Retiring Soldiers, outstanding troopers, and volunteers from across the division will be recognized for their contributions to the First Team and the Army during the ceremony.

Additionally, the family of Staff Sgt. Jesse Paul Johnson, a 1-8 Cavalry Soldier during WWII, will be presented a Purple Heart Medal on his behalf. Johnson was mortally wounded on March 16, 1944 and passed away on March 17, 1944 after he exposed himself to enemy fire during a battle on Manus Island, part of Papua New Guinea. The medal had never been formally presented to the Johnson family.

For more information about Staff Sgt. Johnson, or to attend the ceremony, please contact Staff Sgt. Carolyn Hart at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

All interested media will be escorted from the media parking area at the T.J. Mills Blvd. Welcome Center to Howze Theater and should arrive by 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.