The 2012 General Creighton W. Abrams Medal for exceptional service to the United States Army was awarded to Major General Fredric J. Raymond, United States Army, Retired, for his outstanding service to America’s Army.
General Raymond served more than thirty years in the United States Army before retiring in 2001. Upon receiving his commission, General Raymond was assigned to lead a rifle platoon and reconnaissance platoon in the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam; he would later command an infantry company there as a captain. To this day, General Raymond still supports his Soldiers from his service in Vietnam; he has spent hundreds of hours combing the National Archives in an effort to restore commendations and medals for his Soldiers when the original nominations were lost in the tumult of war.
Following his service in Vietnam, General Raymond held a number of positions in the 3d Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group of the Florida Army National Guard and the 53d Separate Infantry Brigade—serving as commanding general of the latter from 1993 until 1998. After his promotion to major general, he went on to become the Deputy Commanding General for the First U.S. Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia, before being reassigned to U.S. Army Forces Command.
Over the course of his distinguished military career, General Raymond has received numerous awards, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
Upon retiring from the Army, General Raymond continued his work to benefit the Army and its Soldiers. In 2004 Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed General Raymond to the Florida State Commission for Military Veterans’ Affairs, where he was responsible for instituting state policies for better treatment of military veterans. He has also been involved with the Military Affairs Council of the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, bringing about greater military involvement in the community while bolstering the Chamber’s support and recognition of the troops.
General Raymond has also made significant efforts to further AUSA’s mission. Elected chapter president of the Suncoast Chapter in 2004, General Raymond accomplished a great deal in expanding the activities and membership of the chapter during his tenure. Under his leadership, the chapter annual golf tournament held in Fort Lauderdale just prior to the Winter Symposium has grown dramatically and has generated over one million dollars for Soldier support programs.
General Raymond’s other efforts include actively encouraging the local school board of Pasco County, Florida, to name a local school after SFC Paul R. Smith, a Medal of Honor recipient who gave his life to save his fellow Soldiers; expanding the chapter’s involvement with the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa; and bolstering awareness of and support for the Armed Forces Recreation Center Hotel at Walt Disney World. Recently, General Raymond chaired the Membership Subcommittee of the Reserve Components Committee of AUSA’s advisory board of directors, where he was instrumental in supporting the “Virtual Chapter” concept which AUSA national is currently pursuing.
In recognition of his exceptional service to the U.S. Army and its Soldiers, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the General Creighton W. Abrams Medal to Major General Frederic J. Raymond, Florida Army National Guard, Retired, on the twenty-second day of October, two thousand twelve.