Awards & Recognition

A Brief History of the Congressional Medal of Honor

While it can be said that almost every Soldier and American is aware of the Congressional Medal of Honor and the honor that it bestows on those who have earned it, quite the opposite can be said about the knowledge of the history behind this prestigious award.  While its history is very vast and detailed, …

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The Ricky Chicken Award in F Company, 128th BSB

One of my biggest accomplishments as a Company Commander was to establish the “Ricky Chicken” Award. Ricky was a rubber chicken that became our company mascot.  I don’t have a “current” picture of the actual rubber chicken (Ricky), but he looked something like the chicken in the photo below.  I acquired Ricky Chicken about a …

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Honorable Ancient Distinguished Order of Saint Martin Award for Army Quartermaster Personnel

The Order of Saint Martin is a prestigious award for Quartermaster Personnel in the U.S. Army.  The award was created in 1997 as a way to recognize service members (and civilians) serving in the Quartermaster Corps for their dedicated service to the Corps.  To be eligible for the award you can be Active Duty, Reserves, …

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Gift Ideas for Army Promotions, ETS and Retirement

In today’s post, I would like to share some gift ideas for Army promotions, ETS and Retirement.  I truly believe that if you have people working for/with you, you should recognize their efforts whenever possible.  This especially holds true when it comes to ETS, promotions and retirements.  The last thing you want is someone to …

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The Army Achievement Medal: Common Questions and Answers

As a small unit leader, I believe that you should educate yourself about the Army Achievement Medal.  This medal is a very effective “reward” or “tool” to praise and recognize your soldiers for doing a good job.  And when used properly, it can have a major positive impact with the morale in your unit. History of …

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DA Form 638: Recommendation for Award Information and Tips

DA Form 638 (Recommendation for an Award) is one of the most underutilized forms in the Army.  This form is used for submitting soldiers for awards such as an Army Achievement Medal or Army Commendation Medal.  To be utilized properly all someone has to do is fill out the form, type up a few achievement …

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