Mr. Claude L. Callegary (center) visits with Soldiers of the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center Nov. 11. Clockwise from left are Spc. Esmeralda Garcia, Capt. Seungho Kang, Sgt. 1st Class Orton Porter, and Maj. (P) Victor A. Suarez. (Photo courtesy of 6MLMC public affairs)
By 6MLMC public affairs
For Veterans Day 2012, Soldiers of the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center, Fort Detrick, Md., were privileged to visit Baltimore’s Loch Raven Veterans Affairs Community Living and Rehabilitation Center. Seventeen members of the unit visited with patients, established community ties, and assisted with lunchtime meals. This was an incredibly rewarding experience for all involved.
“We were privileged to visit Lock Raven for the second consecutive year,” said Col. Michael J. Talley, 6MLMC commander. “The residents and staff actually requested our soldiers by name.”
“I think our soldiers, especially the junior most soldiers, realized the significance of their oaths and importance of protecting the nation,” he said. “They were able to share experiences with veterans of all Services – some had served during World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and Operation Enduring Freedom.”
Claude L. Callegary met with Soldiers of 6MLMC during their visit. Having served in the Air Force during World War II, Callegary is currently serving as a commissioner of the Maryland Veterans Commission.
Talley said, “One of the Marine Corps vets conveyed an emotional account of his experiences during the Battle of Iwo Jima to one our Soldiers. We later learned that he had never discussed the account with his family and friends prior to the visit. The instant camaraderie we share as Service men and women is truly remarkable.”
Talley and Sgt. Maj. Jorge M. Rodriguez presented 6MLMC Commander’s Coins to Joyce A. Smith, Deputy Chief Nurse Executive of VA Maryland Health Care System, and Barbra A. Swann, Voluntary Service Specialist, during their visit.
“It was actually hard to leave,” said Talley. “The men and women genuinely appreciated the visit and asked that we come back soon. We definitely will!