Natick News and Notes
November 3, 2009
By John Harlow
- The Natick Garrison held a town hall meeting on Oct. 13. At the meeting Ted Good of the Northeast Region (NERO) Installation Support Team (
- Natick Garrison works on team building in Boston.
- Brig. Gen. (Ret.) J.A. "Yogi" Mangual explains how disabled people can be productive members of society.
The Natick Garrison held a town hall meeting on Oct. 13. At the meeting Ted Good of the Northeast Region (NERO) Installation Support Team (RIST) team chief spoke to the community about the changes being made at the regional level. During his presentation, he showed the key players at NERO for the Natick Garrison Community.
The Garrison leadership recognized 15 people with different awards ranging from length of service awards to the achievement medal for civilian service. Sixteen new employees were also welcomed to the Natick community.
On Oct. 23, the Garrison staff participated in a team building training exercise in the Fenway Park section of Boston. Teams worked on communication skills, time management and the ability to improvise. At the end of the event, Lt. Col. Kari K. Otto, the Garrison Commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Mittie Smith along with the newest and longest tenured employees of Natick cut a cake to celebrate the third birthday of Installation Management Command.
Ret. Brig. Gen. J.A. "Yogi" Mangual, a former Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) commander returned as the guest speaker for the National Disability Employment Awareness Month program. The general spoke of the theme for this year which is expectation + opportunity = full participation.
Mangual currently serves as executive vice president and president of Puerto Rico Operations for the Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind.
Seeing a person who has a disability become a contributing member of the work force makes the retired generals job worth going to.
"It is indescribable," said Mangual. "One person comes to mind that is 67 years-old and blind and had never had a job until we had provided him one. When he received his first paycheck, he was in tears because he didn't want to cash it because it was the very first time he had the chance to bring a paycheck home. It brought tears to my eyes and continue to strive to be able to provide that opportunity to others."