USAREUR honors three officers for duty, honor, country

by Spc. Sean C. Finch
U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Europe saluted the leadership and achievements of three officers when it awarded the trio top honors in the USAREUR level of the 2007 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards.

Capt. Daniel C. Enslen from the Operations Group, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command; Capt. Daniel P. Kearney, commander of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, Southern European Task Force; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason E. Feser of V Corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Special Troops Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, were chosen for the award from a group of 11 nominees.

The annual award was created by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation in 1987 to honor company-grade and junior warrant officers who embody MacArthur’s ideals of “duty, honor, country” and have proven records of performance, leadership and achievement.

The 11 officers nominated represented approximately 3,700 eligible officers in USAREUR. Each was recommended by his or her command for the award, and the three winners were then selected by a panel of senior leaders.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Gen. David D. McKiernan, USAREUR commanding general, praised the caliber of all the nominees.

“It is people like this who make our Army have the strongest leadership it has ever had,” the general said.

“I know that you are all probably thinking, ‘There are officers who deserve this just as much as I do,’ and maybe there are,” General McKiernan added. “But you are here because you have earned it — don’t forget that — and you deserve to be recognized for your efforts.”

Captain Enslen was the only one of the three winners present to receive the award. Captains Kearney and Feser were deployed.