69. Raquel Alvarez

    You were great today! 😀

  70. Henry MackDaddy Rowe

    I laughed so hard I cried!! And then I cried for real!! What a moving and touching story.

  71. Roy Templin

    Absolutely the very best MANDATORY training on suicide awareness and alcohol/drug abuse. Your program is insightful, meaningful, and leaves a lasting impression. Thanks for caring enough to share your story with us. Hope the Army brings you back next year….you definitely killed us.

  72. Mike Morales

    Really enjoyed your show this morning. You started by making me laugh then to tears and back to laughter. Awsesome! There should be more training done in this manner. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless.


  73. Blake

    Great show! Thanks for making mandatory training enjoyable. I’ll be looking out for your act on TV.

  74. Rose McGhee

    Bernie, I just attended your show on Fort Rucker, and it was one of the best training events that I have attended in 20 years of Service. Thank you for sharing such a poignant story with us. Now this is how you capture a Soldier’s attention to a subject!

  75. James W. Miller

    I saw your show here at Ft Rucker. Sir, I laughed and then shed tears for your loss and then laughed again. Your show was very moving and you are a true professional.

  76. Kelly

    Thanks for being real–the combo of laughs, family love and hard life lessons made an important message unforgetable. We need more of this! God bless!

  77. Damian Wiles

    Outfreakinstanding show brother!!! Way to shift the paradigm in how we approach this very real epidemic that plagues our friends and families daily. Very insightful and heartfelt, may God continue to give you the strength and tenacity it takes to do what you love.

    Keep up the good work and all the best to you and your lovely family.

    Strength & Honor

  78. Jim Steddum

    Really enjoyed the show. Powerful story complimented some really funny comedy.

  79. Robert Overton

    We finally got one right. Joy and pain are constant in military life and your very personal reflection of loss and revival is easy for us to understand. Your ability to deliver it with such a range of emotion kept everyone focused and your message was clear. Sorry for your losses, happy for your gains; thank you for sharing your story.


    Great show today. That was the best mandatory training session I have been required to attend. I was moved on several occasions when you told your story. Great job of 25 years of sobriety. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you very much.

  81. Carmen

    You are AMAZING. Today I learned a lot from your experiences. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. The best mandatory training ever. THANK YOU!!!!!

  82. Ed

    Wow . . . what an experience! I didn’t expect the impact to be so strong. Thanks for caring Bernie. You make a difference!

  83. Bo

    Great show at Ft Rucker this morning.

  84. Faye Greenwood

    Your show was awsome! was at the 0800 show on 10 Sept @ Fort Rucker. Thanks for all you do!

  85. Marty Maust

    I have to say your show was the best ASAP/Suicide training I’ve been subjected to in the last 17 years. Look forward to the next one.

  86. José Mimoso

    What a show! You have one heck of a story to tell the world. What most I took out of it is that there can be LIFE, Hope, and Happiness after horrible tragedies! It is a choice. Keep it up!

  87. Keith Wilbur

    Your show today at the Ft Rucker theater was funny, serious, touching, and meaningful. I too lost a Sister to alcohol and “suspected” suicide (single vehicle auto accident) in 1995. It took great courage for you to share this with the audience and I am not sure that I could have done the same thing. As a retired Soldier and now a DoD Civilian, I want to thank you for all you do for the Soldiers, Family members and Civilians in the DoD. I wish you continued success in all your endeavors. Stay “Army Strong!”

  88. Jennifer French

    Fantastic “training” Thanks for making a difference in this world. Hope to see you next year!

  89. Anonymous

    I SO enjoyed your show. I both cried tears of laughter and tears of sorrow. Then back to tears of laughter. Thank you so much for sharing both your gift of laughter and of your personal life. I wish for two things: 1) That your brother Shawn & your mother could attend one of your presentations; and 2) That Scott could see you know. Hope to see you again!

  90. Sherie

    Sorry, I forgot to include my name! 🙂

    I SO enjoyed your show. I both cried tears of laughter and tears of sorrow. Then back to tears of laughter. Thank you so much for sharing both your gift of laughter and of your personal life. I wish for two things: 1) That your brother Shawn & your mother could attend one of your presentations; and 2) That Scott could see you know. Hope to see you again!

  91. Debbie Parks

    Thank you Bernie, for sharing your own personal story through humor. This was by far the best “mandatory/voluntold” training I’ve ever received. Keep up the good work!

  92. Joe Rania

    Great show traing event kept the audience’s attention way better than PowerPoint. Truly kept everyone entertained and listening looking forward to the next training event.

  93. beau beck

    Great Show!

  94. Jose Graulau

    Bernie, I did not liked when you said: “You had not done anything in your life, during your younger years”, “You Did” you shared your life stories with us at Fort Rucker, maybe you saved a life today. Thanks for your time. Great Show!

  95. Debra Brandon

    Hello Bernie! Thanks for a great show. At one point, I laugh so hard I thought I was going to pee..than came the tears. You have an amazing story.

    Sending butterflies to Scott, High Fives to Sean and hugs to your mom. You have made them proud.

    Thanks for sharing.

  96. Suzanne Vaughan


    I, like most people today, dreaded yet another mandatory training event. It was one of the best – if not THE best – I have ever attended. You put a great twist to a difficult subject. Thank you for sharing your story. Thanks also for your supportative words to the soldiers at Ft. Rucker. Hope to see you again next year!

  97. Robert

    Great show and lessons learned! It made you appreciate what you have, that we are very blessed!

  98. TW

    Great Show!!!

  99. Christopher Caraway

    Absolutely a great show! You turned mandatory training into fun.

  100. Chuck

    Great show!! I enjoyed it!!

    • Chuck


  101. Jerry Lewis

    Great Show this morning (9/11 0800CST). Thanks for sharing. I’d love to read the book you mentioned!

  102. Amber Loeffelholz

    You were great! Definitely grabbed my attention. So happy to hear you doing this for the Soldiers. Thank you for sharing your touching story.

  103. Stephanie Wahler

    It was a great show! Thank you for sharing your experiences. I think it helped soldiers pay closer attention by the way you presented the information. Thank you for your time and coming out.

  104. Scott

    Bernie, you have a true calling/gift and I’m grateful to have attended…shared this morning’s adventure with a friend of mine who served in the past and is a recovering alcoholic; thank you.

  105. Traci Dunlap

    Thanks for an excellent show!!

  106. Christopher Delancey

    Awsome show this morning! Glad to hear of your families perseverance and your struggles to be a better big brother. Thanks for what you do.

  107. William Singer

    Way better than powerpoint – thanks for your insight, keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  108. Vladimir Kultschizky

    Bernie that was a heck of a mandatory training we attended today, Excellent Job!!

    You had a great intro, hook then laid out your story that was very touching

    Great job and hope to see you back again, After you have your time with Sean and Mom of course 🙂

    Be safe and I look forward to reading the book