Best of the best: Bradley Chapter of AUSA honors Soldiers, families

Photo: Sgt. Robert Larson, 4th BCT, 1st AD
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:39pm

The General of the Army Omar Bradley Chapter of the Association of the United States Army held their 34th Annual Leadership Awards banquet, April 4, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center on East Fort Bliss. The chapter recognizes those Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians who consistently demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Bradley.

The evening’s awards were separated into nine categories. Categories for individual and units were presented by chapter president Gus Rodriguez Jr., and guest speaker for the evening’s festivities, Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss commanding general.

Staff Sgt. Devin Jones, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, won the Active Component Enlisted category.
Jones was up against a first sergeant and three sergeants first class.

“I’m honored to win this award tonight,” Jones said. “Being the lowest ranking person on the list, I was not expecting to win.”

In the other categories, Garry Kendrick, Brigade Modernization Command, won the Department of Defense award. The Guard and Reserve Component Enlisted award went to Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Stevens, Company A, Warrior Transition Battalion.

The Officer categories were won by Capt. Sergio Hands, Directorate of Mobilization and Deployment for the Reserve component, and Capt. Ian McGregor, 1st Battalion, 77th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, for the Active component.

Several Fort Bliss units were also recognized during the ceremony. First Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st AD and 11th Air Defense Artillery were recognized for their contributions to Fort Bliss and El Paso communities.

One of the final awards given out, the Bradley Chapter Family of the Year Award, was presented to the family of 1st Sgt. Tommy Flores, 11th ADA. Flores and his wife Natalie were honored for the work with and commitment to Miracle League of El Paso, a sport league for children with disabilities.

“I am happy that my wife got recognized, because ‘family’ is the one that does it all,” said Flores.
According to Rodriguez, the chapter solicits names from 1st AD for the awards. Then, the award winners are picked from among the nominees, based on a set of board reviews done by the chapter.

The organization has experienced substantial growth in the past few years said Rodriguez, and he hopes the trend continues.  

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