DVIDS – News – Female infantry soldier decorated with the Order of Saint-Maurice

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She became the Cal Guard’s first female infantryman three years ago and has continued to make her mark. On Feb. 7, Sgt. 1st Class Cyndi Baltezore received the Order of Saint Maurice Medal (OSM) at Cal Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Sacramento.

Recipients are selected by the National Infantry Association’s SMO Board of Directors using a vigorous vetting process to ensure that recipients represent the highest standards of integrity, morality and of professionalism.

“I really hope that I will not be the last to receive this award as a female infantryman. I know there are many other women who aspire to join the infantry. We are here to fight for our county,” Baltezore said.

OSM was established in 1995 by the United States Army and is named after the 3rd century leader of the Roman Theban Legion, Saint Maurice. Notable recipients include retired U.S. Army General and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Dale A. Dye, a decorated retired U.S. Marine Corps captain and founder of Warriors, Inc.
To date, less than 5% of winners are women. Baltezore’s opportunity to serve in the infantry came in the wake of the Army Secretary of Defense’s 2015 order to open all military assignments to women.

Since then, this 16-year veteran and San Diego resident has been promoted to leadership positions above her peers, regardless of gender. Currently, she is an Operations NCO with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

“It’s difficult to join the infantry at 18. She came into the field mid-career, proving she has the courage and determination to not only be an infantryman, but to lead infantry as we prepare for combat in a very demanding organization, the 1 -185th Stryker Battalion,” said Major General David Baldwin, the Adjutant General of the Cal Guard.

Full-time, Baltezore works for Cal Guard’s Drug Enforcement Task Force (CDTF), which supports local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies and community coalitions that have an anti-drug connection. -drugs as the main objective. CDTF support deprives drug trafficking organizations of the ability to conduct drug trafficking operations in our state.

Baltezore led a security program in his unit which was later established throughout CDTS. The program is comprehensive and ensures the safety of all members statewide.
Other duties involve his leadership and instruction which encompass urban and rural reconnaissance and troop lead procedures.

Mrs. Julia Baltezore was also honored and awarded the Shield of Sparta, Heroine of Infantry award. This award recognizes soldier spouses who have made a significant contribution to supporting their soldiers in a way that stands out in the eyes of infantry leaders.

“Julia embodies the significance of this award,” said Sgt. 1st class Baltezore. “She does the work of two people to take care of our house and our family when I left. She puts my career ahead of hers and follows me where the military station me,” Baltezore continued.

The couple met in 2014 and married in 2016. Julia, a microbiologist, works at the Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at UC Davis in California.

“She’s very dedicated and wants to go as far as she can,” Julia said of his wife’s achievement. “When Cyndi thinks of something, she definitely does it. … She worked very hard to pass infantry school and she is very proud to represent women in the National Guard and infantry. I know that means the world to her, so please support and honor her.







Date taken: 02.08.2020
Date posted: 13.02.2020 12:15
Story ID: 362975
Site: California, United States





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