The Enterprise Veteran’s Parade Committee announces that Maj. (Ret.) Conrad Stempel and CW5 Russell Smith are the 2019 Veteran and Active Duty Service Member Of The Year, respectively.
The two will serve as the Grand Marshals for the Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 7, which will start at 6 p.m.
Stempel served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1983. He served as commander in the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 64th Armor and the 2nd Armored Division’s 1st Battalion, 66th Armor.
The Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm are just some of his awards from his time in the military.
Now, he is a member of the Enterprise Lions Club and Co-Chairperson of the Wiregrass Wounded Veterans Committee. Both organizations were instrumental in creating the Wounded Warrior Retreat By The Lake cabin at Lake Tholocco on Fort Rucker. He is also a member of the American Legion Post 73, AUSA Fort Rucker/Wiregrass Chapter, VFW Post 6683, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 0373.
Stemple is the teacher for the Doc Walding Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church as well.
Smith has been serving in the military since 1977 and is currently on active duty at Fort Rucker. He is currently enlisted in the Army but has also served in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
He has served as 6th Command Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S. Army Reserve as well as the U.S. Army Reserve Deputy Commandant at the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College at Fort Rucker.
Smith has served as part of the Army staff at the Pentagon as well.
He was the lead investigating agent into what was designated as the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s most significant investigation in 2002 which could have impacted the success of the U.S. invasion into Iraq in 2003.
Some of Smith’s awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation and Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal.
Smith is a member of the VFW Post 6683, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 28-3, AUSA Fort Rucker/Wiregrass Chapter and Above the Best Silver Chapter of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association to name a few organizations.
He has led the effort to raise money for the Wreathes Across America program and assisted in the construction of homes through the Habitat for Humanity program.
“All of the nominees for this year’s awards were distinguished gentlemen of outstanding military service,” said VFW Post 6683 Commander Otis Smith. “We are extremely proud of Mr. Conrad Stempel and Mr. Russell Smith. Their record of service speaks for itself as does their commitment and love for the military, their community and their country. We are proud to have them both in our community.”