– The 126th Brigade Support Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard, held their Sixth Annual Mohawk Ball, earlier this spring.
Some of the most experienced and recognized Veterans of the logistics community in the Massachusetts Army National Guard were in attendance to this gala event.
This was also the night of the annual induction ceremony of the prestigious Order of Saint Martin, the award presented in recognition of exemplary contributions to the Quartermaster Corps.
Lt. Col. Arvid Hill, president of the Minuteman Chapter of the Association of Quartermasters announced the six recipients in front of many fellow Quartermasters and past recipients. The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, placed the medallions around the necks of the two officers, two warrant officers and two non-commissioned officers assisted by Brig. Gen. Paul G. Smith, land component commander and past president of the Minuteman Chapter.
The ‘OSM,’ as it’s known to the community, is awarded for those few who have performed conspicuous, long-term service for, or on behalf of, the United States Army Quartermaster Corps. Saint Martin, for which the award is named, was a Roman Tribune (equivalent of today’s field-grade officers) in the 3rd century who was witnessed dividing his cloak in half with his sword in order to cover an ill-equipped beggar in the cold. This embodiment of Soldier/Provider carried on through the ages and is the characteristic of the modern Logistician/Warrior and Quartermaster today.
Just prior to announcing the newest awardees, Hill asked the former awardees to stand in recognition and some of the notable recipients that stood were Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Ret.) Ronald Correira, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joseph Quinn, Command Chief Warrant offier, Massachusetts National Guard, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Paul Scott, Lt. Col. Julie Winston, commander, 126th Brigade Support Battalion, and Smith.
Each spring, the community of Quartermasters gather together to select the newest inductees to the order; for 2014, they were: Col. Thomas Devine, Lt. Col. Joel Finnell, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Susan Williams, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Chase, Sgt. Maj. Francis Bateman and Master Sgt. Micheal Euvrard.
The evening was especially exciting as two Quartermaster wives were presented the Catharine Green award for Quartermaster spouses. Mrs. Elizabeth Flagg, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Allen Flagg, and Mrs. Margaret Sims, wife of Master Sgt. (Ret.) David Sims, were presented the bronze medallions which depict the wife of Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Greene. Catharine Green was a tenacious and proactive supporter of the Continental Army and her husband who became the 3rd Quartermaster General. After the ceremony, all six recipients of the OSM and the two recipients of the CG Award were congratulated by all 250 attendees of the ball.