Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Order of St. George

On July 30th Task Force Tornado hosted an Order of St. George dinner for Task Force Falcon at Camp Bondsteel.


Saint George was a bodyguard to the Emperor
Diocletian in what is now Greece. When the Emperor
decreed that Christian churches, books, and practices were
to be outlawed, George rose up in defiance. Though he
became a martyr, early Christians respected his bravery,
dedication to faith, and decency. He is frequently
pictured mounted on a horse slaying a serpent.

An Italian legend portrayed Saint George as saving the
daughter of a king from the clutches of a dragon that had
refused other sacrifices. However, Saint George didn’t kill
the dragon outright. Instead, he bound the dragon and led
it to the village, whereupon he promised to slay the dragon
only if the town converted to Christianity. Another story
says that during the Crusades, the apparition of Saint George
led Christian soldiers to a victory over the Saracens.

Legend or not, Saint George became a model for Cavalry
and mounted warriors. The King of England founded the
Order of the Garter in the 14th century in honor of Saint
George. Those chosen for this title had to be of “gentle birth,
courageous and free from reproach.”

In the last century, Pope Pius IX appointed Saint George
patron of the Italian Cavalry. The color of the flag Saint
George carries in many pictures is, in fact, the official color
of Cavalry units around the world--red and white. To this day,
the armored forces of Italy and France commemorate April 23rd
as the feast day of Saint George.

The U.S. Armor Association began the Order of Saint George
awards program in 1986 to honor the most outstanding Armor
officers and noncommissioned officers.

The Order of St. George Bronze Medallion was awarded to: MAJ Murphey, CPT Leeds, CPT Clark, CPT Chew, and SFC Harmon.


The Noble Patron of Armor award recognizes those individuals, other than active duty or reserve U.S. Army and Marine Corps tankers and cavalrymen, who have significantly contributed to the operational success, or the morale and welfare, of armor and cavalry organizations.

In times of old, the PATRON provided the support that allowed the armored knight to go to battle, often caring for the knight’s sword and armor, attending to his mount, assisting in training, and frequently accompanying him into battle.

The Noble Patron of Armor award was presented to: LTG Kermabon (KFOR commander), Ms. Perezic (MNB-E cultural advisor) and Chaplain Guadiz

Previous and new recipients of the Order of St George and Noble Patron of Armor:

Kansas’ previous and new recipients of the Order of St. George: CH Guadiz, CPT Clark, COL Bloomquist, LTC Raney, CPT Leeds, CPT Chew, CSM Romans.