Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Horatio Gates Honorary

Purpose

To recognize the distinguished achievements and service of individuals who promote the objectives and purposes of the Adjutant General’s Corps as set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

Eligibility

Senior Officers / Warrant Officers, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, and Senior Civilians who normally would not be members of the Adjutant General’s Corps or affiliated with the Adjutant General’s Corps, when the recommendation is submitted.  Also, persons who have provided significant support to the Adjutant General’s Corps are also eligible.  Personnel may only receive this award one time.

Criteria

The Major General Horatio Gates Honorary Medal is awarded for distinguished achievement and service to the Adjutant General’s Corps, or Army Human Resources mission for:  introducing or significantly supporting new HR methods, improved techniques, and innovations to increase the efficiency of the United States Army while promoting high standards of proficiency; providing a forum for the mutual exchange and discussion of ideas and information of interest; promoting esprit-de-corps, cooperation and tradition; promoting leadership and enhancing military preparedness to meet the nation’s defense requirements; making improvements in the fields of personnel, administration, and human resources management, as well as postal operations, public affairs, recruiting and retention; and for researching, recording and perpetuating an understanding of the history of the Adjutant General’s Corps and the Association.

History

Horatio Gates was the first Adjutant General of the Army.  A gold medal was presented to Major General Horatio Gates by 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 colonies during the Revolutionary War.  A replica of the original Gold Medal honors Gates’ service and leadership.

Cost

$40.00, borne by the recommending authority.

Recommending Procedures

Any person having firsthand knowledge of an individual’s achievement and service, which meets the above criteria, can recommend that individual for this award.

Recommendations, in memorandum format, will be forwarded by email (preferred method) to awards@agcra.com or mailed to the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association, ATTN: VP for Awards, PO Box 10026, Fort Jackson, SC 29207-0026 as early as possible, but not later than 30 days prior to the requested presentation date.

Memorandum must contain contributions to the Adjutant General’s Corps or the Army Human Resources mission, as well as desired presentation date.  Recommendation must be endorsed by the local AGCRA Chapter President or senior Adjutant General Officer.  If no Adjutant General Officer is available, a senior Human Resources professional will endorse the recommendation.

Once the award has been voted by the AGCRA National Executive Council, payment may be made by check (payable to the AG Corps Regimental Association) or credit card.  Credit card transaction can only be processed by the AGCRA VP for Awards.

Approval Process

The National Executive Council will review award recommendations and base their vote on the merits of the achievement and service.  For 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 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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