Fort Bragg receives awards during AUSA opening ceremony
October 10, 2011
WASHINGTON D.C.-- Several Soldiers along with members of the Fort Bragg community were recognized for excellence during the opening ceremonies at the annual Association of the United States Army Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C. Oct. 10.
Among those recognized was Command Sgt. Maj. Steven R. England, U.S. Army Ret., the recipient of this year's Sgt. Maj. of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal for exceptional service to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.
Throughout his career, England served as command sergeant major of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, command sergeant major of the 82nd Airborne Division and the commandant of the Fort Bragg NCO Academy.
During the ceremony, the Fort Bragg women's and men's 10 miler teams were also presented the Commander's Cup by the Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and the Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III for placing 1st place in the two active duty divisions.
Additionally, the Braxton Bragg, AUSA chapter from Fort Bragg, was presented an award for having the Largest Overall Membership out of all the AUSA chapters. Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, the deputy commanding general of XVIII Abn. Corps and Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Howard, the command sergeant major of XVIII Abn. Corps were presented the award on behalf of the Braxton Bragg chapter.
Also, the 82nd Airborne Division was recognized during the AUSA chapter awards for having the Largest Active Duty Division. The award was accepted by the rear commander Col. Mark Murray and the rear command sergeant major Command Sgt. Maj. Steven L. Payton.
Soldiers and members of the Fort Bragg community will be participating in several events during the duration of this year's AUSA Meeting and Exposition Oct. 10-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.