Arlington County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Gowen, Arlington Chamber of Commerce Senior Membership Director Mike Rosenow, Henderson Hall Sgt. Maj. Joseph Griffin, JBM-HH Commander Col. Kimberly Peeples, Marine Corps Installations Command Commander Maj. Gen. Edward Banta, Henderson Hall Commanding Officer Col. Robert Wiser, JBM-HH Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Harris and Marine Corps Installations Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Williams cut the cake at the 10th anniversary ceremony. Arlington County and the base have cooperated together for decades in various capacities.
JBM-HH celebrates installation Army, Marine Corps' realignment
The joint relationship between the Army and Marine Corps was celebrated outside the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Dining Facility for the 10th anniversary of merging fort Myer and Henderson Hall into joint base Tuesday.
JBM-HH Army Commander Col. Kimberly A. Peeples gave thanks to those involved in the ceremony and members of Arlington County who attended the event. Arlington County and the base has a history that dates back to the Civil War, and the two continue to cooperate in the present day.
Peeple’s provided a history of the base becoming joint, which included the collaborative efforts.
“We never forget that our primary mission is in service to our nation,” Peeples said. “We are Soldiers, we are Marines, civilians, Family members, partners, teammates — we are one team. We are truly a joint base and we are proud to continue that legacy for many years to come.”
Peeples added that in 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure 05 Recommendation #146 was designed for 26 co-located or close-proximity military installations to combine into 12 joint bases to achieve economies of scale and provide common cross-service standards for installation management.
JBM-HH was one of the first bases to do this alignment. Oct. 1, 2009 was JBM-HH’s Army-led redesignation ceremony where the two branches became one.
Marine Col. Robert Wiser, commanding officer of Headquarters and Service Battalion Marine Corps Henderson Hall said the 10-year anniversary was about the two branches’ unity.
“From the earliest days of country, the Army and the Marine Corps have served together in the common purpose of our national interest,” Wiser said. “I think that the men and women, both Army and Marine Corps and civilians of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall have done a wonderful job of working together for a common purpose and our common interests, while also respecting our different service cultures, organizational missions, goals and interests.
“It has proven to be an excellent example of what is possible when our two great services work together. I look forward to continued successful progress that I know we will continue to share going forward. Again, Col. Peeples and staff — thank you for putting this ceremony together and more importantly being great partners in this joint base adventure.”
After Wiser spoke, Sgt. 1st Class Chris Rettig led everyone in singing the “Marine Corps Hymn” and the “Army Song.”
JBM-HH serves more than 150,000 active duty service men and women to include Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard, their Families, Department of Defense civilian personnel and retired military personnel in the National Capital Region.
Pentagram Staff Writer Katrina Wilson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.