TRADOC Band bids GEN Dempsey farewell

By SSG Anthony Reosti
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band

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GEN Martin E. Dempsey and his wife, Deanie inspect a shadowbox presented by the command team of the TRADOC Band.
On March 22, 2011, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band command team presented a shadowbox to the outgoing Commanding General of TRADOC, GEN Martin E. Dempsey and his wife, Deanie.

The presentation by CPT Scott McKenzie, Band Commander, 1LT Richard Winkels, Executive Officer, SGM Wendy Thomson, Band Sergeant Major, and 1SG James Kruczek, Band First Sergeant, was in gratitude of GEN Dempsey’s tireless support of the Band during his command. GEN Dempsey departed TRADOC in March to become the 37th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.

The contents of the shadowbox included a TRADOC Band drum head signed by the members of the band, the score of an original march, “Dempsey’s Own,” composed by CPT McKenzie and dedicated to GEN Dempsey, and a commemorative plaque containing the words to the song “O, America,” which the General performed with the TRADOC Band during the Band’s 2010 Music Under the Stars concert series. The words of the song are:

“O, America no weeping,
Let me heal your wounded heart:
I will keep you in my keeping,
Till there be… a new start.”

Based on GEN Dempsey's record of support with the TRADOC Band, all Army Bands should expect to enjoy the support of Army's highest-ranking Soldier.

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