Memorial for Bernard Trombley
Central Noble High Class of 1977

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Bernard Trombley
Graduation Year:
1977

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R.I.P - June 23, 2011\r\nMyong, Crystin, Brian, Mrs. Trombley, family members, friends and associates of Bernard H.\r\nTrombley, II.\r\nToday, we lay to rest a great American, an outstanding soldier, a superb system engineer, and a\r\ndear friend of all of us. Bernie influenced the lives of many. Let me tell you about the Bernie we knew.\r\nBernard Trombley, fondly known as Bernie, was a self-made man. Like most of us, he did not\r\ncome from a wealthy family who could send him to the “right” schools. He overcame this shortcoming\r\nwith his intelligence, his common sense and his tenacity. He believed in hard work. He never quit until\r\nthe task at hand was completed with perfection.\r\nBernie was reared in the patriotic state of Indiana. He joined the Regular Army in 1982. He\r\nretired from the Army as a senior noncommissioned officer in January 2003. We hired Bernie,\r\nimmediately, as a field engineer on the Northrop Grumman Technical Team, a part of the Mission\r\nCommand Training Program at Fort Leavenworth.\r\nHe started off with us as the lowest ranking engineer. Although he had limited formal training in\r\ncomputer system engineering, Bernie set out to prove himself. In nine years he rose to occupy one of\r\nour two senior system engineer positions. He was also lead engineer providing a higher command suite\r\nof servers and engineers to support OPS Group Charlie’s exercises.\r\nThere are many stories about Bernie’s successes while working for our company.\r\nHere is one.\r\nSeveral years ago, the MCTP Commander wanted to conduct a digital exercise with the 29th\r\nInfantry Division from Virginia. That meant he wanted an exercise conducted on computers rather than\r\non map boards. We had just started getting involved in digital command and control. Bernie came up\r\nwith a solution to accomplish the mission by conducting the exercise on notebook computers running a\r\nsoftware program called C2PC.\r\nAfter Bernie had presented the concept for a digital exercise, the 29th Division staff agreed to\r\nparticipate, provided we gave them five engineers like Bernie to train their soldiers and keep their\r\ncomputers operating. We agreed to give them only Bernie for the duration of the exercise. This first\r\nmajor digital exercise in MCTP was a smashing success, primarily due to Bernie’s efforts. We learned\r\nlater that Bernie provided around-the-clock support. He slept most nights in his pickup truck for only\r\ntwo or three hours. We estimate that he went home twice to take a shower. Bernie’s dedication to get a\r\njob done, was matched by few.\r\nBernie’s immediate family. Myong, you were the center of Bernie’s universe. His loyalty to\r\nyou could never be challenged.\r\nCrystin and Brian. Bernie wanted each of you to have the best opportunities possible. Going\r\nthrough your teenage years with Bernie may have been tough. But, the lessons he taught you will last\r\nforever. Each of you will be successful in life, because you have benefitted from the good advice and\r\ntraining that Bernie imparted to you.\r\nAlthough today is a sad day, each of us should rejoice for being touched by and associated with\r\nBernard H. Trombley, II.\r\nGod bless you, Bernie

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