The 2011 Major General James Earl Rudder Medal was awarded to Major General Curtis A. Loop, United States Army Reserve, 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.
Through decades of service to the United States Army Reserve, General Loop has distinguished himself as an able commander with a keen insight into improving and utilizing United States Army Reserve units. Over the years General Loop has tirelessly campaigned to increase the capabilities of the Army Reserve and worked to support our nation’s Soldiers.
While serving with the 104th Division as Assistant Division Commander of Operations and Support and Commanding General of Institutional Training, General Loop took great strides in improving the training and education of Reservists in the Pacific Region. Under his leadership the division restructured itself into a Total Army School System, expanding its area of operation from three western states to twelve, and greatly increasing the scope and quality of training. During his tenure the division successfully qualified more than 22,000 Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers for Military Occupational Specialties and prepared more than 43,000 Soldiers for future military service.
Following his time in the 104th Division, General Loop went on to serve as the Deputy Commanding General, Mobilization and Reserve Affairs for the Pacific Region, enabling him to promote the Army Reserve to regional partners and leaders.
For his outstanding service, General Loop has been awarded numerous decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.
Since leaving the Reserve, General Loop has continued his support for the Army. His work as a project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers included infrastructure risk assessments following 9/11. In 2007 General Loop was appointed as an Army Reserve Ambassador for Oregon, where he educates the public about the role of the Army Reserve and works with local legislative bodies on Soldier and family issues.
General Loop joined AUSA in 1966 and has since held numerous leadership positions, including president of the Columbia River Chapter and state president for Oregon. His activities through AUSA have helped support the region’s Soldiers and their families and fostered closer ties with the corporate and military communities in the area.
In recognition of his exemplary support for the United States Army Reserve and a seamless and component-integrated Army, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Major General James Earl Rudder Medal to Major General Curtis A. Loop on the tenth day of October, two thousand eleven.