|Command Sergeant Major |
Jimmie W. Spencer, USA, Ret.
Director, Noncommissioned Officer
and Soldier Programs
Command Sgt. Maj. Donald H. Devine, USA, Ret., has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the William G. Bainbridge Medal.
Devine was selected for his 54 years of selfless service to America's Army – both in and out of uniform.
The medal, named in honor of its first recipient Sgt. Maj. of the Army William G. Bainbridge, is awarded annually at the opening ceremony of the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition to a noncommissioned officer – active, reserve component, or retired – who has made significant contributions to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps and the community.
Devine's military career began during the Korean War as an infantryman, serving as a squad leader and platoon sergeant in the 8th Infantry Regiment and the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division. At the end of the war, he left the Army to complete his education.
He returned to the service to participate in the Vietnam War.
Assigned to Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, he served as a senior operations and training adviser to the South Vietnamese Army. After he retired from active duty, Devine continued to serve the Army as a Department of the Army civilian employee.
As the course manager and training developer for the NCO Academy and Drill Sergeant Course at Fort Knox, Ky., he helped pioneer Distributed Training and Distance Learning for armor and cavalry noncommissioned officers.
Serving as a vice president of the Association's Fort Knox Chapter, Devine has been a “superstar” in both the military and civilian communities.
For over a decade, he has planned, orchestrated and executed all aspects of the Fort Knox Chapter's participation at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition.
He has worked to raise funds to help support taking as many soldiers as possible to the nation's capital for this important professional development and educational forum that now attracts over 30,000 AUSA members and guests.
Devine has also pursued and has been instrumental in raising funds to improve and enhance the chapter's goal to support programs and projects that directly affect and benefit soldiers and their families during these turbulent times. Last year, the Commonwealth of Kentucky selected Devine to serve as the Army's representative on the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Affairs.
He also serves as the Secretary for Kentucky's Joint Executive Council of Veterans' Organizations.
“He has worked within and outside these organizations to improve the benefit delivery systems for retirees and veterans in this state while concurrently working to recruit and retain members for AUSA,” Bob Raush, vice president and chairman of the Fort Knox Chapter Awards Committee, said.
Raush added, “His handle within the chapter is 'The Man,'a nickname which is well earned as he goes from dawn to dusk, 24-7, tirelessly giving of his depth and breadth of knowledge of the Army in support of AUSA goals and objectives.”
Devine is a leader, mentor and role model for countless generations of soldiers and noncommissioned officers.
He has clearly left his mark on the soldiers of the 21st century.
He followed a distinguished military career with an equally impressive career of community service after retiring from the Army.
Congratulations CSM Devine.
You are truly deserving of this prestigious award for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the NCO Corps, the Fort Knox military and civilian communities and America's Army.
Well done for all of us whose lives you have touched.