301st Chemical Co. named best chemical unit in the United States Army

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By Capt. Richard Huber, 301st Chemical Co, KYNG

Members of the 301st Chemical Company display their Sibert Award, given to the best chemical unit in the Army, at the Chemical Corp Regimental Review and Change of Command ceremony June 23 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (August 16, 2010)–The Kentucky National Guard’s 301st Chemical Company, 103rd Chemical Battalion, was awarded the Sibert Award at the Chemical Corp Regimental Review and Change of Command ceremony June 23 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

The award, named after Maj. Gen. William L. Sibert who in May 1918 was named the first commander of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service (CWS) and is generally considered the “father of the US Chemical Corp,” is given to the best chemical company in the Active Army, United States Reserve and the National Guard.  The company received a streamer for the company guide on and a bronze plaque for the armory.  The awards were presented by the outgoing commandant of the U.S. Chemical Corp, Brig. Gen. Leslie C. Smith and the Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Lopez.

The objectives of the program are to provide recognition for excellence in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, and to instill pride and reinforce the essential elements of mission readiness, leadership, discipline and organizational excellence in a quality force.  The nominated units are evaluated based on the following criteria: individual training such as the Army Physical Fitness Test, weapons qualification, collective training based on the units mission essential task list, external evaluations at the unit and platoon level, maintenance and safety records to include equipment status levels, safety inspection results and safety awards and lastly organizational excellence which factors in the number of brigade and higher individual and unit awards, Soldier/NCO  of the quarter/year and other unit awards and decorations received over the last 12 months.

Having just returned from a tour in Iraq as part of Task Force Dragon Warrior (301st Chem. CO. and the 299th Chem. Co.) it was easy for the unit to demonstrate all the criteria examined by the award selection committee.  However since the unit was mobilized to conduct a military police mission it was difficult to compete in some areas.  The unit’s exemplary performance of its mission overseas helped to push it to the top.  While the award was officially presented to the 301st, it could have easily gone to the 299th as they were deployed as one unit.

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