Tom Holcom honored by U.S. Army

CEO of Pioneer Services recognized with 'Army Commanders Award for Public Service' for his many contributions

During the Army Ball's 237th birthday celebration in Kansas City June 9, 2012, CEO Tom Holcom was honored with the "Army Commanders Award for Public Service." The medal was presented to him by Lt. General David G. Perkins, Commandant of the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

During the presentation by Gen. Perkins, Holcom was recognized for his many contributions to the military community:

  • He was the first chairman of the Command and General Staff College Foundation's board of directors, and a significant force in directing the foundation's growth and prosperity

  • Is fully engaged in Angel Flight, a non-profit, charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends who arrange free air transportation, including for wounded service members and their families

  • Actively supports and assists 'Business Executives for National Security,' which helps bring business solutions to the defense department operations

  • Promoted, and assisted the development of, a jobs and services website for veterans, active-duty service members, and military families

  • Was instrumental in creating the Warrior Center at Park University in Parkville, Mo., which is specifically designed to meet the education needs of wounded service members

  • Encourages his company's employees to participate in Kansas City's twice-annual Heart of America Stand Down, which provides help and assistance to homeless and seriously disadvantaged veterans.

"This award is a great honor, and I thank General Perkins and the Army for this recognition," said Holcom. "For me, the true reward is in knowing that I, in some small way, helped the men and women of the Army. They give so much to our nation, and it's only right for us to give them the support they need in return."

This is the second time Holcom has been recognized by the Army; he also received the "Outstanding Civilian Service Medal" in 2010.