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Command sergeant major receives Legion of Merit medal Lt. Col. Carol McClelland

Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald E. Orosz received the Legion of Merit medal from Brig. Gen. Leslie C. Smith in a ceremony Sept. 23 for his work over the past two years as top enlisted leader of the 20th Support Command (CBRNE).

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald E. Orosz, departed the 20th Support Command during a change of responsibility ceremony at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Sept. 23.

“Loyal, focused on the mission, only cares about soldiers and their families and not his next job,” are some of the descriptors Brig. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commander said about Orosz during the event, held inside doors due to inclement weather.

He spoke about Orosz’s leadership, high fitness level and thanked his family, Sue and children, finishing his remarks with a Teddy Roosevelt quote before handing the podium over to Orosz.

“’The real service is rendered by the man actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood and who’s served valiantly.’ I see the dust and sweat and I know the strain on you and your formations. I am proud of what you stand for; what you have achieved to date and what I know you will continue to do in the future,” Smith said.

The command sergeant major, known to be a man of brevity, provided some heart-felt words for his boss, his family, the leadership of Aberdeen Proving Ground, his temporary replacement, Command Sgt. Maj. Sean P. Burke, and the soldiers of the unit before departing for Fort Hood, Texas, where he’ll be the command sergeant major for a training unit.

“The 20th Support Command is a very unique unit with technical expertise that exists nowhere else in the Army. Our soldiers ensure the security of very important people, render safe ordnance, provide support to local authorities, are responsible for the Defense CBRNE Response Force, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction,” Orosz said. “These are a few mission areas our soldiers do to protect people around the world. Soldiers are constantly on the go attending training, providing support to the homeland, and serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Saying our soldiers are busy is probably an understatement. The missions are technical, physically demanding, dangerous, and there is little tolerance for mistakes. The soldiers are proficient in their wartime tasks because of tough realistic training, the latest equipment, and proving themselves in combat many times. I will never forget nor will I allow those I work with to forget the soldiers and the unique mission of the 20th Support Command.”


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Date Taken:09.23.2011

Date Posted:09.29.2011 12:38



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