Quartermasters uphold traditions with regimental review, induct seven into hall of fame
June 21, 2012
FORT LEE, Va. (June 21, 2012) -- Retired Maj. Gen. Joe M. Ernst made it clear that achievement rarely comes without the support of others.
"None of us arrived here today alone," he said. "We've had mentors along the way, those who have helped us, guide us along in our careers in the military to enjoy the success that we have today."
Ernst was the guest speaker for the combined Regimental Review and Quartermaster Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that took place at the 262th QM Battalion Parade Field June 14. Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham and Command Sgt. Maj. James K. Sims, the Quartermaster General and Regimental Command Sergeant Major, served as the official party for the event.
Command Sgt. Maj. Charles E. Penn, 23rd QM Brigade CSM, served as commander of troops.
Ernst, one of seven inducted during the 2012 edition of the Hall, was brief but concise with his remarks, acknowledging past Hall recipients and extending thanks to those responsible for the nominations. He also thanked Families and the roles they play in supporting the recipients and all of those in uniform, making special mention of Cindy Hildner, widow of fellow inductee Brig. Gen. Terence Hildner… "who gave his life while serving in harm's way while serving in Afghanistan."
Hildner later accepted the Hall of Fame induction medallion on behalf of her husband. The other inductees were Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, commanding general, Army Materiel Command; retired Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Plewes; retired Maj. Gen. Thomas B. Arwood; Col. John E. Donaldson; and Lt. Col. Ralph D. Wells.
Bingham, the 51st QM General, said during her remarks that the inductees have made their individual marks while serving the interests of peace and humanity.
"The nation depends on its Army to help with recovery efforts in the wake of a natural disaster, to defeat enemy forces abroad or to defend the shores of our homeland," she said. "Today, we recognize Soldiers and leaders who have served our nation and our corps with great honor. Their Hall of Fame service continues even though they are no longer in uniform."
Dunwoody is the only inductee still on active duty.
In addition to the individual recipients, the Hall of Fame inducted four Distinguished Units of the Regiment. Bingham ceremoniously attached streamers to flags representing the Defense Logistics Agency Pacific (Korea); 184th Expeditionary Sustainment Command; Group Support Battalion, 1st Special forces Group; 35th Combat Sustainment support Battalion; and the 299th Brigade Support Battalion.
The Regimental Review included a pass in review consisting of units within the three battalions and Marines of the 23rd QM Bde. It took place on the artificial turf of a new battalion complex located on A Avenue adjacent to the Cardinal Golf Course.