Army Letters of Recommendation

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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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

Fort Knox, Kentucky

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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!

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

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

Garrison Schweinfurt

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 ARMY

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

UNITED STATES ARMY GARRISON SCHWEINFURT

UNIT 25850

APO AE 09033

 

 

Dear Mr. McGrenahan,

Welcome back to the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt you are truly a friend of our Garrison. Thank you on behalf of our community for supporting our Soldiers, Civilians and Families. Once again your event has not only entertained our community but has brought us your important message of alcohol and substance abuse. By combining humor with a more serious message about the potential hazards associated with over-consumption of alcohol and misuse of drugs. You have made a difference through your sincerity and inspirational delivery to our young men and women who are answering their nations call.

Again, welcome back and thank you for your service, mission accomplished.

“Every Day… Better”

 

Sincerely,

Anthony E. Haager

Liteutnant Colonel, US Army

Commanding

 

P.S. Thanks for being here. Your message and method is one of the best I have seen. You coming to Schweinfurt is one the best things that have happened to this Community!

 

Garrison Vicenza

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

UNITED STATES ARMY GARRISON VICENZA

UNIT 31401, BOX 73

APO AE 09630 06 FEBRUARY 2009

 

Dear Bernie:

I’m writing this letter to thank you for bringing your Happy Hour Comedy Show to the Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. I appreciate your powerful message regarding the dangers of high risk drinking and substance abuse and I am sure you had a positive effect on the fortunate individuals that were able to see your show. I have been a Prevention Coordinator and have given presentations and seen outside guests present alcohol and drug prevention trainings, but I have never had the tremendous amount of positive feedback and asking when are you going to come back, from Soldiers and civilians alike, as was associated with your show. I certainly hope we have the good fortune to get you back to Vicwenza Soon. You have been a great aid to help me reach more troops and inspire them to be responsible and achieve mission success. I wish you much continued success in bringing your much needed message to our Service Members and civilians alike.

Sincerely,

Charles R. Fields, ADCO

USAG Vicenza, ASAP

634-7554

Fort Rucker, Alabama

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 ARMY

 

UNITED STATES ARMY COMBAT READINESS/ SAFETY CENTER

BUILDING 4905, 5TH AVENUE

FORT RUCKER, ALABAMA 36362-5363 SEPTEMBER 24 2010

 

Dear Mr McGrenahan,

Thank you for taking time to speak at the 2010 Army Senior Safety Tactical Symposium. I have no doubt your unique perspective will have a poitive impact on our Army in the critical days ahead.

General George S. Patton, one of the most revered officers our military has ever known, once said, “The Soldier is the Army.” After nearly a decade of continuous conflict, we now know our Army cannot stand on Soldiers alone. Your involvement in this symposium has contributed immeasurably to the noble goal of keeping our total force- Soldiers, Families and Civilians- safe, ready and strong. Thank you again for supporting our Army and our Nation

 

Sincerely,

William T. Wolf

Brigadier General, US Army

Commanding General