Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association

Shields Up! Defend & Serve!

Most military organizations have unique greetings and responses, but until now the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association has not had its own.

But, it does now:  Shields Up!  Defend and Serve!

During this year’s Fort Carson AG Ball, The Adjutant General of the Army, BG Hope Rampy was the guest speaker.  During her remarks, she mentioned AG Soldiers holding their “Shields Up” – meaning doing whatever was required to support the War Fighter.

During his speaking engagements, the Army G-1 Sergeant Major, SGM Mark Clark, tells Soldiers if you’re proud to be AG then reply, “Defend and Serve!”.

During the PT session at the recent AG CSM/SGM Workshop at HRC, Fort Knox, SGM Clark combined these two phrases when speaking to the AG CSMs/SGMs and stated, that as a means to recognize the hard work and experiences shared amongst Army HR professionals, we would use the term mentioned by BG Rampy, “Shields Up!”, when greeting our HR Soldiers and they should respond with “Defend and Serve!”

Let’s all follow the lead of The Adjutant General of the Army and the Army G-1 Sergeant Major and adopt this greeting and response.

Shields Up! Defend and Serve!

On Tik Tok (see link below), SGM Clark is also seeking the most motivated rendition of “Shields Up! Defend and Serve!” Can your unit/organization meet the challenge?

Tik Tok Link

AG Corps of the Year Winners

The AG Corps of the Year winners were recognized at the National AG Ball held on June 3, 2022, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC. They are pictured below.

Unable to attend the National AG Ball, but winning the John J. Dinnien Civilian Award for Excellence is Mr. Timothy D. Roberts, AG Civilian of the Year, USAG Bavaria.


Receiving the LTG Timothy J. Maude Medal for Distinguished Achievement is CPT James W. Broadwell (center), AG Corps Officer of the Year. Also pictured are COL Marcus A. Motley, Chief of the Corps, and Mrs. Teri Maude. CPT Broadwell is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

Receiving the CW5 Daniel J. Logan, Jr. Medal for Distinguished Achievement is CW2 Lia T. Wright (center), AG Corps Warrant Officer of the Year. Also pictured are CW5 Mark W. Hickman, CWO of the Corps, and Mrs. Linda Logan. CW2 Wright is assigned to the 1st BCT, 82nd Airborne Division.

Receiving the SGM Larry L. Strickland Medal for Distinguished Achievement is SGT Nolen E. Bilbo (second from left), AG Corps NCO of the Year. Also pictured are SGM Robert Atkinson (left), EPMD SGM, HRC, and the previous AG Corps CSM; CSM Tamika L. DeVeaux (second from right), the current AG Corps CSM; and MSG Maria Hernandez. SGT Bilbo is assigned to 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).

Receiving the SGM Larry L. Strickland Medal for Distinguished Achievement is SPC Kevin C. Minogue (second from left), AG Corps Soldier of the Year. SPC Minogue is assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Receiving the John J. Dinnien Civilian Award for Excellence is Mr. Mark K. Martin (center), AG Corps Senior Civilian of the Year. Also pictured are SGM (Ret) Rebeca R. Kennedy, Co-chair of the National Ball Committee, and Mr. Ward D. Ward, Deputy Commandant, AG School. Mr. Martin is assigned to HQs, 10th Mountain Division.

Receiving the Esther De Berdt Reed AG Corps Spouse of the Year Award is Mrs. Barbara Lercara-Wyatt (center). Also pictured are COL Marcus A. Motley, Chief of the Corps, and Mrs. Sharon Motley. Mrs. Lercara-Wyatt is the wife of CPT Wyatt, assigned to HHC, 369th AG Battalion.


Where in the World are the Monje’s?

AGCRA has a goal of touching all corners of the Army, from South Korea, Alaska, Hawaii, the Continental U.S., Europe, to the Middle East.  But why stop there, let’s take AGCRA global! 

And so they’re back as we once again have asked COL (Ret) Nick Monje and his wife LTC (Ret) Dianne Monje to carry the AGCRA logo to as many exotic places as possible… so where in the world are they?  Scroll down…














Nick and Dianne recently attended a wonderful family wedding and reunion in Arkansas.  Their photo was taken at Sunset Point atop Mount Nebo National Park, Arkansas.

Mount Nebo National Park is situated in the Arkansas River Valley just 45 minutes from Arkansas Wine Country.  This state park sits atop the 1,350-foot Mount Nebo.  Within the park, the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the rustic-style cabins, pavilions, bridges, and 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.  Cabin 1 was the first cabin rental in Arkansas state park history.  Twelve of the park’s 15 cabins are located along the bluff and have views of the river valley below.  Most of the campsites do as well.  There are 34 campsites (24 Class B and 10 hike-in tent sites).  Other facilities include a swimming pool (fee required), tennis courts, picnic areas, pavilions, and a visitor center with a gift shop.

Mount Nebo State Park is also a certified Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Site.  Mount Nebo, overlooking the Arkansas River from the south, witnessed the removal of all five of the Indian tribes that were removed along the water route of the Trail of Tears.  Mount Nebo offers panoramic views of the Arkansas River from the Rim Trail.  Learn more about the Trail of Tears in Arkansas state parks.

Nick and Dianne are also planning another overseas trip in the Summer of 2022.  So where will their ‘Bucket List’ take them next?

OK, so now it’s your turn… take a photo of yourself with the AGCRA logo below at a unique location, be it CONUS or OCONUS, and send it to and we’ll share it with our members.

Editor’s Note – COL (Ret) Nick Monje is an AG Corps Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2011, and a Distinguished Member of the AG Corps.  His 29-year Army career included command and senior AG leadership assignments and culminated with duties as the Commander / Director, Personnel Information Systems Command and Special Assistant, Office of the DCSPER, The Pentagon.  COL (Ret) Monje retired from the Army on 1 October 1998.