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1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion celebrates 100th anniversary

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Montana's 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday with an awards ceremony at Fort Harrison.

Montana's 163rd Infantry deployed at Port Moresby, New Guinea during the summer after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

According to organizers, the ceremony honored the history of the group and their importance to Montana.

Major Sean Hardy is the Executive Officer of the 1st 163rd Combined Arms Battalion and he noted the group's dedication.

"Our dedication to our mission, both state and federal, is extremely high and our soldier within the ranks that we have today are busier than they ever have been along with the state fires," he said. "It's very important to see the family, the friends, the veterans, the current officers, and soldiers within the 163rd."

Presentation of the Order of Saint Maurice to LTC Michael Moreni:

The order of Saint Maurice Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the Infantry in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates, and peers. 

Presentation of the Order of Saint George to 1SG Ronald Kentzel:

In 1986, The United States Cavalry & Armor Association established the Honorable Order of ST George to recognize the very best tankers and cavalrymen among its members.

Presentation of the Upshaw Award to COL (ret) Tom Harrington and SGM (ret) Todd Stewart

Joe Upshaw was an enlisted infantry mortar man and Non-Commissioned Officer with the 163rd Infantry Regiment during World War II. He remained in the Army National Guard after the War and rose to command the 163rd Regiment, retiring as a Colonel.

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