July 7, 2017 -- DRS is fortunate to employ many U.S. military veterans. One is Al Mosher, senior director of international strategy for DRS Land Electronics and a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army, who was recently knighted with the prestigious Order of St. George Gold Medallion from the U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association.
The award program of black, bronze, silver and gold medallions was introduced by the Association in 1986 to honor outstanding service. Besides having built exceptional military careers, recipients have given and continue to give generously of their time and resources to the Army and Armor communities.
A West Point graduate, Mosher retired from the Army with the rank of colonel. He earned numerous distinguished service, meritorious, and achievement awards throughout his military career including receiving the U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award twice.
Mosher commanded the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor, 4th Infantry division during the Army Force XXI initiative. His unit was one of the first battalions in the U.S. Army to be equipped with situational awareness (SA), command and control (C2), and blue force tracking (BFT) systems.
Mosher’s knowledge of the FBCB2 combat computing systems and his role as an active user, eventually led to his appointment in 2005 as TRADOC capabilities manager for platform battle command and combat identification. (TRADOC stands for Training and Doctrine Command.) In this position, Mosher was instrumental in shaping the requirements of the current FBCB2 program as well as in defining the next generation of SA, C2 and BFT capabilities for the Joint Battle Command – Platform and the Mounted Family of Computer Systems programs. (FBCB2 stands for Force Battle Command Brigade and Below.)
After his retirement from the Army, Mosher joined DRS in 2008. He has held several senior positions in business development and strategy for the situational awareness and network computing lines of business. In his current capacity, he concentrates on international joint and coalition battle management and mission command capabilities, applying his broad military experience and unique user’s perspective in defining the next generation of C4ISR and battlefield digitization capabilities and products. (C4ISR stands for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.)
Of the approximately 10,000 St. George medallions given by U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association over the past three decades, fewer than 75 have been gold, the most distinguished level. Former gold medallion recipients include the 12th and 13th sergeant major(s) of the Army - SMA Jack Tilley and SMA Kenneth Preston along with army legends Gen. Donn Starry and Gen. George Patton.
Although members of the association nominate candidates for the honor, recipients of the gold medallion are not required to be members of the association or the military. The awards are named for St. George, the patron saint of mounted warriors. The saint, usually pictured on horseback, is associated with bravery and selfless service and has been adopted by many armor and cavalry units worldwide.