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Cadet Derbaum receives Legion of Valor Award

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2012


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During Wednesday’s inspection, Cadet Christopher Derbaum receives the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement Award. It is presented by Judge Pierpan, a retired USMC Colonel and a former recipient of the bronze cross.
Globe — JROTC Cadet Christopher G. Derbaum was presented with the Legion of Valor Award on Wednesday, Oct. 31 during Globe JROTC’s large inspection. Judge Pierpan of Scottsdale, a retired USMC Colonel, traveled to Globe on Wednesday morning to present Derbaum with the medal and coin. Only a previous recipient of the award has the honor of bestowing the award upon a new recipient.

In his nomination letter, Maj. Sal Fiorella stated, “For the last three years, Cadet Derbaum’s dedication, professionalism and personal growth has positioned him as the top cadet in Globe JROTC Battalion. Cadet Derbaum routinely exhibits self-discipline and absolute respect for authority then enforces it within the unit. He has led from the front in all his leadership positions, always demonstrating high personal standards and setting the example for his peers to emulate.

“Cadet Derbaum’s extra-curricular activity participation is beyond approach. He has been an active member on the Raider Team, Drill Team, Saber Team, Rifle Team, Color Guard, and earned a total of an unbelievable 1,000 hours for his community service. He has a genuine sense of personal social responsibility in his family, school and community. Cadet Derbaum is the hardest working Cadet I have ever seen. Never allowing obstacle or challenges get in the way to mission accomplishment.

“His candor and integrity is beyond approach, again, setting the example for all others to learn from and emulate.

“For SY 2011-2012, Cadet Derbaum served as the battalion CSM. As the CSM, Derbaum defined and executed the duties and responsibilities that were appropriate to this Battalion. He recognized early on in the year the need for a stronger leadership and command presence. Cadet Derbaum motivated the Battalion staff to provide more timely support to the companies and instructors; he recognized the leadership that enabled a more appropriate span of control; and energized the junior NCOs to become more aggressive to be junior leaders.”

The Legion of Valor has been awarded for many decades recognizing outstanding performance. The Silver Cross for Valor and the Bronze Cross for Achievement were created in 1957, although the Bronze Cross program has had a limited existence since 1951. The program expanded over the next few years to include various branches and college level cadets and midshipmen.

Annually, only 60-65 Bronze Crosses are awarded due to the rigid standards which must be met.

Presentations of the Legion of Valor are customarily done by members of the Legion of Valor. Cadet Derbaum received his from Judge Pierpan in front of his JROTC peers.

All nominations originate with the military official having jurisdiction over the individual being nominated.

Maj. Fiorella stated, “I believe that Cadet Derbaum will be the most influential and inspirational Commander this Battalion has seen in years.”

Congratulations to Cadet Derbaum on this very honorable recognition.







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