June 20, 2011

Virginia Guard Officer honored with MacArthur Leadership Award

From Staff Reports

ARLINGTON, Va. — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Army Chief of Staff, presented Capt. Shawn G. Talmadge of the Virginia Army National Guard with the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership award for exceptional leadership and service during a ceremony May 19 at the Pentagon. Talmadge, who serves fulltime with the Virginia National Guard's Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Emergency Response Force Package, was one of 28 officers selected from all active and reserve company grade personnel from throughout the Army who exhibit outstanding leadership, performance, and achievement.

"I'm extremely honored and humbled being a recipient of such a prestigious award," Talmadge said. "The CERFP had an incredible year, but it wasn't the result of my actions, but that of everyone from our interagency partners, our state leadership, the CERFP command team, the staff, and every CERFP responder on the team. No doubt, it was the teamwork that made everyone successful."

 

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Army Chief of Staff, presents Capt. Shawn G. Talmadge of the Virginia Army National Guard with the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership award for exceptional leadership and service during a ceremony May 19 at the Pentagon. (U.S. Army Photo by Darrell Hudson,  AMVID Civilian)

"Shawn Talmadge demonstrates ‘duty, honor, country’ in his service to our great nation, and he is one of the best among his peers proven by his receipt of the MacArthur Award,” said Brig. Gen. William R. Phillips, II, Virginia Army National Guard land component commander and previous MacArthur Award recipient. “His leadership style involves gathering input from his subordinates before making decision, treating people with respect, and putting trust and confidence into his NCOs to lead.”

"I'm thankful for the many opportunities provided me by my leaders, and also for their trust," Talmadge added. "It was my mentors that have offered counsel and guidance that have helped me learn. And I'm so thankful for my wife and children for their confidence and sacrifices over the years. These are my heroes, they deserve great recognition."

The General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award was established by the U.S. Army and the MacArthur Foundation 24 years ago to highlight junior leaders whose actions reflect those of duty, honor, and country ideals for which General MacArthur stood. Awardees were selected for exceptional accomplishment, a commitment to the nation, and a great understanding of leadership and values.

"General MacArthur was a tremendous athlete, scholar, leader and Soldier,” Dempsey said as he addressed the awardees. “He's legendary and to have your name mentioned in the same sentence as his says a great deal about you."

The award included the presentation of an engraved medallion, and a 15-pound bust of General MacArthur.

Phillips received his award in 1991 when he was the Commander of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, in Winchester, Virginia.

“It was one of the best events I have had the honor to attend in my 36 years of service,” Phillips said.

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