Commanders Approval Letters

Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi

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AIR FORCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

COLUMBUS AFB, MS

 

Bernie,

Thank you for your “Happy Hour” ispirational message. You ahve touched our hearts throgh your God-given talent as a a comedian.

May God send you good fortune, contentment and peace, And may all of your blessings forever increase.

Again, thank you. It was a pleasure to meet you and make you our friend.

God bless you,

Toni Holcomb

SARC

Columbus AFB, MS

Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

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AIR FORCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan

I want to thank you for the tremendous message you sent out to the 45th Space Wing personnel at Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Your willingness to share your personal life story hits home in a way that a normal safety briefing cannot achieve. It was extemely effective and the feedback since you left has been nothing but positive.

I am confident that your presentation will go a long way in helping people think before they get behind a wheel after drinking. Your program will help save lives.

 

Sincerely,

Edward L. Bolton, Jr.

Brigadier General, USAF

Commander, 45th Space Wing

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

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AIR FORCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

355TH FIGHTER WING (ACC)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE ARIZONA 4 OCT 2007

 

Dear Bernie,

Thanks very much for visiting the Desert Lightning Team of Davis Monthan AFB and bringing your Happy Hour message.  You were able to reach our Airmen with the message of personal responsibility and the dangers of alcoholism in a way many in leadership positions in the Air Force have been unable to do.  Your humor, sincerity and inspirational message touched and made a difference in the lives of our Airman; I have been told many times how your story was inspiring.

Again, many thanks for the positive impact you have made on the Airmen of Davis- Monthan, you are always welcome to come back for a visit. Thank you for serving those who serve!

Sincerely,

James E. Parkhill, Jr, CMSgt, USAF

Command Chief Master Sergeant

Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

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AIR FORCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

71st FLYING TRAINING WING

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE OKLAHOMA 6 NOV 2009

 

Dear Bernie,

I want to personally thank you for bringing your comedy program to Vance Air Force Base. Your comedy, coupled with your honest approach, touched the hearts of the audience. Your pesonal story detailing your own history of alcohol abuse was very moving and provided a very powerful message to our Airmen. Attendees were inspired to take a hard look in the mirror, look for the warning signs of alcohol abuse in their own lives, and seek out help. Your “comedy with a message” approach provided a much needed relief from the traditional presentations and received tremendous positive feedback from attendees. You are making a difference in the lives of military mambers that will have a positive effect as they go forward to defend our freedoms.

 

Sincerely,

Colonel Richard Murphy

Vice Wing Commander

Vance Air Force Base, OK

 

MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

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AIR FORCE

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

6th AIR Mobility Wing (AMC)

MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

Dear Bernie,

I would like to extend my personal thanks for your performances at MacDill AFB on April 28th and 29th. You can rest assured that your message hit home with nearly 1,800 Airmen who will ow pause and think twice brfore stepping behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after they have had a few drinks. You flawlessly blended comedy with an inspirational message–the perfect way to reach our young population. Thank you for being so willing to help our Airmen personally. You really make a difference. Once again, job well done and we look forward to hosting you again at MacDill AFB.

Sincerely

Col Lawrence M. Martin, Jr

Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing

8208 Hangar Loop Dr, Suite 1

MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5502

Keesler Air Force Base, Missouri

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AIR FORCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

81st Training Wing

Keesler Air Force Base, MS

 

Dear Mr. McGrenaghan,

On behalf of the 81st Training Wing, I would like to thank you for the outstanding presentation you delivered on 9 April 2010 here at Keesler AFB. Your message to over 1,700 Airmen displayed the perfect mix of comedy and seriousness that made this a powerful message for all on attendance.  All of the feedback we have received from your performances has been positive and appreciative.

Thank you for sharing your personal message with us. Your reminders to the Airmen that support is always available from ADAPT, Airmen Against Drunk Driving, mental health and ten Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office were very appropriate. We wish you continued good fortune and look forward to seeing you in the future.

Sincerely.

Ian R. Dickinson

Brigadier General, USAF

Commander, 81st Training Wing

Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

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AIR FORCE

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

HEADQUARTERS 375th AIR MOBILITY WING (AMC)

Scott AFB, IL 62225 May 25, 2011

 

Dear Bernie,

What a pleasure it was to have you come to Scott to speak to our Airmen! We have received extremely positive comments about your important message. We even had an Airman self-refer with a severe alcohol problem because of your story. He credited your message as a large reason why he came to the realization that he needed to make a change before it was too late. Your “life’s work” will undoubtedly influence all of our Airman here at Scott Air Force Base and provide them with useful tools for success. Your effort is making a difference to the Air Force and we are grateful. On behalf of the men and women at Scott we wish you all the best both in your speaking career and your inspiring message. Thanks for making the trip – we hope to have you back someday!

Colonel Michael J. Hornitschek

Commander 375th Air Mobility Wing

101 Heritage Drive, Suite 375

Scott AFB IL 62225

 

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

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 ARMY

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

BATTLE COMMAND TRAINING PROGRAM

711 MCCLELLAN AVE

FT LEAVENWORTH, KS 66048

 

Bernie,

I would like to take the chance to thank you personally for the powerful and inspirational performance that you gave during your visit here to Ft Leavenworth, Kansas. Your show the “Happy Hor Comedy Tour” was absolutely hands down and without a doubt the most humorously informative Army sponsored show I have ever had the privilege to attend. So many times as Soldiers we are ushered  into theaters and conference rooms for briefings covering Drug and Alcohol dependency that often times are nothing more than slide after slides of someone just trying to “check the box” for some mandatory Army training that almost never accomplished the intended goal of actually educating Soldiers on the dangers of Drugs and Alcohol. Because of this fact Soldiers many times come to these briefings unable to hear the planned message because the message is old and stale and it seems as though no one actually cares for them or the situation they may be experiencing. As I paused to look around the theater that you were giving your performance in I couldn’t help but notice that no one was playing with a cell phone, no was talking to a buddy and all eyes were on you. Your show was able to break down the stigma through comedy, personability and humility. The personal message that you shared with each and every one of us was loud and clear by all the Soldiers, Families and Civilians that attended alike. Again, from all the Soldiers here at Ft Leavenworth in the Battle Command Training Program, thank you so much for volunteering your personal time to share your incredibly touching story with all of us.

Sincerely,

1SG Kenneth Clayborn

First Sergeant

United Staes Army

San Antonio, Texas

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 ARMY

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

ARMY HEADQUARTERS SOUTH

SAN ANTONIO, TX 78234

 

Dear Bernie,

As an audience member and observer of your Substance Abuse Prevention Training, I can attest to the very powerful message your approach conveys. The service members and civilians in attendance were completely engaged. The entertainment aspect of the presentation aided in the awareness of the dangers of alcohol misuse and illegal substances, but did so in a humorous way and that not accusatory or confrontational. I am thoroughly impressed with your delivery and approach but most importantly with your genuine concern and interest for the well being of our troops.

It was a pleasure to coordinate this event and to provide our troops with a different approach to a familiar topic. In closing, I would like to again thank you for the memorable training provided at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and for your exemplary professionalism. You are one of a kind!

 

Sincerely,

Irma Vasquez

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

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 ARMY

 

UNITED STATES ARMY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND

HEADQUARTERS, UNITED STATES ARMY GARRISON, FORT MONMOUTH

286 SANGER AVENUE

FORT MONMOUTH, NEW JERSEY 07703-5101

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan:

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 experirnces. Your testimony will serve as motivation to others to make better choices.

Sincerely,

Stephen M. Christian

Colonel, U.S. Army

Commanding