Capt. Javontka R. Branch of the Virginia National Guard was one of seven National Guard officers selected to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award Winners for 2005.
Each year since 1988, the MacArthur Foundation has presented 27 awards to outstanding company grade officers. The officers come from all components of the Army, are nominated by their MACOMs and compete through a centralized board. Thirteen awards are given to the active Army, seven to the Army National Guard and seven to the Army reserve.