Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

MG Horatio Gates Bronze Medal

Purpose

To recognize the distinguished and extraordinary achievements and service of individuals who promote the objectives and purposes of the Adjutant General’s Corps “and” Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA) as set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

Significant achievements and service contributions to both the Army / Adjutant General’s Corps “and” AGCRA must be met for approval.

IMPORTANT – The award recommendation will automatically be returned by the AGCRA VP, Awards to the recommending official if there are no or insufficient AGCRA contributions.  Also, see the Criteria section below.

Eligibility

Any military or civilian personnel who is a member in good standing of the Association and who is a member of the Adjutant General’s Corps or other Human Resources professional, or affiliated with the Adjutant General’s Corps, when the award recommendation is submitted.  Personnel may not receive this award more than twice.

Eligibility Change Effective 1 April 2022 (in addition to the Eligibility requirements above)

1) AGCRA Members must have at least 12 months from receiving a previous COL Robert L. Manning Achievement or Horatio Gates Award, and;
2) The Gates Bronze Medal can only be awarded twice.

The VP, Awards on the AGCRA National Executive Council (NEC) has disapproval authority for any Horatio Gates awards that does not meet eligibility requirements.

Criteria

The Major General Horatio Gates Bronze Medal is awarded for distinguished achievements and distinguished service over an extended period of time to the Army / Adjutant General’s Corps “and” Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA).

In addition to providing AG Corps contributions, supporting the AGCRA is defined as supporting the local Chapter, which includes: holding or serving as a Chapter Officer or Committee Member and/or direct support to local Chapter activities by directly participating in membership drives, fundraisers, Association meetings, lectures, Chapter breakfasts, local AG Ball, or any other activities sponsored by the Chapter.

Exceptions apply only to current members who are in a deployed location without a local Chapter.

Note – AGCRA membership alone does not fulfill the significant service criteria for this award.  The Major General Horatio Gates Bronze Medal is the second-highest award authorized by the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association.

History

Horatio Gates was the first Adjutant General of the Army.  A Gold Medal was presented to Major General Horatio Gates by a Congressional resolution to commemorate his victories over the British in the Battles of Bennington, Fort Stanwix, and Saratoga.  These three key battles prevented the British from occupying the strategic Hudson Valley and isolating New England from the other former colonies during the Revolutionary War.

AGCRA created a Bronze Medal to recognize significant achievement and service to the Adjutant General’s Corps, Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association, and the Army’s Human Resources Community.  A replica of the original Gold Medal, cast in bronze, honors Gates’ service and leadership.

Cost

$35.00, borne by the Recommending Authority.

The price includes Medal Set and Shipping.  Shipping includes First Class or Priority.  You can purchase a Medal Set and Shipping at the following link:  MG Horatio Gates Bronze Medal

Note the following:

  • Before purchasing any AGCRA medal set, please “confirm” award approval with the AGCRA VP, Awards by e-mailing Awards@agcra.com.
  • Expedited, Express, or Overnight shipping costs are extra – contact Awards@agcra.com for details.
  • This award will not be shipped until approved by the AGCRA National Executive Council.

Recommending Procedures

Any person having firsthand knowledge of an individual’s achievement and/or service which meets the above criteria can recommend that individual for this award.  Using the AGCRA award nomination form (AGCRA Awards Nomination Form), award recommendations will be forwarded by email (preferred method) to the AGCRA Vice-President for Awards at Awards@agcra.com.  The VP, Awards will verify membership status, check the recommendation against the award criteria, place the recommendation before the NEC for approval, and then process the award certificate and medal.  The award recommendation must arrive as soon as possible but no later than 30 days prior to the requested presentation date.

The award recommendation must contain contributions to the Army / AG Corps “and” AGCRA, as well as the desired presentation date.  The recommendation must be endorsed by the local AGCRA Chapter President.  If there is not a local Chapter in your area, a senior Adjutant General Officer will endorse the recommendation.  If a senior Adjutant General Officer is not available, then a senior Human Resources professional can endorse the recommendation.

Once the award has been voted by the National Executive Council and approved, payment may be made via the awards link using a credit or debit card (preferred method).  Exceptions for payment method are on a case-by-case basis.  The AGCRA VP, Awards (Awards@agcra.com) can only process credit or debit card transactions for AGCRA award payments.

Approval Process

The National Executive Council will review award recommendations and base their vote on the merits of the achievement(s) and service.  For the approval of the recommendation, a simple majority of the members of the National Executive Council present and voting is required.

Certificates for approved recommendations will be provided to the President of the Association for authenticating signature.  When signed, the certificate and medal will be mailed to the recommending authority.  If mailing has to be expedited, recommending authority will cover the costs.

Announcement

Award recipients will be published in “1775″ and on the official AGCRA website.

Presentation

Presentation of medals and certificates will be made with an appropriate air of formality and at fitting ceremonies such as AG Balls, anniversary celebrations of the Adjutant General’s Corps, or AGCRA Chapter activations, activities, or retirement ceremonies.

Recording

All awards will be recorded by entering the recipient’s name, rank, and unit in a database maintained by the AGCRA VP for Awards.  This database will be reviewed as part of the approval process.

Revocation

In the unlikely event that information becomes known that a fraudulent award has been made, or dishonorable conduct is substantiated, the National Executive Council can revoke this award, annotate the database, and notify the individual of the action.

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