The 2009 Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal was awarded to Command Sergeant Major Larry D. Pence, U.S. Army Retired, for his outstanding contributions to the Association of the United States Army’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.
He has been a champion of integrating active and reserve forces into a seamless whole throughout his 28-year military career and continues to do so in retirement. As a former Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard, he played an instrumental role in representing noncommissioned officers and enlisted Soldiers during a time of major restructuring in the Army National Guard.
Selected through a nationwide search, he was appointed Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director of the Army National Guard. In this role, he served as a principal member of several national councils and panels, to include the Department of Defense Reserve Forces Advisory Council. As a member of the advisory council, he tackled a broad range of issues, including the integration of the active component with the reserve components.
Since his retirement in April 1997, Sergeant Major Pence has been actively engaged in training issues for the Army National Guard as a senior project manager and Army National Guard integrator for the training resource model at CACI Inc.–Federal. He is responsible for the development and preparation of special production runs and the development of Army National Guard operational tempo requirements for the budget cycles.
In May 2006, Sergeant Major Pence co-founded a therapeutic horseback riding program for wounded warriors in coordination with Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This program led to a collaborative effort—known as NARHA Horses for Heroes—between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Thanks to his tireless work and firm dedication to the cause, there are now 60 therapeutic riding centers across the nation involved in serving veterans, one of which is based at Fort Myer, Virginia.
He is currently a member of the NCO and Soldier Programs committee of the AUSA Advisory Board of Directors. In this role, he ensures that the Army National Guard has a voice in the activities of the committee.
With sincere appreciation and the deepest respect for his service to “America’s Army: The Strength of the Nation,” the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal to Command Sergeant Major Larry D. Pence, U.S. Army Retired, on the fifth day of October, two thousand nine.