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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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ARMY WAR COLLEGE SPONSORS STRATEGIC LANDPOWER ESSAY CONTEST

The Army War College and the Army War College Foundation are holding their 2009 edition of the Strategic Landpower Essay Contest.  The competition is designed to advance the professional knowledge of the strategic role of landpower in joint and multinational operations.  This year's essay topic is "Perspectives on Stability Operations and Their Role in U.S. Landpower."

The Army War College Foundation will award $3,000 to the author of the best essay, $1,500 to the second place writer, and $500 to the third place winner.  Anyone is eligible to enter and win the contest except those involved in the judging.

Essay entries must be original and not previously published and should not exceed 5,000 words.  For more information or for a copy of the essay contest rules, writers should contact Dr. Michael R. Matheny at the college's Department of Military Strategy, Planning and Operations by telephone at (717) 245-3459 or DSN 242-3459, or by email at michael.matheny@us.army.mil.  Submissions must be postmarked on or before 17 February 2009.

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CULINARY ARTS COMPETITION

The Army's Culinary Arts Competition will be held 28 February to 13 March 2009 at Fort Lee, Virginia.  For more information on the event, visit the culinary arts website at www.quartermaster.army.mil/aces.  Select ACES food service special programs, and select the enter link under the Culinary Arts Program.

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