Earlier in the week MiB was honored with the Medal of St Barbara. I don't know much about this Saint Barbara thing but here's what I've got:
Honorable Order of Saint Barbara
The award authority for the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara is centralized to the Field Artillery commanders who are Lieutenant Colonel or above. Division artillery commanders, Field Artillery brigade commanders, Marine artillery regiment commanders or corps artillery commanders have approval authority. Such commanders may approve the award for those in or associated with their commands. When there is no such Field Artillery commander available, the Commanding General of the United States Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill is the approving authority for the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character; displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence; served the United States Army or Marine Corps Field Artillery with selflessness; and contributed to the promotion of the Field Artillery in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates and peers, alike.
The "real" medals did not arrive in time so they fabricated some really neat substitutes!
So MiB and his boss were both given this honor a few days ago. I know he is extremely humbled by this and is also a bit proud to have been chosen, you know the good kind of proud. That kind of proud that helps to reinforce your career, that says maybe I am doing something right, I am making a difference and leaving it better then I found it. You are just hoping to be able to continue to be effective, to be a leader with integrity, someone who keeps his focus and continues to make the tough call. He actually blogged it and that is where I got the info about Saint Barbara above!
Way to go MiB, I am extremely proud of you and proud to be your wife...143