The 2011 Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal was awarded to Major General Ansel M. Stroud, Jr., Army of the United States, Retired, for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Association of the United States Army’s goal of a seamless and component-oriented Army.
General Stroud enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1944 and was shortly thereafter commissioned a second lieutenant following his completion of Officer Candidate School. Serving more than fifty years in uniform, sixteen of them as the National Guard Adjutant General for Louisiana, General Stroud has dedicated his career to serving our nation and the fine men and women of the U.S. Army.
In 1977 General Stroud was selected to direct a Department of the Army study on full-time training and administration for the Guard and Reserve. The so-called “Stroud Study” paved the way for turning the Guard and Reserve into an operational force and served as the basis for the Active Guard Reserve program.
General Stroud has received numerous decorations for his exemplary military service, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and Army Commendation Medal. He has also received the Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal, the Louisiana Cross of Merit and the Louisiana War Cross.
With decades of involvement with the Association of the United States Army, General Stroud has shown true dedication to the values and goals of the association. Serving as president of the New Orleans Chapter, state president of Louisiana and a longstanding member of both the Advisory Board of Directors and the Council of Trustees, General Stroud has had a profoundly positive impact on AUSA. He continues his commitment by working with the Leonidas Polk Chapter to help revitalize the chapter.
Through his chairmanship and support of the National Guard and Reserve Affairs Committee, General Stroud has done a great deal to further AUSA’s relevance and credibility on Guard and Reserve issues through his tireless pursuit of reserve component-related resolutions covering issues from providing better benefit support for Guard and Reserve Soldiers at home to ensuring that they have modernized equipment when deployed.
General Stroud’s continued commitment to National Guard Soldiers extends well beyond his role in AUSA. He has been an active member of both the Adjutants General Association and the National Guard Association of the United States, serving on the executive council of both organizations as well as president of the latter.
It is with sincere gratitude and the highest regard for his unparalleled service to our nation and the Army National Guard that the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal to Major General Ansel M. Stroud, Jr., Army of the United States, Retired, on the tenth day of October, two thousand eleven.