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MG Horatio Gates Gold Medal


To recognize the extraordinary achievements and service of individuals who promote the objectives and purposes of the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA) as set forth in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.

Extraordinary achievements and service contributions to both the Army / Adjutant General’s Corps “and” AGCRA must be met for approval.

IMPORTANT – The award recommendation will automatically be returned by the AGCRA National Executive Council VP, Awards to the recommending official if there are insufficient AGCRA contributions.  Also, see the Criteria section below.


Any military or civilian personnel who is first a member in good standing of the Association, and who is a member of the Adjutant General’s Corps or other Human Resources professional affiliated with the Adjutant General’s Corps, when the award recommendation is submitted.   In addition to AG Corps contributions, the award recommendation must include AGCRA local Chapter or National Executive Council contributions.  The nominee must be an active AGCRA member to receive this award.

Eligibility Change Effective 1 April 2022 (in addition to the Eligibility requirements stated above):

Horatio Gates Gold Recommendation – AGCRA Members nominated for this award must:

  1. Have been previously awarded the Horatio Gates Bronze Medal, and;
  2. Nomination must be at least 2 years from receiving a previous COL Robert L. Manning Achievement or Horatio Gates Award, and;
  3. AGCRA Members may not receive the Horatio Gates Gold Medal more than once.

The AGCRA Lifetime Gold Medal – AGCRA Members nominated for this award must:

  1. Have served as a member of a local AGCRA Chapter or on the National Executive Council, and;
  2. Have been previously awarded a Horatio Gates Gold Medal, and;
  3. Nomination must be at least 5 years from the last Horatio Gates Gold Medal, and with Army / AG Corps and AGCRA contributions that support a Lifetime Gold Medal;
  4. The Lifetime Gold Medal may only be awarded once.

The VP, Awards on the AGCRA National Executive Council, has disapproval authority for any Horatio Gates awards that does not meet eligibility or criteria requirements.


Major General Horatio Gates Gold Medal is awarded for extraordinary achievements and distinguished service over an extended period of time to the Army / Adjutant General’s Corps “and” Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association (AGCRA).

In addition to Army / AG Corps contributions, supporting the AGCRA is defined as holding or serving as a Chapter Officer or Committee Member in current, previous, or multiple AGCRA Chapters.  It includes, but is not limited to, acting as lead / organizer for numerous Chapter or Association events, consistent committee participation in local Chapter activities, including membership drives, fundraisers, Association meetings, lectures, Chapter breakfasts / lunches, local AG Ball, or any other activities sponsored by the Chapter leadership.

Exceptions apply only to current members in a deployed location without a local Chapter.

Note – AGCRA membership alone does not fulfill the significant service criteria for this award.  The Major General Horatio Gates Gold Medal is the highest award authorized by the Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association.


Horatio Gates was the first Adjutant General of the Army.  A Gold Medal was presented to Major General Gates by Congressional resolution to commemorate his victories over the British in the Battles of Bennington, Fort Stanwix, and Saratoga.  These three key battles prevented the British from occupying the strategic Hudson Valley and isolating New England from the other colonies during the Revolutionary War.  A replica of the original Gold Medal honors Gates’ service and leadership.


$50.00, borne by the Recommending Authority.

The price includes Medal Set and Shipping.  Shipping includes First Class or Priority.  You can purchase a Medal Set and Shipping at the following link:  MG Horatio Gates Gold Medal (click Category to the right, then Awards).

Note the following:

  • Before purchasing any AGCRA medal set, please “confirm” award approval with the AGCRA VP, Awards, by emailing
  • Expedited, Express, or Overnight shipping costs are extra – contact for details.
  • This award will not be shipped until the AGCRA National Executive Council approves.

Recommending Procedures

Anyone with firsthand knowledge of an individual’s achievement and / or service that meets the above criteria can recommend that individual for this award.  On the AGCRA Award Nomination Form, recommendations will be emailed (preferred method) to the AGCRA NEC VP, Awards at  The VP, Awards will verify membership status, check the recommendation against the award criteria, place the recommendation before the NEC for approval, and then process the award certificate and medal.  The award recommendation must arrive as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days before the requested presentation date.

The award recommendation must contain contributions to the Army / AG Corps “and” AGCRA, as well as the desired presentation date.  The local AGCRA Chapter President must endorse the recommendation.  If there is no local AGCRA Chapter in your area, the senior Adjutant General’s Corps Officer, or DoD / DA HR Civilian leader, in the chain of command will endorse the recommendation.  

Once the award has been voted by the National Executive Council and approved, payment may be made via the awards link using a credit or debit card (preferred method).  Exceptions for payment methods are on a case-by-case basis.  The AGCRA VP, Awards (, can only process credit or debit card transactions award payments within the Sutler Store of

Approval Process

The AGCRA NEC will review award recommendations and base its vote on the merits of the achievement(s) or service.  A majority of the National Executive Council Awards Committee must approve the recommendation.  

Certificates for approved recommendations will be provided to the President of the Association for authenticating signature.  The certificate and medal will be mailed to the recommending authority when signed.  If mailing has to be expedited, recommending authority will cover the additional costs.


Award recipients will be published in “1775″ on the official AGCRA website.


Medals and certificates will be presented with an appropriate air of formality and at fitting ceremonies such as AG Balls, anniversary celebrations of the Adjutant General’s Corps, or Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association Chapter activations, activities, events, or retirement ceremonies.


All AGCRA awards will be recorded by entering the recipient’s rank / title, full name, and approved award in a database maintained by the Association VP, Awards.  This database will be reviewed as part of the approval process.


In the unlikely event that information becomes known that a fraudulent award has been made, or dishonorable conduct is substantiated, the National Executive Council can revoke this award, annotate the database, and notify the individual of the action.