Olympia Leaders, 7ID Tour Around JBLM in Spring Community Connector Event

By 7ID Public AffairsApril 22, 2022

Olympia Community Connectors (R-L) Sam Gibboney, Port of Olympia Executive Director; City Manager Jay Burney; Mayor Cheryl Selby; Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing and Communications, Port of Olympia; Tom Jameson, JBLM Military Liaison; and Bob Iyall, Commissioner, Port of Olympia pose for a photo just after taking a ride in one of Ghost Brigade's new Strykers.
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Olympia Community Connectors (R-L) Sam Gibboney, Port of Olympia Executive Director; City Manager Jay Burney; Mayor Cheryl Selby; Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing and Communications, Port of Olympia; Tom Jameson, JBLM Military Liaison; and Bob Iyall, Commissioner, Port of Olympia pose for a photo just after taking a ride in one of Ghost Brigade's new Strykers. (Photo Credit: 7ID PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
Olympia Community Connectors (L-R) Mayor Cheryl Selby; City Manager Jay Burney; Tom Jameson, JBLM Military Liaison;  Bob Iyall, Commissioner, Port of Olympia; Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing and Communications, Port of Olympia and  Sam Gibboney, Port of Olympia Executive Director attend the 7ID's Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Olympia Community Connectors (L-R) Mayor Cheryl Selby; City Manager Jay Burney; Tom Jameson, JBLM Military Liaison; Bob Iyall, Commissioner, Port of Olympia; Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing and Communications, Port of Olympia and Sam Gibboney, Port of Olympia Executive Director attend the 7ID's Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. (Photo Credit: 7ID PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
7ID holds their quarterly Division Recognition Ceremony.
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Olympia Community Connectors attend a briefing the the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade.
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Olympia Community Connectors (L-R) Mayor Cheryl Selby; City Manager Jay Burney; Tom Jameson, JBLM Military Liaison;  Bob Iyall, Commissioner, Port of Olympia check out a new JLTV with their guide, Maj. Eric Lain from 1-2 SBCT.
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Olympia Community Connectors (L-R) Mayor Cheryl Selby; City Manager Jay Burney; Tom Jameson, JBLM Military Liaison; Bob Iyall, Commissioner, Port of Olympia check out a new JLTV with their guide, Maj. Eric Lain from 1-2 SBCT. (Photo Credit: 7ID PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
Port of Olympia Community Connectors (L-R) Sam Gibboney, Executive Director, Bob Iyall, Commissioner, and Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing and Communications Director, don safety gear under the guidance of Army Materiel Command RLRC yard personnel.
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Port of Olympia Community Connectors (L-R) Sam Gibboney, Executive Director, Bob Iyall, Commissioner, and Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing and Communications Director, don safety gear under the guidance of Army Materiel Command RLRC yard personnel. (Photo Credit: 7ID PAO) VIEW ORIGINAL
Port of Olympia Community Connector Bob Iyall, Commissioner dons safety gear under the guidance of Army Materiel Command RLRC yard personnel.
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Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby dons safety gear and discusses safety procedures with Spc. Palaez, an infantry soldier and Stryker driver.
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7ID Soldiers and Olympia Community Connectors depart the RLRC yard at JBLM.
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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — What do you get when you load a group of Olympia City officials into a brand-new, fully modernized Stryker Combat Vehicle and give them a ride in the rain?

Happiness.

This is precisely what happened April 20, 2022, when Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby, City Manager Jay Burney, Port of Olympia Commissioner Bob Iyall along with Port Executive Director Sam Gibbony and Communications Director Jennie Folglia-Jones, and Olympia's military liaison Tom Jameson paid the Bayonet Division a visit to learn a little more about what we do and how we stay ready.

It was part of a day-long program that began with the 7th Infantry Division’s Volunteer Recognition ceremony, held quarterly to recognize the valuable contributions Families, Soldiers, and Spouses make to the Bayonet Division. The rest of the day was designed to orient 7ID’s community connectors to not only facets of the 7ID mission and purpose, but also the mission and purpose of 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, Army Materiel Command Logistics Readiness Center modernization yard, and the Lewis Army Museum.

For all of the connectors it was a highly informative day, exposing most of them to aspects of JBLM they were previously unaware. These included 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s modernization process of trading their old HMMWVs for the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), and exchanging their legacy Strykers for the new, third general DVHA1 (“Double-V Hull”) variant.

Modernization is essentially adapting how as an Army we fight, what we fight with, and who we are in preparation for future operational challenges. To achieve this, the 7ID and, in this case in particular, 1-2 SBCT is transforming by integrating next-generation technologies and warfighting concepts to enhance the Division’s ability to compete globally, deter adversaries and win on all-domain battlefields.

Discussions at 5th SFAB were facilitated by Deputy Commander Col. Andy Watson, and centered on their mission, which is to train and advise conventional military forces in order to build long lasting trust among like-minded professional military forces. Additionaly, Watson emphasized the point that SFABs like his exist to help establish the United States as the partner of choice in regions of the world that are vital to US strategy.

Wrapping up the day was a tour of the Fort Lewis Army Museum, where museum director Erik Flint, walked the group through the evolution of the U.S. Army’s presence in the Pacific Northwest region since the 19th Century.

By all accounts, the day was a success for the leaders from Olympia.

“Thank you to you and your team for your hospitality and for an amazing day,” said Burney. We had a great time and look forward to future events and an expanded partnership.”

Foglia-Jones also thanked the 7ID team for the experience. “We had a great time and look forward to our continued relationship building,” as did Gibboney who extended invite to Bayonet Division leaders to tour the Port of Olympia.

Jameson, a retired Army Lt. Col., also expressed his gratitude on behalf o the Olympia group.

“Your planning and execution impressed the group and truly helped to increase the understanding of division operations and responsibilities for the city and port leaders. Well done! We are all looking forward to increasing the connection between the division, port and city.”

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