The Association of the United States Army, in conjunction with the National Guard Association of the United States and the Reserve Officers Association, presented the annual Walter T. Kerwin Jr. Award to units from the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.
The presentations were made by Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Luncheon held during the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Oct. 26.
The Kerwin Award for readiness and training for the outstanding Army National Guard unit for training year 2009 was presented to the 1030th Transportation Battalion, Virginia Army National Guard.
The battalion demonstrated its excellence through its planning and execution of innovative training while maintaining the highest standards.
Soldiers completed training that was well planned, well resourced and safely executed that resulted in a battalion that was comprised of personnel who were highly motivated and ready to answer the call.
The award was accepted by, Lt. Col. Douglas Messner, battalion commander, and 1st Sgt. Ernest Miller.
The Kerwin Award for the outstanding U.S. Army Reserve unit was presented to the 1st Legal Support Organization, San Antonio, Texas.
This unit, made up of eight teams all located in Texas, prepares personnel for mobilization and deployment to any potential operational environment by conducting ongoing training that addresses readiness requirements and taking care of soldiers
During the year, members of the unit were deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Fort Bragg, N.C., and other CONUS Army installations.
Lt. Col. Christopher Ryan, battalion commander, and Master Sgt. Pernell Sato, accepted the award.
Kerwin, for whom the award is named, is a former Army vice chief of staff who served as the first commander of U.S. Army Forces Command when it was established in 1976.
The command was charged with ensuring the readiness and training of all Army units in the United States.
Kerwin died on July 11, 2008. He dedicated himself and his command to the task of training and preparing for war not only the active component, but also reserve component – Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, units on which the Army must depend in a seamless environment.
The award plaques are engraved: "These Citizen-Soldiers have been Chosen as the Nation’s Best."