Capt. Thomas Bugg Stauffer, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is one of 28 company-grade officers who received the MacArthur Leadership award. The award, which is annually given for calendar-year achievements, is recognition for the embodiment of the ideals that Gen. Douglas MacArthur stood for: duty, honor and country.

The selection process starts with a nomination for candidates to compete within their brigades and divisions all the way up to FORSCOM. For the first time, FORSCOM nominees were sent to Fort Bragg, N.C. for a three-day assessment, which included a physical fitness test, weapons qualification, and a recognition review board, among other tests. The packets were then forwarded to the Department of the Army where they were judged along with other nominees across the Army.

“This is the highest level of recognition I will probably ever get, and it’s Army-wide,” said Stauffer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander in 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment. “The narrative wasn’t about stuff I personally did, it was all about stuff that my company did. That’s the best part of it all.”

The process from the initial nomination to the announcement of the winners took about eight months. Throughout this time, Stauffer did his best to instill the leadership traits he was being recognized for, in his troops.

“As a commander, your accomplishments are your unit’s accomplishments,” said Stauffer. “It’s a personal award, but for me, it’s about the units I’ve led and I’m a part of.”

Lt. Col. Joh Morris, battalion commander, agrees with the selection of Stauffer for this recognition.

“It is a fitting recognition for the outstanding leadership Capt. Stauffer has shown in our battalion for over three years,” said Morris. “We’re ecstatic that the Army has recognized his ability and potential, and we couldn’t be prouder that a Black Knight has been honored with this award.”

The winners will be presented the award in Washington D.C. on June 15.

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