The strong partnership between the Joint Base Lewis-McChord command team and the Washington State Patrol was re-emphasized Jan. 13 when WSP representatives visited the installation with a little gift.
Captain Mark Brogan, with the WSP, presented the Chief’s Coin on behalf of the WSP Chief John Batiste to four JBLM leaders. Colonel H. Charles Hodges, installation commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Bryan, Col. Anthony Davit, deputy commander, and Maj. Jay Cash, provost marshal, each received a coin.
“We were presenting chief’s coins on behalf of our chief, Chief Batiste, to thank the command here at the base for their willingness to partner with us, the state patrol, and what they do and what we do,” Brogan said. “Chief Batiste and all the district command here in Tacoma value the partnership we have with the base and wanted to formalize our thank you.”
Hodges reciprocated the gesture by presenting Brogan a JBLM commander’s coin in return.
He extended an open invitation to the WSP if they should ever need to use the installation, much as they did during the funeral of Trooper Tony Radulescu, who was killed while on duty in 2012.
“As a resource perspective, think of us as a resource,” Hodges said. “From a training perspective, you name it. You have access to the base.”
Brogan is new to the JBLM district, but said he is excited about working with the installation.
“This is where I want to be. I’m happy,” Brogan said. “I want this partnership to stay where it is and to grow and to get better.”