Transportation Soldiers receive top honors
September 1, 2010
- Military Order of St. Christopher awarded to transportation leaders
- Order is highest honor in Transportation Corps, only the top 10% receive it.
Soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division's transportation office received the Military Order of St. Christopher during a ceremony at the Fighting First Dining Facility on Contingency Operating Base Basra Aug. 27.
The chief of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps approved the Honorable Order of St. Christopher to recognize Chief Warrant Officer Delilah Ramos, a native of New York serving as the 1st Inf. Div. mobility officer, and the Ancient Order of St. Christopher for Sgt. Maj. Paul Fisk, a native of Millville, Pa., the 1st Inf. Div. transportation sergeant major.
Maj. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general of the 1st Inf. Div. and United States Division-South, presented the award.
The Order of Saint Christopher was established with two levels, the Ancient Order and the Honorable Order. The Ancient Order is the more distinguished of the two.
Maj. Marie Pauley, the 1st Inf. Div. transportation officer, said only the top 10 percent of the transportation corps is awarded this honor for careers demonstrating professionalism of the highest caliber, devotion to the branch and steadfast to their mission.
St. Christopher, the patron saint of the Transportation Corps, symbolizes carrying the weight of the world's sins.
"The image of St. Christopher offers a fitting symbol of strength, loyalty and safety for transporters charged with moving the force, now and for all time" said Pauley reciting a portion of the military order. "Nothing happens until something moves."
"Their dedication, professionalism and passion to accomplish the mission," Pauley said of her reasons for nominating Ramos and Fisk. "They make great things happen."
Ramos said after 16 years of experience in transportation, being recognized today is more than an honor.
"Being recognized by my supervisor who appreciates my hard work and commitment to the mission," Ramos said, "I feel blessed and honored to be recognized."
The Army places high value on every Soldier demonstrating duty, honor and loyalty. In the case of Ramos and Fisk, their services and contributions to their field has paid dividends, not only to themselves and their unit, but to their country.