By Gregory Ripps, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade Public AffairsJuly 30, 2012
The 470th Military Intelligence Brigade S4 (logistics officer) received a unique honor in a brief Quartermaster Corps event in brigade headquarters July 24.
Jessica Lee was awarded a medallion of the Distinguished Order of St. Martin by Col. Ron Pulignani, Intelligence and Security Command ACOS, G4 (assistant chief of staff for logistics), symbolizing her admission into the "esteemed order of logisticians" of the United States Army Association of Quartermasters.
Pulignani, who nominated Lee for the honor, said it recognized her contributions to the Quartermaster Corps over approximately 25 years, including 22 years as a Soldier. He related that the order was named for a young, fourth-century Roman soldier named Martin who cut his cloak in two and gave half to a beggar. According to the story, Christ later appeared to Martin in a vision wearing that half of the cloak and commended his charity.
The image of Martin giving half of his cloak to the beggar "is reflective of what our Quartermaster Corps does in support of the Army," said Pulignani, who noted that military intelligence units are very challenging to support, both because of their numerous missions throughout the world and because of the leading-edge technology logisticians must supply them.
"Ms. Lee and her team have been phenomenal in supporting worldwide deployments and ensuring their missions will not fail," said Pulignani.
Lee, who served as a warrant officer for 15 years, has served the 470th MI Brigade as its S4 in a civilian capacity for three years. As the brigade logistics officer, she has played a key role in major, ongoing improvements to the brigade's vehicle maintenance area and facilities.
"I have a passion for my job," said Lee. "After I retired from the Army, I came back because I love working with Soldiers."