Above and Beyond

12/05/2011  |  By Staff Sgt. Richard Harris 98th Training Division (IET), Public Affairs
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Staff Sgt. George Dadson donates blood, the gift of life, during a blood drive event held at the 98th Training Division (IET) headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Harris, 98th Training Division (IET) Public Affairs.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — America was founded by individuals who possessed a strong conviction in the idea of citizenship.  It was this certainty that their civic duty and responsibility to the public would be the firm foundation to the creation of a strong community.  They believed that our nation’s success and survivability hinged on its citizens patriotic yearning to put the needs of the nation above their own personal aspirations.  One motivated individual could make a difference.

While many citizens today may doubt the power of one, Staff Sgt. George Dadson of the 98th Training Division does not follow that mantra.

Dadson embodies the enhanced sense of citizenship on which our nation was founded.  A quiet role model of the 98th Training Division, he was recently honored to be nominated and awarded as the 2010 Greece (New York) Citizen of the Year, due to his tireless contributions to his community through his service to the American Legion.

This is no small feat.  The town of Greece, N.Y. just west of Rochester, N.Y., has a population just shy of 100,000 people.  “His efforts have contributed to the Greece Post being the largest in Monroe County (NY),” said Master Sgt. (Ret.) Victoria Ferris.

Each year the Greece Chamber of Commerce presents the Girlie Goodwin Citizen of the Year award to an individual whose service has inspired others through personal contributions to their community and the organizations they served.

Dadson, a member of American Legion Post 468 for over 14 years, has held the positions of Sergeant of Arms for the Legion Board for two years, and Sergeant of the Color Guard for six years.  He is also the Board President of the Post Home Corporation for three years where he is responsible for the day to day operations of the post home, grounds and security.

Staff Sgt. George Dadson is awarded the Military Outstanding Service Medal from Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards, commander, 98th Training Division (IET).

Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Harris, 98th Training Division (IET) Public Affairs.

“As Sergeant of the Color Guard, he (Dadson) was instrumental in increasing the membership and their training,” Ferris added.  This dedication to the Guard led to the Color Guard winning six consecutive New York State American Legion Color Guard Championships.  And as the Color Guard Sergeant, he dedicated countless hours of training and leadership in 2009 and led the Post Color Guard to the 2009 National American Legion Color Guard Competition in Louisville, Kentucky where the Post Color Guard earned First Place in the Post and Retrieve division.

“He volunteered countless hours to the charitable causes of the Post for veterans and their families and the Greece Community,” Ferris said.  “He is a credit to his family, community and the United States Army Reserves.”

But Dadson’s dedication extends beyond the American Legion.  Among his many passions are the American Red Cross.  He donates blood regularly and has initiated two American Red Cross blood drives at the Post. 

He’s a 27 year veteran of the Army Reserve, entirely with the 98th Training Division, and has held many positions over his illustrious career.  He has served two combat tours in Iraq.  His duties overseas as a combat engineer included weapons/cache and improvised explosive device (IED) destruction, but he wasn’t the first in his family to serve during a time of war.

“I owe my patriotism and belief in selfless service to my father (George Dadson Sr.), a combat veteran of Vietnam,” Dadson said. “He instilled in me the importance to always remember and thank our servicemen and women for the sacrifices they gave for our freedoms that made our country what it is today.”

Dadson reminds us that service to our nation is an honorable duty, but service to our community is all a part of that commitment to country.  We wear the uniform and fulfill the nation’s requirements, but our every day actions outside of the uniform are equally as important.

All American Soldiers answer the nation’s call, but thankfully there are still those who go above and beyond.

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