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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Retired Capt. William J. Armstrong and Master Sgt. Trevor M. E. George were awarded the Legion of Merit for their dedicated service and achievements during their tenure in the Massachusetts National Guard on May 15.


Col. Francis B. Magurn II, Land Component Commander, Massachusetts National Guard, pinned the award on Armstrong and George during an award ceremony held at the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters building.


Both men had served the National Guard and their country in a multitude of positions.

Armstrong served in various infantry units throughout his 35 year career which began as an officer and ended as master sergeant due to a break in service. He was a company commander twice and a first sergeant.


George served on the Honor Guard for many years providing funeral honors to fallen comrades. He also served in many of the same roles as Armstrong.


“We seemed to follow each other around switching jobs every now and then,” said George.

Lt. Col. Arthur Elbthal, Director, Plans, Policy and Programs, Massachusetts National Guard, worked with Armstrong for approximately 25 years.


“He personified the philosophy mission first, people always,” Elbthal said. “He was a true leader who always cared about soldiers.”


When asked what they were most proud of in their illustrious careers in the Massachusetts National Guard, they expressed deep gratitude and appreciation.


Armstrong said he was most grateful for the people he served with and the mentorship he was given as well as the mentorship provided.


“Mentorship wasn’t just a saying, it was a way of life,” Armstrong said.

George was equally grateful for his ability to serve.


I am most proud of serving the nation, deploying and protecting the American way of life, said George.


George was indeed a great leader and servant of the community but he didn’t do it on his own.

“The people I served with made me great,” George said.


The Legion of Merit dates back to World War II and is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. It is one of the highest awards given and sixth in the order of precedence.




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Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major


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