RICHMOND — Logisticians from around Virginia gathered Aug. 10-14 for the annual Logistics Training Workshop at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach and presented two annual awards to Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard.
The two awards presented were The Donnie W. Clements "Taking Care of Soldiers First" award and The Charles D. Taylor "Excellence in Logistics" award.
The Donnie W. Clements award was presented to Staff Sgt. Gene Simmons, supply sergeant for the 229th Chemical Company. The award is presented to the unit supply sergeant who has best exemplified the award’s motto over an extended period, or career.
The Charles D. Taylor award was presented to Chief Warrant Officer Raymond Bowles of the 29th Infantry Division. This award is presented to a senior logistician who has been a major positive influence on the Virginia National Guard logistics community.
Simmons, recipient of the Donnie W. Clements award, has been a member of the Virginia National Guard since 2001. Since his career in the Guard began, Simmons has made it his goal to take the time to take care of every Soldier in his unit and in the Guard community to the best of his ability and to help out his fellow supply sergeants when the opportunity arises.
“Sgt. 1st Class Donnie Clements was a great Soldier,” Simmons said. “I feel that I still have much to learn and to give to the Guard community in order to meet the level of expertise, and dedication to duty that Sgt. 1st Class Donnie Clements had and gave to us in the Virginia Army National Guard.”
Bowles, recipient of the Charles D, Taylor Award has served almost 38 years in the military, with 34 years of service in the Virginia Army National Guard. Of his 38 years of outstanding service, 24 of those years have been as a Warrant Officer.
“I hold this award in the highest esteem since I truly respected Lt. Col. Charles D. Taylor,” said Bowles. “Lt. Col. Taylor and I basically grew up together in the Virginia Army Guard and I knew this gentleman for over 25 years.”
Bowles was asked why he thought he was presented the award.
“It is not what you have done in the current year that sets anyone apart but what has the individual accomplished with regards to Logistics and the Logistics community throughout his/her career and does the individual believe and live the ‘Total Team Concept?’” he said.