USAREUR officers awarded MacArthur Leadership award

Feb. 22, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active

U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling stands with USAREUR-level Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recipients during a ceremony here, Feb. 22. Three of the recipients were also chosen to represent USAREUR at the Department of the Army-level competition:  Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ou Saephanh and Capt. Christopher Mercado with the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Capt. Craig Halstead with the 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The GDMLA program was introduced in 1987 to recognize company-grade and junior warrant officers who demonstrate MacArthur's ideals of "Duty, Honor, Country," and have a proven record of extraordinary performance, leadership and achievement. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe formally recognized 15 officers for their excellence in leadership at the 25th Annual USAREUR-level Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award ceremony held at Campbell Barracks here, Feb. 22.

USAREUR Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling commended the Soldiers for their selfless service and dedication to leadership during the ceremony.
“These young leaders impressed me thoroughly. They are selfless and committed to what they are doing,” Hertling said concerning the execution of combat operations and the treatment of their Soldiers.
The GDMLA program was introduced in 1987 to recognize company-grade and junior warrant officers who demonstrate MacArthur's ideals of "Duty, Honor, Country," and have a proven record of extraordinary performance, leadership and achievement.

Three of the recipients were also chosen to represent USAREUR at the Department of the Army-level competition. They are Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ou Saephanh, officer in charge of the Sustainment Automation Support Management Office for the 24th Brigade Support Battalion, 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team; Capt. Christopher Mercado, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 170th IBCT; and Capt. Craig Halstead with the 172nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Halstead, commander of B Co., 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, believes that good leaders are able to focus on taking care of their Soldiers.

“A good leader has the ability to make a ripple effect in the Army through the positive leadership of today,”
Halstead said. “The next generations of leaders will give that back years down the road.”

The Sioux Falls, S.D., native was presented the GDMLA while on his R&R leave from his current deployment in Afghanistan, where he has been since July 2011. When asked about what Army value best represents leadership, he said selfless service.

“You give everything. The sacrifices you make to your family, to your country and to your subordinates,” Halstead said. “To take care of the people you serve with when you lead.”

The three winners will move forward to compete against junior leaders from other major Army commands, where only 25 officers and three warrant officers in the active, National Guard and Reserve components across the Army will receive the award.
For more information on the GDMLA program, visit the Army G-1 webpage.


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