Kentucky Guard announces Gen. MacArthur Award nominees

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Story by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur: This late WWII period image shows MacArthur wearing the five-star rank insignia of General of the Army. Photo Credit: U.S Army photo

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After a review of Kentucky’s top company-grade officers and junior warrant officers, the Kentucky National Guard is proud to announce the two finalists for the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award competition.

This year’s selectees are Capt. Jacob B. McKinney, Service Battery 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, and Warrant Officer Zebulon T. Clapp, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery.

“The selection of these Soldiers is a positive reflection of their hard work, dedication and perseverance that they and their Soldiers have exhibited during the past year,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Kentucky’s adjutant general.

The nominated officers will represent the Commonwealth at the national competition held in Washington.

The Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recognizes company grade officers and junior warrant officers who demonstrate the ideals for which MacArthur stood: duty, honor, and country.

The Kentucky Soldiers will compete against more of the nation’s best officers to become one of the 25 commissioned or three warrant officers recognized by this year’s board.

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