Maj. Gen. David C. Wood, Commanding General, 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard, awarded his coin of excellence to two Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers for outstanding performance at Forward Operating Base Forge at Fort Polk, Joint Readiness Training Center located in Leesville, La. March 22, 2016.
Private 1st Class Andrew Lukasik from the 1171st Area Support Medical Company, and Sgt. Michelle Waugh from the Michigan Army National Guard’s 460th Chemical Company were honored during a ceremony on North Fort Polk. Wood took the opportunity during the ceremony to share the rich history of the “Cyclones” as the 38th Infantry Division has come to be known, noting that Michigan’s own Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, once held the same post from 2002 to 2005.
“Maj Gen. Vadnais was, at one time, the commander of the 38th Infantry Division” said Wood. “This unit has a proud history and has distinguished itself both overseas and on the home front, providing aid and relief in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina”.
Lukasik and Waugh were recommended for the award by their unit for going above and beyond the requirements of the mission and given Wood’s Commanding General’s coin of excellence for support of the emergency response and decontamination exercises at Fort Polk Joint Readiness Training Center in Leesville, La. March 16-25, 2016.