Transporters recognize excellence
July 29, 2013
FORT LEE, Va. -- Transportation Corps Soldiers and civilians, past and present, gathered at Fort Lee to honor the accomplishments of their teammates July 25. To celebrate the 71st birthday of the Transportation Corps, Soldiers and civilians were recognized for their contributions during the regimental officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer and civilian of the year, Distinguished Members of the Regiment and hall of fame ceremonies.
The first ceremony, held at the Transportation School auditorium, recognized the Transportation Corps' officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer and civilian of the year. To be considered for this award, selectees must have exhibited exemplary performance of their duties throughout the year.
"A common thread running through the nomination packets of our award winners is their extraordinary performance while deployed," said Col. John P. Sullivan, Chief of Transportation and Transportation School commandant. "I think it's telling that their recommendations did not come primarily from fellow transporters and logisticians, but rather from the combat arms leaders in their respective chains of command."
Each of the recipients received a plaque in appreciation of their accomplishments.
The next part of the program honored 18 Soldiers and a civilian, as they were inducted as Distinguished Members of the Regiment. To be selected meant they had served honorably and with distinction during their Army careers. Inductees were a select group of individuals who made significant contributions to defense distribution.
In the final ceremony, 10 individuals and one unit were inducted into the Transportation Corps Hall of Fame at the Regimental Club on post. The inductees represented the ranks of officer, noncommissioned officer as well as a Senior Executive Service civilian. The 52nd Transportation Battalion, a historical unit, was also inducted into the hall of fame.
"The men and women we recognized here have truly played instrumental roles in shaping our corps into what it is today," Sullivan said. "We collectively owe our hall of fame inductees a huge debt of gratitude -- a debt our corps' future leaders must repay by continuing to keep our traditions strong and moving forward in the years to come."
Inductees were awarded hall of fame status by demonstrating a lifetime of exceptionally distinctive service to the Transportation Corps. The program was established to maintain and enhance the legacy of the corps and promote cohesiveness and esprit de corps.
Transportation Corps regimental officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer and civilian of the year.
Capt. Stephiney Y. Xie, 45th Sustainment Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Derrick R. Sonnier, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sgt. 1st Class Maria A. Caulford, U.S. Army Africa G4 (logistics) Mobility, Vicenza, Italy.
Capt. James S. Bundrick, 371st Transportation Detachment (Theater Opening Element), Fort Sheridan, Ill.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kenneth N. Styron, 824th Transportation Company, Morehead City, N.C.
Capt. Raymond L. Nagley, 1218th Transportation Co. commander, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Robert C. McClure, 1451st Transportation Co., Boone, N.C.
Civilian of the year
Jennifer R. Anderson, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Transportation Corps Distinguished Members of the Regiment. All the following recipients are retired Soldiers and civilians.
Col. Reggie Austin; Col. Christopher Barbour; Col. Jayne Carson; Col. Daniel Georgi; Col. Donald Hart; Col. Gregory Reid; Col. Randy Rosenberg; Lt. Col. Mary Ann Gilgallon; Lt. Col. Nancy Jo Hubbard; Lt. Col. Michael O'Bea; Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Semmes; Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Cline; Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Johnson; Sgt. Maj. Timothy Spencer; 1st Sgt. Archie Mackie, Jr.; Master Sgt. Alex Santiago; Sgt. 1st Class Joe Escalera; Sgt. 1st Class Charles Florence and Hiram Simkins.
Hall of Fame inductees. All the following recipients are retired Soldiers and civilians.
Lt. Gen. Robert T. Dail; Maj. Gen. Charles W. Fletcher, Jr.; Brig. Gen. Franklin J. Glunn; Brig. Gen. James Piner, Jr.; SES Patricia L. Kelly; Col. Gene A. Losa; Col. Joel L. McGrady; Col. Thomas W. Scrogin; Command Sgt. Maj. Dencil L. Gaines and Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Reid.