Two captains and a chief warrant officer have been selected to represent U.S. Army Europe in the Department of Army-wide 2004 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award competition.

The three are: Capt. Joseph M. Ewers, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment in Baumholder, Germany; Capt. John C. Moore, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment in Baumholder; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ryan N. Collier, Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment in Katterbach, Germany.

The three had the highest rankings out of 15 winners at the USAREUR level. Seven of the 15 USAREUR winners are assigned to V Corps units.

For 15 years, the Department of the Army had given the award to officers who best demonstrate the values MacArthur stood for — duty, honor and country. The award promotes and sustains effective junior officer leadership, according to Army documents.

About 3,200 officers are eligible for the award. Winners were nominated by their commands. Officials at major commands judged the packets, assigning each officer a ranking based on their assessment.

USAREUR’s top company-grade officers, in addition to Ewers and Moore, follow. All are based in Germany unless otherwise noted.

Capt. David Beaman, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 37th Transportation Command, 21st Theater Support Command, Kaiserslautern;Capt. Scott M. Halter, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation, 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt;Capt. William C. Hannan Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th Engineer Brigade, Giessen;Capt. Deric J. Holbrook, Company A, Task Force 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, Schweinfurt;Capt. John Kilbride, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Aviano, Italy;Capt. William Linn, Patrol Division, International Special Training Centre, U.S. Army Element, 7th Army Training Command, Grafenwöhr;Capt. Anthony T. Murtha, Company B, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, Baumholder;Capt. Luis Parilli, Detachment A, 38th Personnel Services Battalion, 1st Personnel Command, Schwetzingen;Capt. Michelle M. Williams, Detachment A, 208th Finance Battalion, 266th Finance Command, Heidelberg.USAREUR’s top junior warrant officers, in addition to Collier, are:

Warrant Officer 1 Erica Brinker, 191st Ordnance Battalion, 29th Support Group, 21st Theater Support Command, Kaiserslautern;Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jon V. Corey, 159th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), 30th Medical Brigade, Ansbach;Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sung K. Lee, Detachment B, 55th Personnel Services Battalion, 1st Personnel Command, Schwetzingen.The Army-wide competition will be in May.

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