CSM Dahl (left), Col. Miller (center) and Steilacoom Kiwanis member Bob Mize making the presentation.
Is it possible to fit the entire 42nd M.P. Brigade (# personnel) inside Steilacoom’s Town Hall?
Not a chance.
What was possible, however, was fitting about two dozen Brigade representatives into the town’s primary government building on Jan. 15 for a recognition ceremony that honored the Brigade’s many contributions to the community.
Within an hour-long period that evening, accolades were presented by council, Kiwanis and Chamber members to the 51st MP Detachment, the 54th MP Company, the 66th MP Company, the 67th MP Company, the 170th MP Company the 571st MP Company, HHD, 504th MP Battalion; HHC, 508th MP Battalion, HHC 42nd MP Brigade.
Also to the 504th MP Battalion, the 508th MP Battalion, and also to the Director of Emergency Services. Brigade Commander Col. Katherine Miller and Command Sgt. Major Edgar Dahl each received separate plaques from the Town, from Kiwanis of Steilacoom and the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce. Col. Miller reciprocated, presenting a pair of colorful Brigade plaques to Mayor Lucas.
Soldiers from various Brigade units were commended for their numerous community service contributions during the past year. Besides assisting with numerous community events such as the 4th of July Parade, the Salmon Bake, the Apple Squeeze, the December Tree Lighting event, the Spring Egg Hunt, soldiers also have taken part in the annual Make A Difference Day and assisted at each of the community’s seven schools. The recent “Paint Tacoma/Pierce Beautiful” project‚Äîan annual Kiwanis event in which members normally spend several weekends painting a qualifying local home‚Äîwas done in two-and a half hours thanks to the Brigade. That whirlwind project was coordinated by PFC McMillan.
Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas prefaced the recognition ceremony with highlights from the town’s military history, touching on 19th century contributions by soldiers at historic Ft. Steilacoom through present participation of Ft. Lewis personnel in contemporary community life.
Participating in these many activities, said MG Dan French (USA-ret.) is the “best training ground for citizenship.”
Your contributions, added Mayor Lucas, “make our community a better place in which to live.”
Story and photo by Nancy Covert