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‘Soldiers matter’

Statesboro Armory renamed in honor of native son Brig. Gen. Terrell Reddick in Saturday ceremony

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    “Soldiers Matter.”
    That simple, yet powerful message first coined by Brig. Gen. Terrell Reddick, so spoke to the importance of each member of the military that it was adopted as the official motto of the Georgia National Guard.
    Now, in addition to that motto, there will be another reminder of the legacy Reddick left.
    The Army National Guard Armory in Statesboro was renamed to the BG Terrell T. Reddick Armory Saturday to honor Reddick’s service and impact. Reddick, a Statesboro native, died in September 2005.
    “It’s so special that Terrell is being remembered in this way that will be a lasting tribute that will remain for a long time,” said Reddick’s widow, Linda Reddick.
    She said her husband was a dedicated believer.
    “I know that he felt that officers really needed to pay special attention to the soldiers and meet their needs,” she said. “That was one of his concerns that the soldiers out on the fighting lines be taken care of.”
    “The kind of inspirational leadership that he brought to the guard helped everyone see the good that was in them and let them be the best they could be,” said Lt. Gen. David Poythress, Adjutant General of Georgia.
    Poythress said naming the Armory after Reddick will not only serve as a reminder of who Reddick was, but will also do much more.
    “It’s not all about the person you’re honoring and it’s not all about the family,” he said. “It’s about all of us.
    “When we honor someone, we’re saying this is what we want to be,” Poythress said. “He represents everything we would like to be.”
    Maj. Gen. William T. Nesbitt, commander of the Georgia Army National Guard, called Reddick a great leader who helped shape the Georgia Army National Guard into the force it is today.
    Naming the Armory after Reddick honors his legacy, Nesbitt said.
    “It will be a lasting reminder to future generations of the great leader that was and to continue to inspire leadership in the young folks coming along,” Nesbitt said.
    Also during the dedication ceremony, Reddick’s widow, Linda Reddick, was given a “Minuteman” statue by the Command Sergeant Major Council and a plaque was unveiled honoring Reddick and his service.
    Luke Martin can be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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