The 2012 Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal was awarded to Major General Raymond W. Carpenter, South Dakota Army National Guard, 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.
General Carpenter began his military career by joining the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1967. A short time later he would join the Navy, where he learned Vietnamese before being assigned in Danang, South Vietnam. Upon completion of his Navy service, General Carpenter returned to the South Dakota Army National Guard, where he received his commission in 1974.
General Carpenter has commanded Soldiers from his commissioning through his time as a colonel. In 1993 he became the executive officer of the 5,000-plus Soldier Task Force Rushmore, which was sent to Panama on a humanitarian mission to build 27 kilometers of road and rebuild 10 schools and 14 clinics.
During his 29-month tenure as acting director of the Army National Guard, General Carpenter was responsible for executing a budget of nearly $40 billion dollars, procurement of over 300,000 units of equipment, the recruitment and training of 100,000 Soldiers, and the mobilization and deployment of 80,000 Soldiers. In addition, Army National Guard Soldiers were deployed to support the surge in Afghanistan and the withdrawal from Iraq; they also provided assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Joplin Tornado and the BP Deep Water Horizon Gulf oil spill. General Carpenter retired in 2011 after having served over 44 years in uniform.
General Carpenter has received numerous decorations for his exemplary military service, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and a number of South Dakota Army National Guard medals and citations. For his support of the Army Corps of Engineers, General Carpenter was awarded the U.S. Army Engineer Association Silver de Fleury Medal.
It is with sincere gratitude and the highest regard for his unparalleled service to our nation and the Army National Guard that the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Lieutenant General Raymond S. McLain Medal to Major General Raymond W. Carpenter, South Dakota Army National Guard, Retired, on the twenty-second day of October, two thousand twelve.