Note: In addition to his address at 11 PM in the GRCC cafeteria, Maj, Gen. Leonard will attend the GRCC Raider Football Team's 1 PM practice at Houseman Field.
Grand Rapids Community College football Coach Tony Annese announced that Major General Kevin A. Leonard, commanding general of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), will be bringing his motivational message of "1M1H1P" to his players on August 18.
“When I first heard of Major General Leonard and the 1M1H1P slogan he created and adopted, I thought, ‘My guys need to hear this message’ and that’s when the discussion to bring him here started,” said Annese. “We’re very fortunate – not to mention excited – to have someone of his caliber and character coming to our college, and our city, specifically to meet with our players to help us kick-off another great football season in a major way.”
The SDDC, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, is a unique Army command that delivers world-class, origin-to-destination distribution solutions. Whenever and wherever soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are deployed, SDDC is involved in planning and executing the surface delivery of their equipment and supplies.
Prior to his current assignment, Maj. Gen. Leonard served as Commanding General, 1st Corps Support
Command, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 2005 to 2006; Commanding
General, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), Fort
Bragg, North Carolina, from 2006 to 2007; Commanding General, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater),
USCENTCOM, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, from 2007 to 2008 and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations,
United States Army Materiel Command from 2008-2010.
According to Scott Ross, Director of SDDC’s Command Affairs, and coordinator for the Major General’s visit with the GRCC Raider football team, “Major General Leonard will share the story of when he was in Iraq and was in charge of a multi-national and multi-service group of people that had a mission that had to be accomplished because soldiers’ lives depended upon it. The ONE MIND, ONE HEART and ONE PURPOSE slogan helped bring this diverse workforce together and became the common theme that brought this team together.”
Ross played a key role in making this event actually happen. He says he was bringing a sweatshirt with the SDDC logo and 1M1H1P slogan on it to his father-in-law (who lives in Muskegon and happens to be a fan and good friend of Coach Annese) for Christmas when the idea of bringing in the Major General to GRCC occurred to him. “Almost like it was meant to be,” said Ross.
Major General Leonard will be addressing the football team at 11 AM on Thursday, August 18 in the cafeteria of the GRCC Student Center. The media and the public are invited to attend.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.