TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE
DEFENSE SUPERIOR SERVICE MEDAL
ARNOLD E RESNICOFF
|Captain Arnold E. Resnicoff, United States Navy, distinguished himself by exceptionally
superior service while serving as Command Chaplain, Headquarters, United States European Command, from May 1997 to May 2000. As principal advisor on religion, ethics, and morals to the Commander in Chief United States European Command, Chaplain Resnicoff's exceptional leadership, unparalleled strategic vision, and extraordinary moral courage made an unprecedented impact not only on the more than 100,000 military personnel stationed in this area of operations, but on the top levels of leadership of all branches of the armed forces. He worked with Chiefs of Chaplains, Ambassadors and heads of State, to champion issues of quality of life and religious freedom on the part of military personnel, helping other nations struggle with issues of democracy and human rights in creative and powerful new ways. Working within an area that encompassed 89 countries and more than 13 million square miles, he traveled extensively to work with military and civilian personnel, including refugees and civilian relief workers in Bosnia, Kosovo and Albania, forging new roles for chaplains in the area of civilian-military cooperation, and the role of religion in both conflict resolution and reconciliation. Throughout it all, Chaplain Resnicoff's personal integrity, deep faith, and inspirational loyalty to the values of our nation and our military helped remind our armed forces, from the most junior enlisted person to the most senior officer, what it is we stand for and what it is we must stand against. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Captain Resnicoff reflect great credit upon himslef, the United States Navy, and the Department of Defense.