OCOI honors 2016 Doughboy Award recipients

(FORT BENNING, Ga) MG Wesley, BG Jones, Army personnel, civilians, and guests attend the 2016 Doughboy Award Ceremony Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the National Infantry Museum. Mr. Ben F. Williams, Jr, CSM ( R ) Kenneth J, “Rock” Merritt and Gen. ( R ) David Bramlett were honored with the award. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

(FORT BENNING, Ga) MG Wesley, BG Jones, Army personnel, civilians, and guests attend the 2016 Doughboy Award Ceremony Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the National Infantry Museum. Mr. Ben F. Williams, Jr, CSM ( R ) Kenneth J, “Rock” Merritt and Gen. ( R ) David Bramlett were honored with the award. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, the Maneuver Center of Excellence commanding
general, Brig. Gen Jones, the U.S. Army Infantry School commandant, Army personnel, civilians and guests attended the 2016 Doughboy Award Ceremony Sept. 14 at the National Infantry Museum.

Mr. Ben F. Williams Jr., retired Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth J. “Rock” Merritt and retired Gen. David A. Bramlett were honored as the 2016 recipients.

The Doughboy Award is presented annually to recognize an individual for outstanding contributions to the U.S. Army Infantry. The award is presented on behalf of all Infantrymen past and present. The award is a chrome replica of a helmet worn by American Expeditionary Soldiers during World War I and the early days of WW II.

The term “Doughboy” originated in Texas where soldiers trained along the Rio Grande in preparation for WW I. The Soldiers became covered in the dusty, white adobe soil and were called “adobes” by mounted troops. Over time this term transitioned to become doughboys. The Doughboy award is the highest honor the Chief of Infantry can bestow on any Infantryman.

(FORT BENNING, Ga) MG Wesley, BG Jones, Army personnel, civilians, and guests attend the 2016 Doughboy Award Ceremony Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the National Infantry Museum. Mr. Ben F. Williams, Jr, CSM ( R ) Kenneth J, “Rock” Merritt and Gen. ( R ) David Bramlett were honored with the award. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

(FORT BENNING, Ga) MG Wesley, BG Jones, Army personnel, civilians, and guests attend the 2016 Doughboy Award Ceremony Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the National Infantry Museum. Mr. Ben F. Williams, Jr, CSM ( R ) Kenneth J, “Rock” Merritt and Gen. ( R ) David Bramlett were honored with the award. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

(FORT BENNING, Ga) MG Wesley, BG Jones, Army personnel, civilians, and guests attend the 2016 Doughboy Award Ceremony Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the National Infantry Museum. Mr. Ben F. Williams, Jr, CSM ( R ) Kenneth J, “Rock” Merritt and Gen. ( R ) David Bramlett were honored with the award. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

(Photos by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

For more photos of the event, visit fortbenningphotos.com.

For more information about the award, visit the Office of the Chief of the Infantry website.

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