The General Thomas J. Stewart Medal shall be awarded to members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and Pennsylvania Air National Guard upon recommendation of their unit or organizational commanders, for one hundred percent attendance and excellence in drill, including annual field training, during any one year. Only one of these medals shall be awarded to any one individual.
Here’s the criteria for the medal from the PMR 672-1, dated 01 May 98:
General Thomas J. Stewart Medal
a. The General Thomas J. Stewart Medal will be awarded by The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania to eligible members of the Pennsylvania National Guard for excellence in the performance of duties while assigned to any unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard. A prerequisite for the award is one hundred percent attendance at all unit training assemblies and annual training during a training year (Oct-Sep). Constructive credit for annual training while on ADT/ADSW is qualifying service for this award.
b. Award will be made upon recommendation of the member’s unit commander by letter in two copies after the end of the training year to: The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, ATIW: MP-PSB. Only one of these medals will be awarded to any one individual.
The General Thomas J. Stewart Medal is a great way to recognize Soldiers who complete all drill assemblies and go above and beyond what is expected of them. If you know of anyone who has ever received this medal, or if you have nominated someone for this award, I would love to hear your story. Just leave a comment below to share your thoughts.