April 27, 2010

Virginia Army National Guard recognizes top units

By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The top units in the Virginia Army National Guard were recognized April 24 at the Virginia National Guard Officers Association Conference in Williamsburg.

 

Maj. James S. Williams, executive officer of the 1030th Transportation Battalion, receives the Eisenhower Trophy from Brig. Gen. Stephen Huxtable, Assistant Adjutant General of Virginia for Army, on behalf of Capt. Keith McCluskey, the commander of the Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, April 24 in Williamsburg. The trophy is presented each year to the most outstanding unit in the Virginia Army National Guard. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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The Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company was awarded the Eisenhower Trophy and recognized as the most outstanding unit in the Virginia Army National Guard during the training year. The award is presented to the unit that ranks the highest in areas of assigned personnel strength, percentage of personnel qualified in their duty position, attendance at monthly drill weekends and annual training, individual weapons qualification scores and physical fitness test scores.

The 1710th was also recognized with the state-level Pershing Award for the highest marksmanship scores in the Virginia Army National Guard in annual qualification with assigned individual weapons.

The Adjutant General’s Cup was presented to the Hampton-based Headquarters Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion. The cup is awarded to the unit achieving the highest overall average in the areas of overall assigned personnel strength, attendance at monthly drill weekends and attendance at annual training.

“It is a real honor and privilege to present the awards to recognize this outstanding achievement, because earning these awards is no easy task,” said Brig. Gen. Stephen Huxtable, Assistant Adjutant General of Virginia for Army. “These awards are a clear indication that these units are more than ready to conduct their mission at either the state or federal level, and they are an outward sign of the hard work of the Soldiers and great leadership of the officers and NCOs in the unit.”

To be nominated for the Eisenhower Award, a unit must meet the criteria for the Superior Unit Award. To earn the award, the unit must maintain an assigned strength of 95 percent of authorized each month of the training year for which being nominated, maintain monthly drill attendance of 95 percent, attain annual training attendance of 95 percent, have 95 percent of all assigned personnel qualify with their assigned weapon and have 90 percent of all assigned personnel pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.

Units that earn the Superior Unit Award are also presented with the Excellence in Training Award. The Gate City-based Headquarters Detachment, 1030th Transportation Battalion also earned the Superior Unit Award and Excellence in Training Award.

The Eisenhower Trophy is named in honor of General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and is awarded by the Chief of National Guard Bureau to the most outstanding unit Army National Guard unit in each state.

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