August 31. 2018 10:34PM

Military News: Army Reserve ambassador to NH receives medal


Maj. Gen. Troy D. Kok, left, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve's 99th Readiness Division, pins the Public Service Commendation Medal on Army Reserve Ambassador James A. Normand of Manchester. (courtesy)


MANCHESTER -- U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador to New Hampshire James A. Normand received the Public Service Commendation Medal during a ceremony last month on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Maj. Gen. Troy D. Kok, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve's 99th Readiness Division, presented the medal, which is the fourth highest public service decoration the U.S. Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian.

The Army Reserve Ambassador Program was established in 1998 for private citizens to promote awareness of the Army Reserve and its goals and objectives and to advocate for the Reserve in states and communities.

As an ambassador, Normand also assists Army Reserve soldiers and their families with difficulties associated with deployment.

The volunteer ambassadors carry a protocol status equivalent of a major general.

Normand is an attorney from Manchester and a graduate of Manchester High School West, the University of New Hampshire and Boston University School of Law.