September 19, 2004

Infantry Battalion earns Reckord Trophy and Kerwin Award

 

Maj. John Epperly and Lt. Col. Tom Wilkinson receive the Reckord Trophy from Brig. Gen. Robert V. Taylor, (Michigan) former NGAUS Vice Chairman, Army.

The 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division was recently awarded the prestigious Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord Trophy. Lt. Col. Tom Wilkinson traveled to Las Vegas, Nev. this week to receive the award, which was presented during the annual conference of the National Guard Association of the United States.  Wilkinson was the battalion commander of the 2nd Battalion when the criteria for the awards were achieved. The unit also will receive the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award on Oct. 26, 2004 in Washington, D.C.

In a letter to the Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, Maj. Gen. Claude A. Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, wrote:

I am particularly proud of and applaud the accomplishments of the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry in their earning the Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. Readiness Award and the Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord Trophy.  This achievement speaks volumes about the dedication, professionalism, and patriotism of the soldiers and leadership of the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry.  The recognition of these awards is directly the result of the accomplishments of the soldiers at all levels of the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry.  The effort put forth by these soldiers assures that the Virginia Army National Guard continues to lead the pack!  Please extend my appreciation and congratulations to the soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry.  I look forward to continuing to serve with them in TEAM VIRGINIA!

The Walter T. Kerwin Readiness Award is presented jointly by the National Guard Association, the Association of the United States Army, and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States to the Army National Guard unit with the highest level of readiness in the country.  The Major General Milton A. Reckord Trophy is presented annually to only the very best Army National Guard unit. 

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