Jelis recognition is 'outstanding'

To the Editor:

A recent story appeared about Sgt. Harley Jelis earning the Army’s highest recognition in journalism, the Keith L. Ware Award.

Ware, a major general, was killed in 1967 in Vietnam. His last assignment before that was as Army chief of information, a position that later became the chief of public affairs.

Having served as an Army public affairs officer for more than 25 years, in positions from the division level to the Joint Staff, I understand the rigorous standards for that award. That Sgt. Jelis, an Army National Guardsman in competition with Army Reservists and active duty soldiers, received the award is a tribute to his skill.

His accomplishment is, indeed, outstanding..

Gerard J. Monaghan

Lieutenant Colonel, AUS (retired)

New Milford