Quartermasters honor hall of fame inductees, distinguished members
June 12, 2013
By Amy Perry
FORT LEE, Va. (June 12, 2013) -- The Quartermaster Corps honored its Hall of Fame inductees and several Distinguished Units of the Regiment during the annual Regimental Review June 6 at the 262nd QM Battalion Parade Field.
Sixteen former quartermasters were honored along with three units.
Brig. Gen. John E. O'Neil, the Quartermaster General, said that those being inducted made magnificent contributions and he was honored to recognize them.
"They provided game-changing solutions in their time that endure in our Army today," said O'Neil. "This exceptional group of leaders is forever woven into the fabric of our corps.
"These leaders paved the road we currently travel," he continued, "as they were the strategic leaders of our corps who set conditions enabling success and supporting victory."
Several organizations were also recognized during the ceremony as Distinguished Units of the Regiment: the Group Support Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. The 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) was also named as a distinguished unit, and will be honored in a ceremony later this year.
"Today, we recognize two quartermaster units that join an elite group of only 112 others in our corps' history that received the highest recognition our regiment can bestow," said O'Neil. "We are all so very proud of each unit's significant accomplishments in battle."
Retired Maj. Gen. Barry D. Bates said it was an honor to speak on behalf of the 16 inductees to the Quartermaster Hall of Fame.
"Thanks to all who have contributed to making this day special for us," Bates said. "We will do our best to live up to the honor you have bestowed upon us."
Bates made special mention of retired Maj. Gen. John E. Long, the most senior of the inductees.
"The path that (Long) blazed throughout his career brought credit and respect to our corps and us all, and we are in his debt," he said. "General Long, sincere thanks to you for your leadership and the example of professionalism that you provide to us all."
After the Regimental Review, the U.S. Army QM Foundation hosted a Regimental Honors Program Reception. During the ceremony, the organization recognized the new Distinguished Members of the Regiment and the Honorary Members of the Regiment. After being named as an honorary member, Betty Bishop and Pat Sigle were named as distinguished members. Only honorary members and those from the QM Corps can be named as distinguished members.
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