The 2011 Joseph P. Cribbins Award was presented to Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Wallace, Director of Internal Review and Controls, United States Army Reserve Command, for his exemplary service to the U.S. Army and his significant contributions to the Army, AUSA and the local community.
Colonel Wallace served four decades in the active Army and Army Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Following his military service, he has continued to support the Army as an Army civilian through a variety of roles in finance and as an avid campaigner for our nation’s Soldiers.
Colonel Wallace served seven years as supervisory auditor for the 90th Regional Support Command prior to transferring to the Army Reserve Command’s Internal Review, where he rose to become the director of the organization. During the past year alone his initiatives have helped save the command an estimated $40 million, in addition to providing more than two hundred fifty noted non-monetary benefits.
His leadership was also a valuable asset in ensuring that the U.S. Army Reserve Command Internal Review’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) move from Fort McPherson, Georgia, to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, went smoothly without interrupting the organization’s mission.
Through his duties as an instructor at the U.S. Army Finance School, teaching courses to the Internal Review community and work as an adjunct professor in the private sector, Colonel Wallace has helped pass on his innovative ideas and skills to the next generation of financial professionals.
Colonel Wallace’s contributions to AUSA have also been significant. He has served as the Arkansas Chapter president, Greater Atlanta Chapter president and Georgia state president and is currently the vice president for Army Reserve/National Guard Affairs for the Braxton Bragg Chapter. He has also spent nine years as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors, serving on both the Reserve Affairs and Resolutions Committees, and was chairman in his final year on the Resolutions Committee. Wherever he has been involved with the organization, activity, membership and contributions to the community have skyrocketed.
Colonel Wallace has received numerous awards for his military and civilian work. For his military service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Carrying his high-caliber work over into his Army civilian role, Colonel Wallace has been awarded the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and Superior Civilian Service Award and has been selected as the Army Reserve Full-Time Auditor of the Year for three consecutive years.
It is with profound gratitude and appreciation that the Association of the United States Army presented the Joseph P. Cribbins Award to Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Wallace, a distinguished Department of the Army civilian employee, on the tenth day of October, two thousand eleven.