USAREUR recognizes top junior leaders

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Feb. 25, 2010

U.S. Army Europe Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Robert D. Brown, stands with USAREUR 2009 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award winners Capt. Timothy Palmer, 172nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Lt. Christopher Raisl, 18th Engineer Brigade, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Ortiz, 172nd Infantry Brigade, after the awards ceremony on Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Feb. 24. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel J. Nichols
U.S. Army Europe Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Robert D. Brown, stands with USAREUR 2009 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award winners Capt. Timothy Palmer, 172nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Lt. Christopher Raisl, 18th Engineer Brigade, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Ortiz, 172nd Infantry Brigade, after the awards ceremony on Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Feb. 24. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel J. Nichols

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe formally recognized the leadership excellence of 13 junior officers at the 2009 USAREUR-level Gen. Douglas MacArthur Awards ceremony held at Campbell Barracks here Feb. 24.

USAREUR Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Robert D. Brown commended the Soldiers for their outstanding leadership and dedication to duty during the presentation.

“You’re being recognized as the best in U.S. Army Europe,” Brown told the nominees. “I’ve served with a couple of these folks in Iraq, and I can tell you they were top notch.”

The Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award was introduced in 1987 and is presented annually to company-grade and junior warrant officers who demonstrate MacArthur’s ideals of “Duty, Honor, Country” and have a proven record of performance, leadership and achievement.

Three of the honorees were also chosen to represent USAREUR at the Department of the Army level competition. They are: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Ortiz and Capt. Timothy Palmer with the 172nd Infantry Brigade, and 1st Lt. Christopher Raisl of the 18th Engineer Brigade.

Palmer, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, believes motivation is a major factor in being a good leader.

“Motivation is really the key of all leadership because if you have a motivated force they can accomplish anything,” said Palmer. “You tell them to follow you to the gates of hell and they’ll beat you to the top of the hill. So it just depends if your guys want to be there or not. If you take care of them, they’ll want to be there and you’ll want to be there because it’s just fun.”

Brown also accredited the family members and spouses as a large part of their Soldier’s success.

“Thank you to the family members and the spouses because we all know again we couldn’t do it without you, and they wouldn’t be as effective without you, and that at any point you could have said ‘no I’m tired of this, let’s go do something easy’. But you let them do the tough jobs, so we’re grateful,” the general said.

The three winners will now compete against junior leaders from other major commands throughout the Army, with DA announcing the winners sometime in March 2010.