Tomahawks soldier recognized for his contribution to the 23rd Infantry Regiment

1-2 SBCT, 7th Infantry Division
Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough

Date: 03.22.2013
Posted: 03.25.2013 16:19
News ID: 104065
Tomahawks soldier recognized for his contribution to the 23rd Infantry Regiment

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Thirteen soldiers and airmen from I Corps, 7th Infantry Division and its subordinate units and other unit entities from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were formally recognized for their hard work, dedication and demonstrated professionalism in improving the readiness of I Corps and the JBLM community, March 22, at the Cascade Club.<br /> <br /> Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commanding general of I Corps, said these soldiers — including Sgt. 1st Class Curtis A. James from 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division — were chosen above their peers to be honored at the first of what is slated to become a quarterly, post wide recognition ceremony.<br /> <br /> The event was presided over by Brown and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, I Corps command sergeant major.<br /> <br /> "This is about celebrating," said Brown. "We're not that great, as a military, of occasionally patting ourselves on the back and saying 'job well done.' Every now and then … we'd like to recognize those folks out there that are working hard."<br /> <br /> Brown presented a commander's coin to James for his service as the rear detachment First Sergeant of 1-23 Inf. Reg., during which time he volunteered numerous hours to research and preserve historical artifacts related to three battalions of the 23rd Infantry Regiment serving at JBLM. <br /> <br /> However, according to the 1-23 Inf. Battalion command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Eric C. Volk, James was recommended for accomplishing much more than that. <br /> <br /> "On top of that, the three major things we recommended him for [were that] he volunteered to stay in the Army a little longer to take care of our rear detachment, so he was taking care of all our families during the deployment; and taking care of our soldiers coming back that were wounded and processing out of the Army," Volk explained. "He put [his own medical evaluation board] on hold to take care of the battalion. That's selfless service right there."