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Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

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ARMY

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

US Army Installation Management Command

286 Sanger Avenue

Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

October 19, 2009

 

Office of the Commander

 

Dear Bernie,

On behalf of the entire Fort Monmouth community, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for your performance. Your great balance of comedy and reality spotlighting alcohol and drug awareness really hit home with our folks. Caring for the safety and welfare of our nation’s greatest, our young men and women of the military, make your special niche in the comedy profession a service above and beyond the call of duty.

Thanks for sharing your insight and experiences. Your testimony will serve as motivation to others to make better choices.

 

Stephen M. Christian

Colonel, U.S. Army

Commanding

Fort Polk, Louisiana

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ARMY

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

Headquarters, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk

 

 

Dear Bernie,

On behalf of the soldiers and Families of Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk we would like to soundly thank you for bringing your message to Fort Polk, Louisiana. your message still resounds within the Soldiers and Family members that were impacted by your words. Our alcohol incidents have gone down since your visit. While I can’t unequivocally say it was all to do to your message, I do know that your message was a major part in the process. As I go about my daily business I still have Soldiers coming up to me and saying “Best training that I ever had during my Army career”. Your wit and humor coupled with your sincerity brought home a serous message that we have been trying to get across to our Soldiers. Your message reached our Soldiers in choosing to become personally responsible for themselves and their Battle Buddies.

Once again, many, many thanks for the message to our Soldiers and Families of Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk.

 

Sincerely,

Thomas Gilliard,

Alcohol Drug Control Officer

Army Substance Abuse Program

For Polk, LA

61st Air Base Wing, California

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DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

61st Air Base Wing

Los Angeles AFB, CA

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan,

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your inspiring visit to Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the 61″ Air Base Wing. Your presentation to our military and civilian community accomplished what has sometimes been an intangible goal for the commanders and our safety office. While very entertaining on the surface, your message of personal responsibility, coupled with the wingman mindset and the consequences of runaway alcohol use connected with our men and women. That “connection” was intensely evident as our military and civilians, young and old, shared anecdotes of personal experience with you immediately after the show. My goal for this unique event was to develop an atmosphere for commanders and supervisors to facilitate our military and civilian’s self-promotion of the Wingman philosophy. Your message was right on target as that dialogue continued at venues throughout the base. Truly inspiring!

Again, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude and pass along a job well done. You are a “Master” at your craft and a “Patriot” in your cause. Thank you for making the safety and care of our nation’s greatest assets, our military and civilian personnel. It is obvious that you care deeply for their well being.

Sincerely 

SSgt Michael Evans
NCO IC Ground Safety, 61 st Air Base Wing
483 N. Aviation Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245

 

Fort Knox, Kentucky

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ARMY

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

United States Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox

1st Cavalry Regiment Road

Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121

May 19,2014

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan (Bernie):

I want to commend you for your four “HAPPY HOUR” prevention programs. You touched over 2,700 military and civilians with you personal testimony. The messages Fort Knox Soldiers and family members left on your website are a true testament that your program truly helps others· to make smart, safe decision. I wish you the best of luck to you in the future and keep up the great work!

Sincerely,

Peggy C. Combs

Brigadier General, U.S. Army

 

P.S. Thank you so very much for sharing your story- it touched all of us! Army Strong. HOOAH!

82d Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, TX

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AIR FORCE

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

82d Training Wing
419 G Avenue Suite 1
Sheppard Air Force Base Texas 76311-2941

 

Dear Mr. McGrenhan,

Welcome to Sheppard Air Force Base, home of the 82d Training and 80th Flying Training Wings. The men and women of”Team Sheppard” take great pride in providing the best the Air Education and Training Command has to offer. We are pleased to have you at Sheppard. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak at the Happy Hour Comedy Tour. Enjoy your stay!
-If there is anything I or my staff can do to make your visit better, please do not hesitate to let us know at 676-2121.

