Two Utah Guardsmen Receive Prestigious MacArthur Award at Pentagon Ceremony

 

By Major Hank McIntire

 

Published May 20, 2008

 

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The array of awards to be presented to the 28 recipients of the General Douglas MacArthur Award at the Pentagon May 14.

Photo by Maj. Hank McIntire

The array of awards to be presented to the 28 recipients of the

 General Douglas MacArthur Award at the Pentagon May 14.

WASHINGTON — Two members of the Utah National Guard were among a select group of Army officers honored May 14 at the 21st Annual General Douglas MacArthur Award ceremony held at the Pentagon.

Captain Shawn M. Fuellenbach, I Corps Artillery, of Salt Lake City, and Chief Warrant Officer Robert K. Goldsberry, Group Support Company, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), of Tooele, joined 26 other recipients singled out for their leadership, discipline, and achievements during 2007 as company-grade and warrant officers serving the Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.

The award is named for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, whose ideals of Duty, Honor, and Country, guide the selection committee as they weigh not only the individual achievements of applicants such as Officer Evaluation Reports, Army Physical Fitness Tests, weapons qualification, deployment accomplishments and letters of recommendation, but also how their units have performed overall.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., left, presents the MacArthur Award to Capt. Shawn Fuellenbach.

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., left, presents

 the MacArthur Award to Capt. Shawn Fuellenbach.

Family members of Fuellenbach and Goldsberry, their commanders, Brig. Gen. Michael R. Liechty, I Corps Artillery; Col. Michael Adams, 19th Special Forces Group; and Utah National Guard adjutant general Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, were also on hand for the ceremony.

Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., was the keynote speaker and presented to each recipient an engraved 15-pound bronze bust of General MacArthur mounted on a walnut pedestal, sculpted by Zenos Frudakis, a director of the National Sculpture Society.

“The young leaders recognized today epitomize the Solider that Gen. Douglas MacArthur believed in,” said Casey during his remarks. “They are committed to their profession, to their Soldiers and to this nation. Largely because of leaders like this, your Army is the best army in the world at what it does.”

“[You] are the future of the Army,” Casey told the recipients. “The qualities that you espouse are an indication that this nation can be very proud that there is yet another generation of men and women who are willing to step forward and handle a crisis for the country.”

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Goldsberry, right, receives the MacArthur Award from Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.

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Chief Warrant Officer Robert Goldsberry, right, receives the MacArthur

Award from Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.

Of the 28 Soldiers who walked across the stage to receive their award, only seven were members of the National Guard, and two of those—Fuellenbach and Goldsberry—were  from Utah, the only state to be doubly represented.

“It’s a reflection not only of the accomplishments of these two fine officers, but it’s an indication of the quality of Soldiers we have in the Utah National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Tarbet after the ceremony. “I’m very proud of these two and those who serve with them. They are dedicated, devoted professionals who care about those who serve with them. And it’s a great tribute to their families.”

Goldsberry, who has 14 years in the Guard, was among the first Utah Guard members to deploy after 9/11, serving with Bravo Company, 19th Special Forces Group, in Afghanistan.

“When there are so many great and competent leaders in the Utah Guard and throughout the rest of the Army, it’s an honor to be singled out for recognition,” said the modest Goldsberry, a former FedEx employee who now works full time for the 19th Special Forces Group’s training detachment. His team conducts urban-combat and long-range shooting courses for Special Forces units and Soldiers.

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, Brig. Gen. Michael Liechty, and Col. Michael Adams, left to right, applaud the recipients of the MacArthur Award.

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Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, Brig. Gen. Michael Liechty, and Col. Michael Adams, left to right, applaud the recipients of the MacArthur Award.

Goldsberry’s commander, Col. Adams, praised the singular accomplishment of one of his own.

“It’s an amazing recognition,” he said. “[This award] reflects greatly on Bob and speaks tremendously to the quality of Soldiers we have in the state. The Army is doing a great thing in recognizing their contributions.”

Fuellenbach, formerly the county treasurer for Sevier County and current full-time operations officer for I Corps Artillery, was equally aware of the elite company he is in.

“I am very excited, proud and honored,” said Fuellenbach. “I wouldn’t be where I am right now without great leaders above me to mentor and train me throughout this process.”

An 18-year veteran of the Guard, Fuellenbach deployed with the 2-222nd Field Artillery to Iraq in 2005-2006, and as commander of Alpha Battery, his unit was presented the Hamilton Award for being the best artillery battery in the entire Army National Guard in 2007. Fuellenbach believes that the award the unit received was instrumental in his selection, and Casey mentioned the honor specifically during his remarks.

Capt. Shawn Fuellenbach, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Robert Goldsberry, second from left, with the other Guard recipients May 14.

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Capt. Shawn Fuellenbach, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Robert Goldsberry, second from left, with the other Guard recipients May 14.

Brigadier Gen. Liechty, who has served with Fuellenbach for many years, offered some insight into how his junior officer will handle the accolades and attention.

“I know Shawn and what he’s all about,” he said. “The first thing he will want to do is share this award with everybody. Not one person can be successful alone; it takes a whole team.”

A part of that team includes Soldiers’ families. Both Fuellenbach and Goldsberry spoke tenderly of their loved ones’ support of their military service, a common thread that Casey also picked up on in thanking families for their contribution.

“[It is] the values that you have instilled in them and the support that you give on a daily basis that allows them to do what they do,” Casey told family members.