Babul To Lead N.C. 4th of July Festival Parade

Press Release

June 26, 2008 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) - The N.C. 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 Chief.

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 College.

For a complete calendar of festival events go to or for more information contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 910/457-6964.

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