RECOGNITION OF COLONEL PERRY L. BRIDGES, IN HONOR OF HIS RETIREMENT AND HIS INVALUABLE SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY -- (Extensions of Remarks - September 28, 2004)
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the career and achievements of an exemplary individual, Colonel Perry (Buddy) L. Bridges. Upon his retirement as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and Fort Monmouth, he left behind a distinguished career, one through which he provided an invaluable service to his country.
Perry L. Bridges first entered the military in May of 1977, and throughout his 27 years of service, he held critical responsibilities through his work with the Army, Department of Defense, international organizations and foreign governments. His commitment to his work earned him the respect of all his colleagues and anyone who was fortunate enough to know him. Today, I would like to take a moment to look back and pay homage to a decorated career.
Colonel Bridges' outstanding career has included several high-ranking and significant command assignments. He served as Brigade Commander of the 1st Signal Brigade and he also served exceptionally as Battalion Commander of HHD, 56th Signal Battalion, 106th Signal Brigade.
From June 1999 to May of 2000, Colonel Bridges performed magnificently as the Commander of the Signal Regiment's Academy and Director of the Signal Regiment's School of Leadership and Professional Development; leading an academy of over 1000 students, instructors, and staff personnel who were responsible for 17 leader and professional development courses.
Through his tenure as Chief of Staff at the Communications-Electronics Command and Fort Monmouth, Colonel Bridges directed and coordinated a functional staff of 600 personnel and the resources of CECOM consisting of 10,000 military and civilian employees and an annual budget of approximately $2.2 billion. Colonel Bridges developed and implemented changes in training and organization that dramatically enhanced and strengthened Fort Monmouth's force protection system so that our enemies will find it more difficult and more costly to interfere with Fort Monmouth's efforts to maintain peace and stability.
As Chief of Staff at the Communications-Electronics Command, Colonel Bridges brought with him a stellar history of service and remarkable leadership ability, integrity and unsurpassed dedication to soldiers, civil servants, the Army and his country. His distinguished military career truly reflects great credit upon himself, the United States Army Material Command, the United States Army and our entire Nation.
A career as notable as this, should not go unrecognized. Colonel Bridges has received numerous awards of recognition throughout his career, which include a Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Achievement Medal, just to name a few.
Once again, Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate Colonel Bridges on a storied career and thank him for his vital service to this country. I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.