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  • Tribute to Csm John McDonough

    by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

    Posted on 2013-01-24

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    WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, today I wish to recognize the service of Rhode Island's State CSM John McDonough. Command Sergeant Major McDonough is retiring after over 35 years serving the Rhode Island National Guard with honor and distinction, and I am proud to acknowledge his remarkable career today.

    Command Sergeant Major McDonough first enlisted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard in 1976, and graduated with honors from basic combat and advanced individual training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was then assigned as an artilleryman in Battery A, 1st Battalion, 103rd Field Artillery. He quickly became an invaluable member of the Guard's field artillery team and went on to serve in a variety of positions, including cannon crewman, assistant gunner, gunner, howitzer section chief, gunnery sergeant, intelligence sergeant, first sergeant, and operations sergeant major.

    Over the years, Command Sergeant Major McDonough received numerous awards commending his superior service, and he was eventually selected to be the State command sergeant major, the highest noncommissioned rank in the Rhode Island National Guard. In this role, Command Sergeant Major McDonough represented all enlisted soldiers in command, and served as the principal enlisted adviser to the adjutant general. His commitment to enforcing standards fairly and improving the quality of life for his fellow enlisted Guardsmen made him a celebrated and valued member of the Rhode Island National Guard community.

    I thank Command Sergeant Major McDonough for his dedication to the Guard and to his comrades, a dedication he continues to demonstrate even in retirement. The command sergeant major has taken on a new endeavor to improve the lives of veterans as the director of Supportive Services for Operation Stand Down, an organization that works to combat homelessness among veterans and provide services to help struggling veterans get back on their feet.

    Throughout his career in the Rhode Island National Guard, and with his continued service today, Command Sergeant Major McDonough has been an inspiration, advocate and role model for his fellow Guardsmen. I am proud to honor his life's work, and I again thank him for his outstanding commitment to serving our country and our military. ____________________

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