The 2010 Major General James Earl Rudder Medal was awarded to Major General Alan Doyle Bell, United States Army 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.
Major General Bell is the true embodiment of a leader -- with nearly four decades of service to the United States Army Reserve, culminating with his assignment as Deputy Commander and Deputy Chief of Army Reserve for Operations, Readiness, Training and Mobilization.
In this demanding and pivotal position, he was responsible for individual and organizational readiness for an authorized force of over 207,000 Soldiers, while additionally being tasked with providing mission ready forces in support of overseas contingency operations.
Major General Bell was also the Commanding General, 81st Regional Support Command in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was in charge of the largest Army Reserve command, encompassing 25 percent of their units that provide the bulk of initial deploying units to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He was instrumental in guiding the Army Reserve in its all-important transition from a Strategic Force to an Operational Force while giving freely of his time and talents to ensure that Soldier and Family issues were addressed and resolved in these critical times of multiple deployments and high operating tempo. He understands that the well-being of the Army family is key to increased readiness.
Major General Bell, realizing the need for a strong Army Reserve, improved end strength by implementing targeted initiatives to include the Army Reserve Recruiting Assistance Program and the Critical Skills Retention Bonus.
Years of dedicated and faithful service to our nation have made Major General Bell a lasting legacy worthy of the highest praise as he works tirelessly for a seamless force in an era of persistent conflict. In July, 2010, Major General Bell was appointed to his first term as Army Reserve Ambassador for Georgia.
In appreciation of his contribution to our nation and the Total Force Army, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Major General James Earl Rudder Medal to Major General Alan Doyle Bell on the twenty-fifth day of October, two thousand ten.