1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
B Company CO receives MacArthur Award
MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION BAGHDAD
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May 21, 2008
Regulars Bn. captain earns MacArthur Leadership Award
Spc. David Hodge
1st BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B
OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq A 15-pound bronze bust stands
atop its walnut pedestal
majestically glowing in the morning sunshine outside the nations military headquarters in Washington.
It Bears the face of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the honored World War II leader, and serves as a prestigious honor
for effective military leadership awarded to outstanding junior officers in the U.S. Army.
Each year, 28 Soldiers gather at the Pentagon to be presented the
prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award
for their demonstrated professionalism and for displaying the ideas for which the former General of the Army stood for:
duty honor and country.
OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq Capt. Edward Kennedy, the
commander of Company B,
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
Multi-National Division Baghdad, recently won a MacArthur Leadership Award May 14
for being an effective military leader amongst his peers. Kennedy is currently leading his company of infantrymen
while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad.
(Photo courtesy of Capt. Edward Kennedy)
those honored May 14 was Capt. Edward Kennedy, the commander of Company
B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Baghdad, who said he was as surprised as his Family
when he discovered he had been named as one of the awardees for this prestigious honor.
I tribute this award to the NCOs and officers who have
trained me over the years and made me the officer I am
stated Kennedy, a graduate of West Point Class of 2000. I was honored to be chosen,
but I was not aware of the selection process until after the fact.
packet was submitted without his knowledge by Lt. Col. Matthew
Elledge, his commander,
who serves with 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt., and it continued up the chain of command.
A Department of the Army Headquarters selection board announced his selection for the award.
awardees are chosen each year from the active Army component,
and seven are selected from both the Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
is currently deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi
where he leads his infantry company on various missions to provide a safe and secure environment for the people of Iraq.
it was not feasible for Kennedy to leave his Soldiers and return
home to receive his award,
his mother, Mary, became the only member of the awardees group to accept the award on someones behalf.
OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq
Mary Kennedy accepts a 2007 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award on behalf of her son
from Gen. George Casey, the Chief of Staff of the Army May 14 at the Pentagon in Washington.
Marys son, Capt. Edward Kennedy, the commander of Company B, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division Baghdad, was unable to accept the award himself
due to his deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Based on his effective military leadership as a junior officer,
Kennedy, a native of Danbury, Conn., was one of 28 Soldiers chosen as an award recipient.
(Photo courtesy of Don Kennedy)
I am exceedingly proud of him for his devotion to serving his
country, Mary said.
I wish he could have accepted the award in person, but I am honored to do it for him.
receiving the award, Mary went on a tour of the Pentagon, where
she met with Gen. George Casey,
the Chief of Staff of the Army. Later in the day, she attended an Association of the United States Army luncheon,
where she was presented a commemorative watch for her son.
am happy my mother was able to receive the award, said
Kennedy, who hails from Danbury, Conn.
She, along with my father, brought me up right and tried to instill a solid work ethic.
father, Robert, lost his life to cancer while his son served in
support of OIF in 2006.
Kennedy wished his father could be next to his mothers side during the ceremony,
but Mary said that she knows her husband was there in spirit,
adding that she knows that his father is looking down on him from heaven with a big, beaming smile, watching out for him and his Soldiers.
Ed is a very modest person, Mary said. I know he credits this award to the many wonderful people he has served with.
Family members and friends accompanied Mary to Washington for the ceremony so she would not be alone.
Overall, I just try to do my best, and I feel like I have achieved a lot over my lifespan, Kennedy said.
are a lot of accomplishments, friendships and moments like
the birth of my daughter
and graduating from West Point which I am proud of, he explained.
Kennedy said that his success as a leader is a
of the countless accomplishments of the many leaders, subordinates
and peers he has had the honor to serve with since enlisting in the Army.
To view a video of the award presentation click on the following link:
MacArthur Award Presentation
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