The Commander that took the 2nd Battalion 94th Artillery 175mm guns to Vietnam in 1966 and set the standard for all Heavy Artillery HONORED for lifetime service.

 

Army Awards Trefry First Lifetime Service Award 

3/23/2009 

The Lifetime of Service Award was presented to a former Army inspector general, known as the "conscience of the Army," during a March 20 ceremony at the Pentagon.

 

 The "Lt. Gen. Richard G. Trefry Lifetime Service Award" was presented for the first time by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, to the man the award is named after, Lt. Gen.  Richard G. Trefry, USA, Ret.

 

The award was presented to Trefry for his service in the Army and his accomplishments as a retiree.

The award represents Trefry's “ethos and lifetime of extraordinary service to the Army, consistent support and advancement of civilian and military personnel and commitment to innovation and leadership.”

"Choosing the first recipient of this award was pretty easy," Geren said.

 

 

 

In the future, the award may be presented to individuals who are present or former members of the Army, or present or former Department of the Army civilians.

The recipient receives a medal with Trefry’s image and a large plaque with the recipient’s name engraved on a brass plate which will be permanently displayed at the Pentagon.

 

Trefry, who is also a senior fellow with the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare, said he was surprised that he was chosen to be honored as the first recipient of an award that bears his name.

"I am deeply honored and I was completely floored when they told me they were going to do this," Trefry said.

Trefry began his military career as an enlisted soldier with the United States Army Air Forces in 1943 ; and served during World War II as a weather observer in Greenland, before attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

He went on to serve in Korea and was later deployed to Vietnam in support of the U.S. Marine Corps in the I Corps Tactical Zone.

"He's always been a great soldier and visionary leader," Gen. Carl Vuono, USA, Ret., a former Army chief of staff, said.

In the process of fighting a war, Trefry developed the Army's future leaders before there was a requirement to do so, Vuono added.

Trefry was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in 1977 and assigned the position of Inspector General of the Army.

As the IG, Trefry spoke with soldiers in the field to get a better idea of what they needed.

During his 6-year tenure, he transformed the annual IG inspection by identifying and correcting system failings and deficiencies that would interfere with accomplishing the mission.

He was heralded as the Army’s “most significant IG since Baron von Steuben.”

“He made the IG inspection [process],” Vuono said, “an arrow in the commander’s quiver, rather than a knife in his back.”
 

After retiring in 1983, Trefry co-founded Military Personnel Resources, Inc., and served as the military assistant to former President George H.W. Bush and director of the White House Military Office.

 

Currently, Trefry, at 85 years old, is the program manager of the Army Forces Management School at Fort Belvoir, Va., and directs all its activities arriving every day at 5:30 a.m. and leaving after the last student has departed.

 

Trefry is credited with founding the school to ensure that the Army would always have trained military and civilian personnel who are well versed in the intricacies of complex force management  issues and are capable of making the decisions and formulating the policies needed to meet the growing challenges facing the United States and the Army.

To date, the school has trained over 21,000 military and civilian personnel to include 1,300 general officers.

“No matter where you go in the Army,” Vuono said, “it’s called ‘Trefry’s School.’”

Trefry hopes the award that bears his name will give soldiers the motivation to achieve all they can, and to learn how the Army works as a whole. 

He advises potential awardees to "do what the Army tells you" and to read as much as possible.

"I don't worry about us fighting, we turn out great fighters," Trefry said. 

"But how we put it all together to go fight, that's the important thing. 

And if this is an incentive for that, then it's worth it."

Trefry's wife, Jacque, and family were there to honor him during the ceremony, along with hundreds of supporters and fellow soldiers from his West Pont class of 1950, and those he served with during his 33 year of service to include Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, who took part in the ceremony, and Gen. Erik K. Shinseki, USA, Ret., the 34
th  Army chief of staff who is now secretary of Veteran’s Affairs. 
 

Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret. president of the Association of the United States Army and the 32ndArmy chief of staff, who was on travel and not able to attend the ceremony, said, “For over 65 years, Dick Trefry has served his country, his Army, our soldiers and their families with unbound energy, unique dedication and uncommon wisdom.”

 

Adding, “He is now and always has been on the cutting edge of innovative training programs that have made the Army a more relevant and efficient service.

 

“We at AUSA send our congratulations to the first recipient of the Lieutenant  General Richard G. Trefry Lifetime of Service Award.”
 

"I just think it was great, the honor that was paid him today," said his wife, Jacque. "He is a special man."


 

 

Boy how many times have we seen that pose of this man???

 

Congratulations General Trefry from the entire 94th Regiment. 

 

WELL DONE!  WELL DONE!

 

Too bad the powers to be did not invite some of those that served under you in combat to honor you and this award.