Commanders Approval Letters

NAS Jacksonville, FL

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NAVY

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

Naval Air Station Jacksonville

Commanding Officer

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan,

I cannot thank you enough for your steadfast determination in making the U.S. Fleet Forces Sexual Assault Prevention, Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training Workshops held on 15-16 June 2015 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida a resounding success! The Comedy is the Cure – Happy Hour presentation was a resounding success with our young Sailors and your willingness to share your own personal story truly resonated with the audience. Again, thank you so much for all that you do to educate our Military and Civilian personnel.

Sincerely,

H. WANAMAKER
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer

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NAVY

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

Naval Air Station Kingsville

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan,

On behalf of Naval Air Station Kingsville, I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to you for being our guest speaker at the “Happy Hour” Training held on June 12, 2014, It was very enjoyable to hear your stories. We heard only positive comments on your presentation. I am sure I speak for all of the Kingsville community when I say, “We are very proud of you and your accomplishments.” Thank you for your outstanding performance.

 

C.C. MISNER

Captain, U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer

Langley AFB, VA

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AIR FORCE

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

Langley Air Force Base
Air Combat Command

Bernie,

Please accept my deepest gratitude and heartfelt respect for doing what few can accomplish. You have engaged your talents and experiences to transform a very difficult set of subjects … personal risk management, alcohol awareness, the wingman concept, and suicide prevention … into an engaging, entertaining, yet riveting, presentation. Our Joint Base Langley-Eustis audience loved it. Our command’s wing chiefs of safety, who watched your show as part of our Air Combat Command Safety Conference, will return to their wings armed with yet another tool for their mishap prevention programs. Thanks again, Bernie. You’re a hilarious performer, with a gripping message. I wish you all the best as you continue to spread this important message. You’re saving lives, and I can’t think of a better gift to our service men and women. Thank you for caring about our Airmen! Well done!

Best wishes,
Bill

Lt Gen William J. Rew
Vice Commander, Air Combat Command
Langley AFB, VA

 

Parris Island, South Carolina

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MARINE CORPS

 

Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, SC 29 April 2010

 

Dear Bernie,

I want to thank you for the powerful message which you delivered here at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on 27 April. Your inspirational message to the Marines and Sailors was effective and scored a bull’s eye in relation to the issues surrounding sexual assault and irresponsible drinking. Your willingness to share your personal life’s history makes it all the more meaningful.

I have received nothing but positive comments about the show. It touched our personnel and will go a long way in helping them make better choices.

 

Sincerely,

F.M. Padilla

Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps

Commanding General

Marine Corps Recruit Depot/ Eastern Recruiting Region

 

NAS Pensacola, FL

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NAVY

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan:

On behalf of the Sailors and civilians of Naval Air Station Pensacola, I want to thank you for your inspirational Happy Hour performance.

Your message was balanced with humor and personalexperiences which captured the attention of all those in attendance.

I wish you continued good fortune and look forward to seeing you in the future. Once again, thank you for sharing this powerful message with us.

 

C.W. Plummer

Captain U.S. Navy

 

Sub Base New London

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NAVY

 

Commander Submarine Group Two

Submarine Base New London

5 July 2011

 

Dear Mr. McGrenaghan,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with the Sailors and civilians of Submarine Base New London on 8 June 2011. Your performance was well received by all who attended.

I have confidence your show impacted the lives of not only the audience, but also the lives of their family and friends. Your “Comedy Is The Cure” program delivers a positive and thought provoking message regarding the effects and dangers of alcohol use.

Thanks again. We’re looking forward to seeing you next year.

Warm Regards,

M.E. McLaughlin

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Annapolis, Maryland

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NAVY

 

THE FINEST SERVICE TO THE FINEST FLEET

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

OFFICE OF THE COMMANDANT OF MIDSHIPMEN

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

101 BUCHANAN ROAD

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND 21402-5101 March 25 2011

 

I want to thank: you for your contribution to the training and development of the Naval Academy’s Brigade of Midshipmen. Your presentation on the realities of alcohol abuse was an exceptional and moving addition to our alcohol and drug education efforts.

 

All The Best,

R.E. Clark II

Captain, U.S. Navy

Commandant of Midshipmen

 

Mayport, Florida

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NAVY

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

NAVAL STATION MAYPORT

1063 USS TENNESSEE AVENUE

Mayport, FL 32228-0024 May 03 2011

 

Bernie,

I just wanted to thank you again on behalf of CAPT Doug Cochrane, CDR Pat Pickard and the entire team here in Mayport.  Your message was heartfelt and I believe had a very positive impact on our Sailors and Navy civilians.

While you haven’t worn the cloth of our Nation you serve her none the less- it takes guts to share your story and allow us to learn from your experiences.

You are a hell of a funny and talented comedian and a great American!

Respectfully,

Dave Anderson

CMDCM(SW/AW) David L. Anderson

Sailor and Command Master Chief

Naval Station Mayport

PO Box 280112

Jacksonville, FL 32228-0112

Kings Bay, Georgia

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NAVY

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE

1063 USS TENNESSEE AVENUE

KINGS BAY, GEORGIA 31547-2606 MAY 26 2009

 

Dear Bernie:

Your recent Happy Hour presentation was outstanding! The inspirational message of Alcohol, Drug & Sexual Assault Awareness has left a lasting impression with the military and civilian employees on board SUBASE Kings Bay.

How your comedy transitioned into the sincerity of the tragedies you’ve experienced was very effective. Your message is being relayed to those who could not attend.

Thank you for sharing your journey and the success of being alcohol free for 21 years. Your testimony will serve as motivation to others to make better choices, We appreciate you letting us know, through your special training technique, that comedy is definitely the cure!

We wish you continued good fortune and hopefully look forward to seeing you in the future.

 

Sincerely,

W. E. STEVENS

Captain, U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer

 

Cherry Point, North Carolina

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NAVY

 

COMMANDING OFFICER

NAVAL HEALTH CLINIC

CHERRY POINT, NORTH CAROLINA 28533-0023 JUNE 30 2010

 

Dear Bernie,

It gives me great pleasure to convey my sincere appreciation and grattitude for the “Happy Hour” Alcohol, Drug and Suicide Prevention Program that you presented on the 17th and 18th of June here at the Station Theater.  Your wonderful comedic performance and heartfelt eye opening personal experiences helped to relay to our Sailors and Marines the dangers and risks of using Alcohol and drugs.  We appreciate you sharing these experiences so that others may learn.

On behalf of the Sailors and Marines of MCAS Cherry Point, thank you for a job extremely “WELL DONE.”

Sincerely,

Capt E. Perez-Lugo

Commanding Officer

Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point