The voice of Saint Barbara’s

Story by Capt. Carla Getchell, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Lt. Col Walter J. Leaumont, deputy commander of the 138th Fires Brigade and Pfc. Samantha L. Jacobs with the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion, pose for a picture while attending the December 2014 Saint Barbara’s Day Dining-Out in Bardstown, Ky., Dec. 13, 2014. This is Leaumont’s last event before retiring in 2015, and it is Jacobs’ first event since joining the Kentucky National Guard in 2012. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Whitney Brown)

BARDSTOWN, Ky. Members of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade, and guests, attended the annual Saint Barbara’s Day Dining-Out Dec. 13 in Bardstown. For a few in attendance, the annual dinner was an inaugural event that will continue throughout their careers, but for one in particular it was his last as the master of ceremonies.

Lt. Col. Walter J. Leaumont, deputy commander and administrative officer, will retire in 2015, and this evening was his last as the voice of Saint Barbara’s; a position he earned in 2004 with his natural comedic timing and disk jockey voice. The only events he has missed were due to deployments to Afghanistan.

“I have attended since I was a lieutenant back in the ‘90s,” said Leaumont. “Back then it was a small event of around 60 or 70 people. Now we encourage all ranks from across the brigade to attend. This year we had over 500 attendees and many were below the grade of E6.”

Pfc. Samantha Jacobs, a cook with the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion, is one of those who attended the event for the first time. She enjoyed the event and plans on attending many more.

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Lt. Col. Walter Leaumont speaks during the annual St. Barbara’s Dining Out in Bardstown, Ky., Dec. 13, 2014. The event was Leaumont’s last before retiring in 2015.(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Whitney Brown)

“The people here are absolutely amazing, and everyone is so nice and has really helped me feel welcomed,” said Jacobs, who hopes to one day be inducted into the Order of Saint Barbara.

It is Soldiers like her who will go on to continue the traditions that were started by the senior officers and noncommissioned officers in the room that evening. Someone like her will go on to be the next voice of Saint Barbara’s.

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