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 Post subject: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:49 pm 
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The following was posted this date within the Union Army HQ Forum.

OFFICERS OF THE ACWGC UNION ARMY,
ATTENTION TO RETIREMENT PARADE!


CITATION FOR UNION ARMY EXEMPLARY AND HONORABLE SERVICE MEDALS
AND ARMY OF THE SHENANDOAH SERVICE MEDAL
LIEUTENANT GENERAL ED BLACKBURN


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Lieutenant General Ed Blackburn announced his retriement from active service within the ACWGC Union Army this summer after having served for a total of 11 1/2 years. General Blackburn's incredible record dates back to January of 2002 when he began his "career" with the Union Army of the Shenandoah. Ed's enthusiasm and commitment to the Club quickly became evident when he assumed his first divisional command within the VI Corps of that field army. By the summer of 2003 General Blackburn had become the VI Corps Commander, a position he held through December of 2005. From that time until July of 2006 Ed resumed command of a division, the Second Division of VI Corps. But higher duty called to him once again as he temporarily commanded the VI Corps until November. He resumed his divisional duties for the third time from then until April, 2007. General Blackburn then took a well-earned hiatus from administrative duties, commanding his own brigade for the next 3 1/2 years. In November of 2011 he, for the fourth time, consented to a divisional command, this time the Fourth Division of VI Corps, a position he held until August of last year. From then until last month he commanded the 4th Brigade, Second Division, VIII Corps. Throughout this entire span General Blackburn accumulated an impressive and honorable 57-18-26-11-35 battle record, and amassed over 2,135 OBD Points. He has received in his "career" among all the other of his battlefield and campaign ribbons, the Defender of the Union Medal (formerly the MOH), the Outstanding Service Medal, the Kearny Cross and the Sheridan Combat Medal. Few other officers have equalled such a performance!

Ed signaled his intention to sheath his sword in defense of the Union to allow himself greater involvement within our sister club, the NWC. There will always be a place for him within the ACWGC Union Army should he wish to return. On this occasion, I take great pleasure in recognizing his long-term service and "career" within the ranks of the Army of the Shenandoah by awarding him the Union Army's Exemplary and Honorable Service Medals, along with the unofficial Army of the Shenandoah Service Medal.

The ESM and HSM are the General's first such awards!

OFFICERS OF THE ACWGC UNION ARMY,
Present, ARMS!
Order, ARMS!
Parade, DISMISSED!


Please join me in saluting this fine officer for his service accomplishments and in celebrating his award! My tab is again open in all participating establishments.

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General Jos. C. Meyer,
Union Army Chief of Staff
Commander, Army of the Shenandoah
(2011-2014 UA CoA/GinC)


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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:21 pm 
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Groan!!! Every moose in the eastern half of North America is gonna starve now (an inside joke from the AotS a long, long time ago)! Ed, it's been a pleasure serving under you and with you all of these years. The door isn't shut so when you start missing us, come on back.

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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:37 pm 
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Ed,

Hate to see you go...but if you must, take care of yourself and mosey on back whenever you tire of forming squares and charging with artillery.


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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:29 pm 
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Thank you so much for the nice words Joe. I have loved my time in the club and have made many good friends. Everyone enjoy the club and take good care of it in case I do find time to return someday.

Ned, any moose found wandering anywhere near the NWC will be shot on site. :wink:

Enjoyed our games Bob. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:21 pm 
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I'm sorry to see you go Ed. Hope you'll come back again some day!

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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
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Congrats Ed! Hope to see you back one day... :)

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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
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Ed and I joined at the same time and came through the academy together. We had the same training officer and started our careers playing a few manouvers against each other. I am sorry to see him go. Best wishes sir! <salute>

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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:48 am 
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Hope you'll return one day Ed. Thank you for all you have done for the club.

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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:42 am 
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General you resume is very impressive and I salute you for this good work for the Union and Club.

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Commanding Cumberland Rifles Division, XX Corps
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 Post subject: Re: Retiring AotS Officer, Lt. Gen. Ed Blackburn, Honored!
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Best wishes!

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