General Lengyel shares Thanksgiving breakfast with deployed Troops from Sedalia

Troops from Sedalia

U.S. National Guard Bureau Chief, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, and U.S. Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, the senior enlisted advisor to Lengyel, shared a Thanksgiving breakfast with U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered in Sedalia, Missouri, who are currently deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield, at the 35th CAB’s Administrative and Logistical Operations Center at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 22, 2018.

U.S. Soldiers of many ranks attended this morning’s breakfast. Throughout the meal, Lengyel and Kepner talked with the service members asking questions about jobs, career goals, and deployment life. They also discussed retention rates and Soldier readiness, which affects the National Guard Bureau’s strength as a whole. 

U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Tia Brown, a human resources specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th CAB, was in attendance at this morning’s breakfast.

Brown said she was nervous to meet Lengyel, as she has never met a four-star general before. She enjoyed talking with him and learning more about what the National Guard had to offer. She liked how open Lengyel and Kepner were to discussing Soldier issues and their sincerity in effecting what changes they can do to combat such issues.

Following breakfast, Lengyel presented his coin to seven U.S. Soldiers for their exceptional service during this mobilization. U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas Arrigoni, a flight medic assigned to C. Company, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, returned the favor by sharing his unit’s morale sticker with Lengyel. U.S. Army National Guard Col. Charles Hausman, commander of the 35th CAB, also shared the brigade’s morale patches with Lengyel and Kepner.

“Visits such as these are important to maintain morale during the holiday season,” said U.S. Army National Guard Lt. Col. Derrick Jennings, executive officer of the 35th CAB. “Being away from family and friends is taxing on our service members. We are thankful for the opportunity to share this with Gen. Lengyel and our military family.”

 

U.S. Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Shayne Fuemmeler, first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, from Sedalia, Missouri, initiates breakfast by grabbing the first plate at the 35th CAB’s Administrative and Logistical Operations Center at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 22, 2018.
U.S. Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Shayne Fuemmeler, first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, from Sedalia, Missouri, initiates breakfast by grabbing the first plate at the 35th CAB’s Administrative and Logistical Operations Center at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 22, 2018.

 

 

 

U.S. Air Force National Guard Gen. Joseph Lengyel, right, chief of the National Guard Bureau, awards U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Karmen Walling, human resources sergeant assigned to Headquarters and Support Company, 935th Aviation Support Battalion, from Springfield, Missouri, a coin at the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Administrative and Logistical Operations Center at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 22, 2018.
U.S. Air Force National Guard Gen. Joseph Lengyel, right, chief of the National Guard Bureau, awards U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Karmen Walling, human resources sergeant assigned to Headquarters and Support Company, 935th Aviation Support Battalion, from Springfield, Missouri, a coin at the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Administrative and Logistical Operations Center at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 22, 2018.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army National Guard Col. Charles Hausman, right, commander of the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered in Sedalia, Missouri, gifts a 35th CAB aviation morale patch to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, left, senior enlisted advisor to the CNGB, 35th CAB areas of operations at the 35th CAB’s Administrative and Logistical Operations Center at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 22, 2018
U.S. Army National Guard Col. Charles Hausman, right, commander of the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, headquartered in Sedalia, Missouri, gifts a 35th CAB aviation morale patch to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, left, senior enlisted advisor to the CNGB, 35th CAB areas of operations at the 35th CAB’s Administrative and Logistical Operations Center at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 22, 2018