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Hockey community shows appreciation to troops

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Hockey community shows appreciation to troops

By Julie Frederick - Redstone Rocket


Maj. Gen. Doug Gabram, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command, was Redstone Arsenal’s representative senior leader for the 14th annual Huntsville Havoc Military Appreciation Night, March 17.

The sold-out hockey game, sponsored by the local chapter of Still Serving Veterans, raised $60,000 to continue supporting North Alabama veterans. During the evening’s events that included a pregame locker room chat with the team, welcoming the Huntsville community, and giving the oath of enlistment to more than 50 new service members, Gabram reflected on how whether your profession is hockey or helicopters, leadership and trust transcends both professions.

Trust, team, relationships and attitude are the four pillars Gabram has used to define the importance of leadership throughout his 34-year military career. Along with these four pillars, he believes that true leaders must have character, confidence and competence.

There was no clearer representation of Gabram’s philosophy in practice than the event’s special guest, Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Mike Rose. During the opening ceremony, Gabram took the opportunity to honor Rose for his commitment to his fellow Soldiers in Vietnam.

“If you want to be inspired, aside from the Havoc winning tonight, please go home and look up Mike Rose and what he did in October of 1970 in Vietnam,” Gabram said. “You want to talk about heroism and courage, for all the young people in the audience, and want to know what a real hero looks like, he’s standing right here.”

Read more at: http://www.theredstonerocket.com/win_or_lose/article_0688100c-380b-11e8-ae40-371e93a16e50.html

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