The 2012 Major General James Earl Rudder Medal was awarded to Lieutenant General Jack Calvin Stultz, Jr., 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 nearly four decades of service to the United States Army Reserve, General Stultz has distinguished himself as a skillful leader and has left a legacy of transformation that has seen the U.S. Army Reserve evolve into a fighting force capable of confronting the challenges of today and tomorrow.
While serving as Chief, Army Reserve (CAR), General Stultz directed the successful realignment and completion of the major organizational moves directed by the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005. He used BRAC to better position Army Reserve forces to support current operations and decentralize some of the functions formerly managed at headquarters. He reduced the number of Regional Support Commands and established a structure which improved the ability of operational and functional commands to provide training and conduct oversight of their subordinate units—all in an effort to enable the Army Reserve to better support the Army and the Joint Force.
General Stultz also made efforts to increase support for the individual Army Reserve Soldiers and their families. Under his leadership, the Employer Partnership Office was established to manage employer partnerships with the Armed Forces Program. It sought to build relationships with industry partners and to establish training and employment programs that would benefit the Army Reserve, Soldiers and participating companies.
Along with his wife, Laura, General Stultz was completely committed to supporting Army Reserve Soldiers, especially at remote locations. He launched a menu of family programs intended to provide access to care, support and services to Army Reserve Soldiers wherever they reside. One such program, the Fort Family Program, provides 24-hours-a-day online and toll-free telephone access to experts who can help steer Army Reserve families to community and military support programs available to them locally. Another program, the Army Strong Community Center, helps support Soldiers, retirees, veterans and their family members who are geographically dispersed and do not have access to the services traditionally located at military installations.
As an exemplary Soldier, General Stultz has received numerous distinctions for his service, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
In recognition of his outstanding 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 Lieutenant General Jack C. Stultz, Jr. on the twenty-second day of October, two thousand twelve.