CG awarded the Order of Saint Barbara

Story by Pvt. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

The commanding general of the 13th Corps Support Command was inducted Tuesday into the Order of Saint Barbara at the COSCOM headquarters here.

Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, who was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in 1979, received recognition for supporting the field artillery in Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Richard P. Formica, commanding general of III Corps Artillery at Fort Sill, Okla., presented the award during a ceremony that was witnessed by Chambers' staff and fellow officers.

The Order of Saint Barbara is an honorary military society based on the legend of Saint Barbara. It is said that Saint Barbara was martyred for her Christian beliefs, and that her murderer was struck and killed by lightning. Because of this, she became the patron saint in time of danger from thunderstorms, fires and sudden death. She later became the patron saint of artillerymen. She was said to protect them from accidental explosions.

The Order symbolizes the professionalism, selfless service and sacrifice of Saint Barbara and the artillerymen she patronizes.


CG awarded the Order of Saint Barbara
CG awarded the Order of Saint Barbara