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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997- 31 Two commanders found in one Sussex household It&apos;s not everyday you can go Mike s best experience as com- home and talk about what hap- mander was his involvement with pened on the job and your spouse the implementation of a general fully understands what you mean. support maintenance LANES Such is the case for Captains training program with his previ- ,dh Michael and Karen Berry, hus- band and wife, who serve as com- manders in the Delaware Army National Guard. Mike is comman- der of the newly formed 160 Engi- neer Company (combat support equipment), and held command for 28 months with the 262 Main- tenance Company. Karen has been the commander of Headquarters Company 280 Signal Battalion since October 1996, and has one more year to serve in that position. one aspect of the job they both enjoy is the interaction with the troops. "It's the last time as a company-grade officer that you'll have direct, hand-to-hand contact with all the line soldiers who are the backbone of the guard," Mike said. "You have the opportunity to influence their personal and pro- fessional careers." Karen added, "You really get to know people on a personal level and become really aware of issues that are important to them." Benefit dinner for Townsend children The Ladies Auxiliary of the Ma- son-Dixon VFW will sponsor a chicken and dumpling dinner to benefit the Townsend children, who lost both their parents this summer. The dinner will be held at the Post home, Quillens Point, Ocean View and will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. The price is $8 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds will go to the Townsend Children's Fund. The children, age 12, 10 and six, are currently residing with a cousin in the Mil- lville area. Those who would like to make a donation, but are unable to come to the dinner are asked to make checks payable to Mariner Bethel United Methodist Church, for the Townsend Fund. Checks may be mailed to Kubicki, P.O. Box 1206, Ocean View, DE 19970. African-American Women's conference set "Sister to Sister: A Time To Lead" is the theme for the African American Women's Con- ference, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Children and Families First, 401 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown. The conference will include workshops on Women, Relation- ships and Substance Abuse; Do- mestic Violence; Acupuncture; Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places; AIDS I01; Teens and HIV/STD; Case Manage- ment/Resources/Statistics; African Pride/Men Only; and Sis- ters in the Face of AIDS. The free conference is spon- sored by Kent Sussex AIDS Pro- gram (Children & Families First), and CAMP Rehoboth. Lunch is included. ous unit. "With the engineers, it's the entire time since we started from ground zero. Every moment brings another challenge with more people taking the unit through the initial stages until ac- tivation next month," Mike said. Karen likes it best when someone comes up to her on a very frustrat- ing day and tells her she's doing a great job. The worst experience for both the Berrys was losing a good sol- dier to drug use. "It's also frustrat- ing when I make accommodations to help a soldier because of per- sunni issues, and I eventually lose them because of family problems that just cannot be resolved," said : Karen. As for being commanders at the same time, Mike said the most im- portant thing is the ability to un- derstand and communicate on the exact same level. "Since we have the same experiences," he said, "we give each other advice and feel much more confident about the decisions we make. As com- manders, we know what our re- sponsibilities are and there is very little stress since we know what we're both going through." The one change Karen would Captains Mike and Karen Berry enjoy a rare moment to- gether on drill after the recent commanders championship. like to leave with her unit is that counseling, either good or bad, should be given often to let sol- diers know exactly where they stand. Mike would like to instill in his soldiers the desire to exceed the standards, since they have the rare opportunity to start from ground zero. Mike said having been a junior platoon officer, and staff officer, among other posi- tions, has helped him see how staff members function and think. Karen was a platoon leader in Troop Command and moved to the HC 280 in every section as a support officer, $3, $4, and S1. In the civilian world, Mike has been a state trooper for eight years and currently works in the com- munity policing division. Karen has been a teacher for four years and currently teaches math to eighth graders. They both accepted their com- missions from the University of Delaware's ROTC program, one year apart. Their long-term goals are exactly the same: "to get 20 years," they say at the same time, with identical grins. Karen and Mike live in Sussex County with their two small children. EVERY SINGLE ITEM IN THE STORE IS ON SALE IColumbus Day S ale ! 4 DAYS ONLY '" Golf Outlet 10'/, OFF ALL PUTTERS lOO Ocean Outlets, Rehoboth Beach TRADE-IN CLUBS 20*/, OFF It HUGE SELECTION ALL 00OES #PRICED" wooaaTO SELL < Graphite & Steel ALL "- Putters SUPER SAVINGS , SALE TERMS: ON THE BEACH'S LARGEST -' ash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover -,< NO SALES TAX .ALL SALES FINALe FULL LINE OF .J Store Hour, GOLF EQUIPMENT < Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. I' -' __ :nd ay 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & ACCESSOR'ES' ?. <d r" ........ " Clip and Save! 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