Three U.S. Army Europe officers honored with MacArthur leadership awards

Feb. 21, 2013

By Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

- Awards ceremony photos on U.S. Army Europe's Facebook page
- Information on the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards on the U.S. Army personnel website

HEIDELBERG, Germany – U.S. Army Europe recognized three Soldiers at the 26th Annual USAREUR-level Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award ceremony, here, Feb. 21.

The winners are:

Capt. William Murray II, a native of Santa Clara, Calif., was nominated while serving as a commander for 42nd Clearance Company, 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade out of Bamberg, Germany

Capt. James Perkins, a native of Plymouth, Mich., was nominated while serving as a commander for A Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade out of Grafenwoehr, Germany

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ryan Wilcox, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, was nominated while serving in the 1st Battalion, 503rd infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team out of Vicenza, Italy

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.

Guest speaker for the event, USAREUR Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, cited the hard work and dedication of this year’s winners.

“Duty. Honor. Country. These are the very same values we honor here today, epitomized in these fine young leaders that stand before you,” Campbell said. “They represent some of the best junior officers from our USAREUR team. These are the leaders that represent these principles on a daily basis.”

Wilcox was excited and grateful for receiving this year’s award.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by my unit and USAREUR, whom I have served with for four and a half years, deploying with twice and countless rotations to Grafenwoehr.”

Perkins recalled what helped him to be his best.

“There was a lot of hard work by a lot of great Soldiers and NCOs that has gotten me to this point. Mentorship from my entire chain of command along the way,” Perkins said. “So I am very thankful for everyone who has helped me to this point.”

He also gave his advice to other junior officers who aspire to earn this award.

“Listen to your [team] put their needs ahead of your own. Take care of them and everything will come together,” Perkins concluded.

The three winners will move forward to Washington, D.C., 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.

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