Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Barry Carper, is pleased to announce that a remarkable American: dedicated public servant, world-traveler, and true patriot, Command Sergeant Major, Randolph Delapena, will serve the 2019 Festival as the Court Ambassador to the Court of Queen Shenandoah XCII.
Command Sergeant Major, Randolph Delapena, became the Command Sergeant Major of the Transatlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on February 5th, 2019. The Transatlantic Division provides design, construction execution, and related engineering services directly supporting U.S. Central Command in establishing conditions for regional security and stability. With almost 800 people, the Transatlantic Division executes projects in the majority of the countries from Egypt through the Middle East and Central Asia. The Transatlantic Division, headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, oversees construction programs exceeding $4 billion through the Middle East District, Transatlantic Afghanistan District, Task Force Essayons in Kuwait and Iraq, and Mosul Dam Task Force in Iraq. The Division also provides contingency and field force engineering resources for Operations Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel, Resolute Support, and other military activities.
CMS Delapena is a native of Miami, Florida. He graduated from Miami Coral Park Senior High in June 1996. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to become a Combat Engineer. His military education includes [partial list]: 7th Army Primary Leadership Development Course (Honor Graduate & Leadership Award); Combat Engineer Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course (Honor Graduate & Leadership Award); Combat Engineer Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course (Leadership Award & Commandant List); U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 64 (Commandant List); and, U. S. Army Drill Sergeant School (Leadership Award & Commandant List). He has also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College graduating Cum Laude.
CMS Delapena’s awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal (three awards); Meritorious Service Medal (four awards); Army Commendation Medal (six awards); Army Achievement Medal (nine awards); Good Conduct Medal (seven awards); National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (five awards); Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards); Army Service Ribbon; International Security Assistance Force North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation (three awards); Combat Action Badge; Drill Sergeant Identification Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Drivers Badge (Wheel/Track); Ivory Coast, German, Australian, Canadian Jump Wings; and German Schützenschnur (Silver).
He has also been awarded: Bronze DeFleury Medal (Engineer); Honorable Order of Saint Barbara (Field Artillery); Distinguished Member of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment; Honorary Member of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment; selected as Fort Sill Drill Sergeant of the Year for 2005; and awarded the U.S. Army Forces Command Sturgis Award (Top Engineer NCO) recipient for 2007. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve. It goes without saying that Festival Organizers are incredibly proud to make this young man a part of the 2019 Festival!