DEPOT COMMANDER SPEAKS TO OHS STUDENTS

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Anniston Army Depot Commander Col. Brent Bolander spoke to Oxford High School students Nov. 10 during their Veterans Day ceremony.

Bolander began his remarks by teaching the students an important word for the Army - Hooah!

Used as an affirmative and as a rallying cry, the word Hooah often means anything and everything except no.

Calling it back to the installation commander timidly at first, the students soon got the hang of the cry, confidently yelling "Hooah" back each time Bolander prompted.

He showed the students their connection with the numerous Veterans of the U.S. military - asking first for those who served or are serving to stand, then asking for those who are family members or friends of someone in one or more of the five branches of service to stand - and many did.

"As a Soldier, I know for a fact that Veterans don't see themselves as being brave or special," Bolander said. "The strength of the Soldier comes from their families. The spouses have learned to balance careers, home life, children and education. Even under extraordinary circumstances, they are strong."

Bolander said a part of recognizing service members on Veterans Day is also honoring their Families - those who "have stood beside them and have served and sacrificed in their own way."

DEPOT ASSISTS WITH COLDWATER VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

A Stryker vehicle from Anniston Army Depot rolled onto the campus of Coldwater Elementary School during their Veterans Day program Nov. 7. Following the program, students were able to get a closer view of the Stryker as they walked around it before returning to their classrooms.

ANAD PARTICIPATES IN VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

ANAD Commander Col. Brent Bolander, his wife Donna and son Austin as well as Depot Sgt. Maj. Debra Buie, DLA Distribution Anniston Commander Lt. Col. Hattie Richardson and Maj. Aatif Hayat, M.D., the physician for the installation's Dear Occupational Health Clinic, participated in the Anniston Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11.