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642nd Area Support Group

The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 21 September 2000, consisting of two diagonally crossed blue swords with points down on a buff field superimposed by a silver demi-ionic column bearing a red lightning flash; enclosed on the sides and bottom by a black tripartite scroll inscribed "DEDICATED AND RESPONSIVE" in silver. Buff and scarlet are the colors traditionally used by Support organizations. The column symbolizes support and strength. The red lightning flash embodies dynamic energy and swiftness of response and underscores the unit's motto. The swords are crossed to represent cooperation and teamwork and highlight military preparedness and the unit's support mission.

Building 39710 at Fort Gordon, GA was named Kvasnosky Hall in honor of Cpl. Frank J. Kvasnosky, a military policeman, who died on Omaha Beach D-Day, during the Normandy invasion June 6, 1944. Kvasnosky, who also fought in North Africa and Sicily, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star. The building is located off of 39th Street and Brainard Avenue and houses the United States Army Reserve 642nd Area Support Group.

Patience and perseverance assisted the Army in correcting a 44-year-old typing error 26 October 2000 when a family member of a World War II hero succeeded in getting a building named after his uncle corrected. Col. Michael J. DeBow, director of Public Works, said that he had met Richard Chiappelli in Darling Hall Oct. 18. While getting on the elevator, Chiappelli, nephew of the World War II hero, asked how he could get a building sign changed.

During the years when Fort Gordon was the home of the Military Police school, a new building was named after Cpl. Frank Kvasnosky. Chiappelli's paperwork indicated that the 1956 General Order naming the building misspelled the hero's name as Krasnosky. After proper documentation was shown, which included several of Kvasnosky's partially-burned records, DeBow said it took only 72 hours to have the sign re-made. Chiappelli had been trying to get the name changed since 1989. At the brief re-naming ceremony, DeBow said "Correcting the spelling on this building is the least we could do to honor this fallen hero. He gave his life for you and for me." Col. Charlette I. Roman, garrison commander, Maj. Joanne L. Beard, the deputy provost marshal and DeBow placed the new sign. Both Roman and Beard said they felt it was an honor and a privilege to participate in the ceremony.



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