Dempsey emphasizes partnership during awards speech
April 5, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 1, 2011) - Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, former U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commanding general and soon-to-be 37th Chief of Staff of the Army, received the General of the Army Douglas MacArthur Award during a ceremony last night hosted by the Virginia Peninsula - General Douglas MacArthur Chapter of the Associated of the United States Army.
Dempsey recognized AUSA's partnership with the Army in providing scholarships, flags for retirees, support to wounded warrior programs, among other services.
"[It's] just an enormous amount of hard work you all do on behalf of our Army to tell our story," he said. "You keep us linked into America."
The MacArthur Award is the highest honor given by the chapter, it's awarded to a citizen who has contributed to national defense and cultivating the Hampton Roads civilian-military partnership through a commitment to service members and the local community.
In his time as the TRADOC commander, Dempsey oversaw the Profession of Arms campaign, the Campaign of Learning, the revision of the Army Concept Framework, and the Army Leader Development Strategy, among other accomplishments. He recognized the TRADOC team and leadership for their support.
"I'm accepting this award based on the efforts that [Lt. Gen.] Jack Sterling [TRADOC deputy commanding general and chief of staff], [Lt. Gen.] Mike Vane [director, U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center], Maxie McFarland [TRADOC G-2 intelligence], and those in this room that have made TRADOC the kind of engine and intellectual capital for the Army. And that's why I'm receiving this award, and that's also why I've been accepted to be the chief."
Dempsey, who will be sworn in as the next Chief of Staff of the Army on Apr. 11, reflected on the challenges ahead in his new role leading an Army in transition, and building on the legacy of those who came before him.
"We've been through these kinds of times before, and we'll get through these times now as well," he said. "But we'll do it because we'll do it together. We're going to get through this together."
Part of that legacy comes from a tradition passed down from MacArthur to the Chiefs of Staff of the Army. Dempsey will find MacArthur's Army staff badge on his desk on his first day.
"I'll display it proudly, and I'll try to live up to the legacy of those who have come since Gen. MacArthur. It's a legacy that's all about taking care of people, protecting our nation, promoting its vital interests and doing what's right because that's what the Army does," he said.
Several local Soldiers and instructors were also recognized during the ceremony:
- Robert E. Dorsey, U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School Civilian Instructor of the Year 2010
- Staff Sgt. Samuel Ofarril, U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year 2010
- Sgt. Brandon Manns, Fort Monroe Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 2011
- Spc. Robin Carlson, Fort Monroe Soldier of the Year 2011
- Staff Sgt. (P) Timothy Sarvis, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year 2010, Active Component
- Staff Sgt. Melissa Solomon, U.S. Army Drill Sergeant of the Year 2010, Reserve Component
- Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Kokkonen, U.S. Army Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant of the Year 2010
- Maj. Marie Burkart, Community-Based Warrior Transition Unit