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NEW PROPERTY ACCOUNTABILITY TEAM AND NEWSLETTER ADDRESS CRITICAL ISSUES

Lieutenant General Mitchell H. Stevenson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Department of the Army, has established a property accountability team to address critical issues and topics and distribute a periodic newsletter.  The team includes leaders and subject-matter experts from the Department of the Army G-4, the Army Combined Arms Support Command, the Quartermaster Center and School, the Army Forces Command G-4, and other key organizations.  The property accountability newsletter is designed for leaders, Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and supporting Army contractors involved in property accountability and is available online at https://forums.bcks.army.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=674460.

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TRANSPORTATION CORPS PROMOTES FIRST FEMALE CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER (W-5)

Chief Warrant Officer (W-4) Jennifer E. Trossbach became the first woman in the history of the Transportation Corps to attain the rank of chief warrant officer (W-5) when she was promoted in December at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

The promoting officer, Major General James E. Chambers, the commanding general of the Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, Virginia, observed, "We need to congratulate her [Trossbach] because she's  the first woman CW5 in the Transportation Corps and it's an Army milestone."  Noting the recent promotion of a logistician, General Ann E. Dunwoody, as the first female four-star officer in U.S. history, General Chambers added, "This is a great year for accomplishments by great women."

CW5 Trossbach is a marine engineering officer assigned to the Marine Engineering Division, Maritime Training Center, an academic department of the Army Transportation Center and School at Fort Eustis. On active duty since 1985, she was appointed as a warrant officer in 1991 and initially served as a small tug chief engineer with the 73rd Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion.  In 2004, while deployed to Kuwait as an armor integration officer, she was awarded the Bronze Star for her actions in coordinating the efforts to add armor to the brigade's tactical and commercial mission-essential vehicles.  CW5 Trossbach also served as the Army Training and Doctrine Command capability manager in transportation and helped to develop the 2008 Army Watercraft Master Plan.

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CULINARY ARTS COMPETITION

The Army's 34th Culinary Arts Competition will be held 28 February to 13 March 2009 at Fort Lee, Virginia.  This year, many events are open to the public.  From 4 to 6 March, the Field Cooking Competition will be held outside the Army Center of Excellence, Subsistence.  Meal tickets will be available for purchase each day starting at 1000.  More events will be held at the Post Field House on 11 and 12 March, including an ice sculpture competition, the Nutritional Hot Food Challenge, and the Culinary Knowledge Bowl.  The Culinary Arts Competition culminates 13 March with an awards presentation, including recognition of the Armed Forces Chef of the Year and the Armed Forces Junior Chef of the Year.

During the competition, culinary enthusiasts can keep track of the event at www.ima.lee.army.mil/sites/pao/09_CulinaryArtsCompetition/Index.html.  The website also has background and media information.

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PERFORMANCE-BASED LOGISTICS 2009

The 7th Annual Performance-Based Logistics Summit will be held from 16 to 19 March at the Westin Tysons Corner in Falls Church, Virginia.  The event, hosted by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, will feature a look at the future of performance-based logistics (PBL) as well as best practices and case studies from military leaders who have successfully implemented PBL.  For more information or to register, visit the summit website at www.idga.org/us/pbl.

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