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1 April 2014

This announcement provides you with information on the Army Regimental System, and more specifically on the Distinguished Member and Honorary Member of the Regiment program.

The U.S. Army Regimental System is a Chief of Staff Army program designed to provide each soldier with continuous identification with a single regiment throughout their active duty period and to support the program with a personnel system that would increase a soldier’s probability of serving recurring assignments with his or her regiment. The purpose of the program is to enhance combat effectiveness through a framework that provides the opportunity for affiliation, develops loyalty and commitment, fosters an extended sense of belonging, improves unit esprit, institutionalizes the warfighting ethos, and provides the opportunity to further emphasize the history, customs, and traditions of the regiment. Following active duty individuals can continue their regimental affiliation through membership in private military associations. The organization that serves the “previously served” Black Lion community is the 28th Infantry Regiment Association.

The U.S. Army’s Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) and Honorary Member of the Regiment (HMOR) program is governed by Army Regulation 600-82. Each regiment has appointed by the Secretary of the Army an Honorary Colonel of the Regiment (HCOR) and Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment (HSGMOR) to administer the program. Their primary duty is to receive and vet nominations for DMOR and HMOR on an annual basis. DMORs are individuals who have distinguished themselves through their military service, civilian service, or significant service rendered for the betterment of their community, state, or nation. DMORs must have served in the Regiment. The designation is bestowed on these individuals by the Secretary of the Army after a thorough vetting process by the HCOR, HSGMOR, and active duty Battalion Commander designated to administer home base and other regimental responsibilities. For the 28th Infantry Regiment the commander of 1st Battalion has regimental responsibilities. HMOR are soldiers, their spouses, and individuals who have made a contribution or provided a service to the regiment, but who have never been assigned members of the regiment.

The DMOR/HMOR process for 2014 is complete. The Chief of Infantry has approved nine nominations for appointment as Distinguished Members of the 28th Infantry Regiment, six nominations for appointment as Honorary Members of the 28th Infantry Regiment, and the nomination for appointment as Honorary Sergeant Major of the 28th Infantry Regiment. The DMORs include three distinguished active duty Soldiers: Colonel Patrick Frank, Major Christopher Richie, and Staff Sergeant Jayson Johnson; three retirees: LTC Peter Lind, CSM Clifford Dockter, and Major Thomas Taylor; and three Black Lion faithful who previously served in the Regiment: Michael MacDonald, Fred Tolson, and David Himmer. The new HSGMOR is CSM Clifford Dockter. The HMORs are: retired General Carter Ham and Colonel David Johnson; and, Mrs. John Reynolds, Mrs. MaryAlice Burke Carmichael, Mrs. Sheila Aldridge, and Mr. Michael Burke.

The Commander of 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment (aka Black Lion 6) is hosting DMOR investitures at Fort Riley on 29 May 2014. HMORs will be appointed at the Combat Officers of the 1st Division annual meeting on 26 April in Washington D.C.

Billy G Murphy
49th Colonel of the Regiment

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