 

O.G.MANNON
Brigadier General, USAF
Commander 

 

Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL

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AIR FORCE

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

DIRECTOR OF SAFETY
AIR MOBILITY COMMAND
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, ILLINOIS 62225-5020

 

Dear Bernie,

On behalf of the men and women of the Air Mobility Command Safety Directorate, I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak at our safety conference. Your presentation provided an exceptionally powerful message on high risk behavior that will have a lasting and positive impact on our entire command. We hope you enjoyed meeting our Air Mobility Command safety professionals during the symposium. I am positive we will see you throughout our command in the near future and we thank you for passing on a very humorous, yet heartfelt message to our Airmen. Your briefing was a critical part of our conference and made it more meaningful, as well as enjoyable.
Thank you again for taking the time to speak at our conference.

Sincerely,

 

DONALD J. HALPIN
Colonel, USAF

 

Fort Greely, Alaska

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ARMY

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

US Army Installation Management Command

P.O. BOX 31269

FT Greely, Alaska 99731

July 18 2011

 

Dear Bernie,

On behalf of the Soldiers, DA Civilians and Families of Fort Greely would like to thank you for bringing your message here on January 26th 2011. At first at thought you may have been, a” Brick Short,” coming to the very interior of Alaska in the dead of winter is a serious matter. The temperatures here that time of year are 50 degrees below 0 and often drop to 70 below when the winds are blowing at 30 MPH.

After speaking with you on the phone, you explained that you were going to rent a car in Fairbanks and drive the 100 miles to Fort Greely; I quickly realized that you were completely unaware of the severity of Alaska winters. Because of the solid ice on the roads, I could onlyhope that you would be willing to fly on military aircraft. I was relieved when you told me that would not be a problem.

The day of your flight from Fort Wainwright to Fort Greely it was so cold that the UC35 Cargo plane had broken down and was replaced with a C23 Sherpa. You didn’t even flinch at the thought of traveling on such a rough bird.

Upon arrival you executed a flawless show with your important message done at the most important, and often deadliest time of the year. The turnout for you show was the best ever, not only because of your skilled delivery of such a difficult subject, but also of the severity of the Alaskan Winter with its long dark cold days.

Fort Greely is a remote Missile base located 100 miles South of Fairbanks. Most of the population is pretty much trapped here for the winter with little to do for 9 months of the year. Your, Comedy with a Twist, couldn’t have come at a better time. Once again, thank you!

 

Daniel J. Carnett

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program Manager

Army Substance Abuse Program Manager

Ft. Greely,  AK   99731

NAS Jacksonville, FL

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NAVY

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

NAVAL STATION MAYPORT

1063 USS TENNESSEE AVENUE

Mayport, FL 32228-0024 May 03 2011

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan:

Your strong commitment to honor the men and. women who serve this great nation was clearly evident on July 12, 2011. The Sailors from NAS Jacksonville greatly appreciated your outstanding Alcohol, Drug & Suicide Prevention presentation. Your innovative approach to discussing this very important subject was enjoyed by all in attendance and surely made a tremendous impact. Thank you for your support and dedication!

 

J. D. MACLA
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Vance AFB

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AIR FORCE



DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

Vance Air Force Base 

 

Dear Bernie,

I just wanted you to know that your “Comedy is the Cure” presentation on alcohol and high risk behaviors, especially sexual assault, has received nothing but praise from our personnel, from airmen to leadership. You have a unique ability to pair comedy and tragic life events seamlessly and keep the audience totally engaged. After your presentation, I was stopped a number of times on base by folks wanting us to know how great your presentation was and hoping that we’d have you return. I have received more positive feedback on “Comedy is the Cure” than on any other training we’ve presented in my four years this position. It says a lot about your ability to capture an audience when “mandatory” training is bragged on so highly by attendees.

If anyone would like to contact me about your training, I can be reached at DSN 448-5598.

 

Sincerely,

Sheryl McMullen

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator