Deputy receives presidential-level recognition
October 24, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command's deputy to the commander has been approved for the fiscal year 2012 Presidential Rank Award, Distinguished, an award that recognizes extraordinary long-term achievements among the nation's senior executive service and senior career employees.
Ronald E. Chronister is also among the only 1 percent of senior-level federal employees to achieve the Distinguished rank of the award.
"I was stunned and humbled when I found out about the award, but very honored," said Chronister, who joined the SES in 2005. "I am very appreciative of (retired) Maj. Gen. (James E.) Rogers for the nomination and Gen. (Dennis L.) Via and the Army Materiel Command for their support."
According to the Office of Personnel Management website, recipients of the award are strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.
"I feel that receipt of this award is pure and simple recognition of the accomplishment of the (Aviation and Missile Command) workforce and all they have done to support our Army, and I am proud of them for what they do and was proud to be their deputy," Chronister said. "It is also recognition of the support of my family, most notably my wife, Susan. Because of her demonstrated support to myself and our Army, this award belongs more to her than me."
Recipients are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by boards composed of private citizens, and approved by the president. Even though Chronister was nominated b y his former command, SMDC's commanding general recognizes his contributions.
"We are truly fortunate to have Mr. Chronister as a member of the SMDC/ARSTRAT team," said Lt. Gen. Richard P. Formica, SMDC commanding general.
In addition to a framed certificate signed by the president, recipients also receive a lump-sum cash award that is a percentage of their annual basic pay.