Babul To Lead N.C.
4th of July Festival Parade
June 26, 2008 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) -
4th of July Festival Committee recognizes our military’s
contribution to our continued independence and has chosen Colonel
Michael J. Babul as marshal of the 2008 Festival Parade. Colonel
Babul, Commander of Military Ocean Terminal, Sunny Point located
just North of
Southport will lead the festival parade, which steps off on
Moore Street in Downtown Southport on July 4th at 11am. For those
who will not be able to attend this year’s festival parade, WECT TV6
will televise the parade at 8pm on their station.
Colonel Michael J. Babul
enlisted into the United States Army Reserve in February 1970. He
received a Reserve Commission as an Infantry Officer after
completion of Officer Candidate School in 1979.
The majority of COL Babul’s
career has been primarily with Reserve Component assignments within
the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command community. Between
1983 and 1991 he served in a variety of positions to include:
Warehouse Officer; Pier Officer; Prestow Officer; and Terminal Team
COL Babul was mobilized with
the 1173rd Transportation Terminal Unit in 1991 in support of
Operation Desert Storm and served as Chief Load Planner of a
consolidated load planning section with the then Military Traffic
Management Command (MTMC) - Southwest Asia at the Port of Dammam,
Saudi Arabia. He returned from that assignment to later become a
Vessel Chief with the 1172nd Transportation Terminal Unit and
transferred to a similar position with the 1173rd Transportation
Terminal Battalion in 1993. He became the Chief of Operations of the
1173rd in 1997 and held that position through the end of 1999.
COL Babul assumed command of
the 1205th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion in January of
2000 and became familiar with the mission of Military Ocean
Terminal, Sunny Point. In July 2001, he returned to the 1173rd
Transportation Terminal Battalion to assume command of that
organization, but in October 2002 was mobilized to assist MTMC in
reorganizing its Reserve Component units. He subsequently attended
the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA and graduated in June
2004 earning a Master of Strategic Studies degree.
COL Babul had been serving as
an Individual Mobilization Augmentee, assigned as Single Port
Manager with the 598th Transportation Terminal Group until he was
called back to Active Duty in May 2005 for the purpose of assuming
his current assignment.
His awards and decorations
include the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters,
the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army
Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense
Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with
Hourglass and M device, Southwest Asia Service Medal with one
service star, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Army Reserve
Component Achievement Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters.
His military education
includes Infantry Officer Basic Course, Transportation Officer
Advanced Course, Traffic Management Course, Cargo Stowage and
Handling Course, Ocean Terminal Operations Course, Command and
General Staff College, and Army War College.
COL Babul completed his
undergraduate work at Rhode Island College and received a Bachelor
of Science degree in education in 1971. In 1975 he earned a Master
of Education degree in school administration from Providence
For a complete calendar of
festival events go to
www.nc4thofjuly.com or for more
information contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of
Commerce at 910/457-6964.
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