Recognizing the junior or noncommissioned officer who best embodies the standards of a paralegal specialist, the Sgt. Eric L. Coggins Award was presented to a Fort Hood Soldier Nov. 15.
Staff Sgt. Roderick Armstrong, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade’s paralegal noncommissioned officer, was awarded the Sgt. Eric L. Coggins Award for Excellence by Lt. Gen. Stuart Risch, the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, in a ceremony at Fort Hood’s Mission Training Complex.
Lt. Gen. Risch applauded Armstrong, as well as previous award recipients.
“I’m excited to see all that you achieve. I’m certain you are well aware of the successes your predecessors, the recipients of this award have attained, and I have absolutely no doubt that you will follow the same course,” Risch said.
Armstrong, whose previous assignments were at Camp Carroll, South Korea, and both Kaiserslautern and Baumholder, Germany, expressed his gratitude to his people: his leaders, and Soldiers in his care.
“To my leaders, thank you for putting your faith in my ability to be a noncommissioned officer, and pushing me when I thought I had nothing left to give,” Armstrong said. “It was through your leadership, guidance, and most importantly, your patience, that I actually learned what it meant to be a servant-leader, and learned the Army Values.
Armstrong, a native of Bradenton, Florida, attributed much of his success to his mother, who, having made the trip to Fort Hood, was present in the audience. “To my mother, thank you for raising me to be the young man that I am today. Everything that I have accomplished in the last 25 years has been because of the values, the love, the trust that you instilled in me.”
Armstrong concluded by thanking Coggins, the namesake of the award.
“Sergeant Coggins gave me an example of hard work, dedication and perseverance, as well as what we as NCOs should be, know and do. Thank you.”