Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

Event Description

JON PANARESE CHAPTER

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

#654

VIETNAM VETERANS RECOGNITION DAY

SATURDAY

28 APRIL 2018

1000

LEJEUNE MEMORIAL GARDENS

GUEST SPEAKER

MRS. KATHLEEN POOLE

SPECIALIST 5

U.S. ARMY VETERAN

 

MRS. KATHLEEN POOLE

SPECIALIST 5

U.S. ARMY

Mrs. Poole enlisted in the United States Army in June 1965 right out of high school. She attended Basic Training at the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC) Center, at Fort McClellan, AL. She enlisted to be a Physical Therapy Specialist and in August 1965 she attended Combat Medic Training and the Physical Therapy Course at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Her first duty assignment was at Fort Lee, VA. She was assigned at Fort Lee from October 1965 to January 1967 when she was reassigned to Fort Devens Army Hospital in Massachusetts, a hospital especially designed to treat returning wounded soldiers from Vietnam.

 

As a result of her having worked with amputees and other wounded warriors, Mrs. Poole re-enlisted to attend the Military Personnel School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN as an avenue to get to Vietnam. In September 1969, Mrs. Poole arrived at the WAC Detachment, U.S. Army Vietnam (USARV) in Long Binh. Mrs. Poole was assigned to the 1st Logistical Command, where she stayed until May 1970 when the 1st LOG, as an Organization, was rotated back to CONUS. She remained in Vietnam and was assigned to the 18th Military Police (MP) Brigade.

 

In November 1970, after 14 months in Vietnam, Mrs. Poole returned to the United States and was assigned to Fort Stewart, GA. In that same year, she applied for, and was accepted, into the US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) program to become a Special Agent. Mrs. Poole was reassigned to the Fort Bragg, NC CID Office where she met and married her husband, also an agent.

 

In 1973, the Army did not have a “joint domicile” program allowing married service members to be assigned together. Shortly before marrying, Mrs. Poole was transferred to the CID Office at Fort McClellan, AL. She opted to accept an Honorable Discharge and left active duty after 8 years. While on active duty, she earned the Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.

 

Mrs. Poole followed her active duty husband to his assignments and in 1987, while in Germany, she was accepted into the Army’s Civilian Career Intern Program, where she became a Contract Specialist. In 1991, anticipating her husband’s retirement from active duty, Mrs. Poole began looking for a position in Contracting in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. With few prospects available, she applied for a civilian position within Army’s CID. Her unique skills as a contracting specialist, combined with her active duty training in criminal investigations, made her a natural choice to become a civilian Special Agent investigating Contract Fraud against the Department of Defense.

 

In 2000, Mrs. Poole was selected to be the Special Agent-In-Charge of Dallas Fraud Resident Agency. In 2009, she volunteered to join a major task force in Wash D.C. investigating multi-million-dollar contract fraud occurring in Afghanistan. She remained there until she retired in June 2012.

 

  1. Poole is married to Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer-4 Robert A. Poole and they reside in Hallsboro, NC. They have 2 children, Robert A II and Michael.

 

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