196th Inf. Bde. knights NCOs

| March 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Master Sgt. Ronald Biancaniello (kneeling), Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, is knighted into the Order of St. George, March 2, at Fort Shafter. (1st Lt. Jeffrey Galdones | Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific)

Master Sgt. Ronald Biancaniello (kneeling), Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, is knighted into the Order of St. George, March 2, at Fort Shafter. (1st Lt. Jeffrey Galdones | Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific)

Maj. Mark Snakenberg
Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific

 

FORT SHAFTER — The 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific, and U.S. Army Cavalry and Armor Association, recognized two of its finest noncommissioned officers in a traditional knighting ceremony at the Palm Circle Gazebo, here, March 2.

Master Sgt. Ronald Biancaniello and Sgt. 1st Class Alwin Antonio, both assigned to Team Cavalry, Support Battalion, 196th Inf. Bde., were honored with the highest awards bestowed by the association for professional excellence.

Biancaniello, cavalryman, received the Bronze Medallion and knighthood into the Order of St. George. The Order of St. George is a key milestone in a tanker or cavalryman’s career. It recognizes the best leaders within the branch for cumulative contributions during long, distinguished careers.

Antonio, field artilleryman, was inducted as a Noble Patron of Armor. This award honors non-cavalrymen and tankers who have a prolonged, decisive impact on the branch in leadership roles that support and lead Soldiers who are responsible for armor and cavalry units accomplishing assigned missions.

Both NCOs were nominated for their outstanding contributions as cavalry trainers within the 196th Inf. Bde., and for their contributions to their parent unit, the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 29th Inf. Bde. Combat Team.

Biancaniello and Antonio are the first recipients of the awards while serving in either the 196th Inf. Bde. or 29th Inf. Bde. Combat Team.

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