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Larson Presents Medal to U.S. Army Reserve Officer, Bristol Resident

September 5, 2014
Press Release
Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Nelligan receives the distinguished 'Legion of Merit' for exemplary achievement

Hartford, CT – Last week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Patrick Nelligan, Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) of the U.S. Army Reserve's 81st Regional Support Command Augmentation Detachment, with the ‘Legion of Merit’. Nelligan, a Bristol resident, was joined by his family and representatives of the Army Strong Community Center for the presentation.

"Through his selfless efforts and sacrifice, Patrick strengthened a pathway for others who wish to serve their nation," said Larson. "I am honored to present the Legion of Merit to such a deserved member of our Armed Forces and join in thanking him for his work and continued service."

While recommended more than two years ago, Nelligan had not yet received the Legion of Merit he earned due to delays in processing. Upon hearing of the delays, Congressman Larson petitioned directly to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command to process the award prior to today's presentation.

The Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who exhibit exceptionally meritorious service. As the Officer in Charge of Northeastern US Region Recruiting Assistance Program, Nelligan is credited with establishing an effective mentorship program, resulting in a 100% candidate completion rate in Warrant Officer Candidate School and a significant reduction in Non-Participant Soldiers and Unsatisfactory Performers during his tenure.