Turner McGarity, airing Nov. 29 #MCUSAR

Sergeant Major (ret.) Turner McGarity
President
Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers

Turner N. McGarity retired as a sergeant major from the U.S. Army in 1991, after more than 25 years of service. He went on to serve as assistant commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Texas Military Institute, from 1993 until 2009.

A San Antonio native, McGarity graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1964 and returned to settle in his hometown following his military career. In addition to his work with the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers, he is an active member of Friendship Baptist Church. He also has been officiating basketball and football games with UIL and the TASO Officials Chapter for 25 years.

Colonel (Dr.) Michael Wirt

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Commander
Institute for Surgical Research

Colonel (Dr.) Michael D. Wirt was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps in 1986, after graduating from U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Following graduation, he served on active duty with the 1-70th Armor Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, and in multiple subsequent assignments as a Chemical Officer in the Army Reserves until 1994. During this period, COL Wirt completed a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Georgetown University, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in magnetic resonance at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. COL Wirt is also a 1998 graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he obtained his Doctorate of Medicine degree, followed by completion of an internship in General Surgery and his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2004.

Major General Joseph DiSalvo

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Commanding General
U.S. Army South

Major General Joseph P. DiSalvo assumed Command of U.S. Army South, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on June 24, 2013. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree and is an airborne ranger Armored Cavalry Officer. He also holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

He has served in armored and mechanized units throughout his career, both in the United States and in Europe (7 years). He has commanded the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. He also was the senior Brigade Trainer at the U.S. Army National Training Center.

Phil Reidinger, Army Best Medic Competition

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Director of Communications

Army Medical Department Center & School

 

AMEDD Center and School holds
2014 CSM Jack L. Clark, Jr. Army Best Medic Competition

Sixty-six soldiers from across the Army will compete in a grueling, continuous 72-hour two-soldier team competition that will test competitors’ physical and cognitive abilities at Camp Bullis from November 5-7, 2014 in order to earn the title of the Army’s Best Medic Team.

The Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. Army Best Medic Competition originally evolved from the Expert Field Medical Badge Challenge and is dedicated to the 13th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Medical Command. This year’s competition will be the 20th year the U.S. Army Medical Command has sought to identify the Army’s best medics.

Mike Rowland, Celebrate America’s Military

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2014 Chairman, Military Affairs Committee
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Mike Rowland is the Military Liaison Officer for Broadway National Bank. He provides oversight for military banking matters within the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) region, including banking center locations on Fort Sam Houston, Randolph AFB, and Lackland AFB. His primary responsibility is serving as the liaison between Broadway Bank and all military units within JBSA.  Mike also represents Broadway Bank in civic and community based organizations.

Colonel Polly Kenny

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Judge Advocate
Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command

Colonel Polly S. Kenny is the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio Randolph, Texas. She is the senior legal advisor to the AETC Commander on all legal issues involving military justice, civil litigation, environmental law, claims, international law, and administrative law.

Colonel Kenny received a Bachelor of Science degree in English with minors in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Troy State University in 1985. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1988. After admission to the Alabama bar, Colonel Kenny entered the Air Force through the direct appointment program in March 1989.

Bobby Henline

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Comedian
Motivational Speaker

Bobby Henline is a professional speaker and stand-up comedian who draws on his experiences as a U.S. Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 and was a Desert Storm veteran by age 19.

Henline left the service but was inspired to re-enlist after the attacks against the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He deployed to Iraq three times with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

On April 7, 2007, the Humvee that Henline was riding in, just north of Baghdad, struck a roadside bomb. He was the only one of the vehicle’s five occupants to survive the blast. More than 38 percent of his body was burned, and his head was burned to the skull. He spent six months battling for survival in the hospital, and his left hand was so badly injured that it was eventually amputated. To date, Henline has had more than 40 surgeries.

In August 2009, during a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles, Henline “pinky-swore” with his occupational therapist that he would try stand-up comedy while he was in town. The “Well-Done Comedian” was born shortly afterward, during an open-mic night at the Comedy Store.

Henline believes that God spared his life for a reason that day north of Baghdad — that his mission is to help create awareness for burn survivors, to inspire others to live life to the fullest, and to promote healing through sharing his story and laughter. In addition to his comedy, he is a motivational speaker who often addresses corporate groups, nonprofit organizations and others.

Henline lives in San Antonio with his wife, Connie, and four children. He performs regularly at the Laugh Out Loud and River Center Comedy Clubs in San Antonio, and has made appearances at Rooster T. Feathers (Sunnyvale, Calif.), The Comedy Zone (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas.