As part of the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame Induction two-day event, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, along with members of the Weinstein Family, took a moment to recognize a Soldier who excels in the Military Intelligence field. They presented him with the Lt. Gen. Sidney T. Weinstein Award for Excellence in Military Intelligence, June 27.
Receiving the award was Capt. Chad Lorenz, a 29-year-old Army captain currently assigned as the S2 for the 2nd Squadron, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
In his remarks, the captain explained he had no idea that he was submitted for the award by his unit at Fort Hood until early April when he was “somewhat cryptically instructed to wait for a phone call,” he said.
“When the connection was made, I at first believed I was speaking with a very nice major from Fort Huachuca whose name unfortunately I didn’t quite catch over my [badly connected] DSN (Defense Switched Network) phone line,” Lorenz continued. “It wasn’t until near the end of the call as I was chatting casually about mundane administrative details that I realized the major on the other end of the phone line was actually a general – Major General Ashley.”
The guest speaker for the award presentation was retired Col. Daniel Baker who had worked directly for Weinstein twice during his Army career.
“General Weinstein truly loved Soldiers — but don’t think that meant he coddled the troops,” Baker said in his remarks. “Rather, he challenged them to be successful.”
Each year, the Sidney T. Weinstein award recognizes one outstanding MI captain who, through his or her actions, demonstrates the values and ideals for which Lt. Gen. Weinstein stood: Duty, Honor and Country.
Over the course of 2013, Lorenz consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of tactical and technical competency in both garrison and combat environment. In addition, he proved to be an outstanding leader and role model for the III Corps junior leaders.
According to Lorenz’s biography, III Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Mark Milley stated that Lorenz holds exceptional competence and leadership abilities, calling him “the number-one Intel captain I have ever seen.”
After receiving his awards from Ashley and the Weinstein Family, Lorenz thanked God, and his Family and friends. But in the end, he had one more group to add.
“I wanted to take a quick moment to highlight the importance of mentorship in today’s Army,” said Lorenz. “Undoubtedly, the reason I am standing here today is because of a few individuals who believed enough in me to invest their personal time towards my professional development.”
The captain went on to thank professors, officers and leaders who sacrificed their own hours to assist him in his development and then trust him to represent them in positions of uncommon responsibility.