FORT LEE, Va. (May 25, 2017) — Exemplifying his belief that Soldiers should be “champions of civilian education,” Command Sgt. Maj. Patricio Cardona, 16th Ordnance Battalion CSM, has been selected for the Arthur Gregg Award from Excelsior College in recognition of maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
“Sergeant Major Cardona’s career and academic success are true examples of why this honor was created,” read the narrative of the award nomination written by Susan McIntosh, military consultant at Excelsior.
“He has faithfully served over 24 years in the Army,” she wrote. “He always puts his Soldiers first. … He has reached the highest rank an enlisted Soldier can achieve. … He has been accepted into Excelsior’s Masters of Science in Management program (with coursework now underway). He comes with my highest recommendation for his selfless service to others, his strong academic record and his outstanding military career of leadership and dedication to his country.”