By Kevin Fleming, ASC Public AffairsMarch 8, 2017
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The U.S. Army Sustainment Command-Army Reserve Element held a Military Ball and dinner at the Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, Iowa, March 4. Approximately 200 people attended.
The event focused on resiliency and leadership.
"In my mind, resiliency is about being able to take a punch and then being able to get back up," said guest speaker Brig. Gen. Susan Henderson, deputy commanding general, 79th Theater Sustainment Command, Los Alamitos, California.
"Resiliency takes work," she continued. "It doesn't come naturally when the punches come fast."
Henderson talked about three types of resiliency: personal, career and mission. She said all three types of resiliency are about adaptability and willingness to change.
While talking about leadership, Henderson discussed her own experiences as she grew up through the Army. She said that as a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, she began to learn that leadership is about supporting others and helping them to achieve the Army standard.
Henderson served as the commander of the ASC-ARE from March 2014 to September 2015.
Col. Timothy Fenlason, commander, ASC-ARE, said the purpose of the ball was to bring the unit together and to have a good time.
"We certainly don't have the opportunity to come together as a unit as often as we'd like," he said. "I want us to take this opportunity to make some new friends and to reignite old friendships."
ASC-ARE has three detachments co-located with the 404th Army Field Support Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, the 406th AFSB at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 407th AFSB at Fort Hood, Texas.
As an Army Reserve brigade aligned under the Army Reserve Sustainment Command, the mission of the ASC-ARE is to provide trained Soldiers in support of ASC's goals. The mission of ASC is to "integrate and synchronize the delivery of U.S. Army Materiel Command capabilities and resources to ensure Army readiness."
The unit was officially designated as ASC-ARE in April 2009.
The night began with a receiving line comprised of the brigade's leadership and their guests.
ASC provided the color guard, which included Sgt. 1st Class Cornelius Goodwin, Sgt. 1st Class Chrystal Yazzie, Sgt. 1st Class Joycelyn Clinton, Sgt. 1st Class Sefo Laufalemana, Sgt. Kenneth Hargrove and Spc. Seth Barnes.
Jereen Phillips, human resources assistant, ASC, sang the national anthem. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jeffery Bush provided the invocation and benediction.
Key leaders presented the traditional toasts, which included toasts to the nation, to the president, to the Army, to the brigade, to honored guests, to the deployed, to fallen Soldiers and to the ladies.
During the toast for the fallen Soldiers, Maj. Peter Holloway, the master of ceremonies, narrated the Fallen Soldier Tribute.
Distinguished guests included: Dennis Pauley, mayor, Rock Island, Illinois; Scott Nuamann, alderman, Second Ward, Bettendorf, Iowa; Michael Matson, alderman, Seventh Ward, Davenport, Iowa; and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hovis, ASC-ARE senior enlisted adviser.
Henderson presented Pauley, Nuamann and Matson with community appreciation plaques.
The following ASC-ARE Soldiers received their retirement certificates during the ball:
Col. Jerome Heath - 30 years of service
Col. John Small - 30 years of service
Col. Diana Torres - 30 years of service
Lt. Col. Richard Christensen - 28 years of service
Lt. Col. Edward Dawson - 28 years of service
Lt. Col. Peter Dubravec - 30 years of service
Lt Col. Ezinwa Nwankpa - 28 years of service