In Memoriam

The past year has been marked by the loss of the following Chemical Corps Soldiers.

To these Dragon Soldiers, the CCRA salutes you. Thank you for your service.

Dr. Valentin Novikov
Dr. Valentin NovikovNovember 8, 1955 - December 7, 2019
Dr. Valentin Novikov, (LTC Retired) passed away on 07 December 2019 from cancer related complications. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sheila Raso Novikov; son, John Raso and wife Rebecca (Michael and William); daughter Angel Novikov-Jank and her husband Wolfgang Jank (Isabella and Alexander); daughter Marisa Wardell and her husband Levi (John Paul); and daughter Natasha Novikov.

Two days before his death, he completed a lifetime goal and earned his Doctorate in Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Those that knew him best loved him for his work ethic, determination, positive attitude and good heart. He lived his life in pursuit of achieving his dreams, taking care of his wife and family, and getting the job done. He was a good man who believed in his country, believed in hard work, and was willing to lead by example in all phases of his life.
Dr. Novikov has been serving as the Joint Project Lead for Radiological and Nuclear Defense at the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland for the past 16 months after serving as the Deputy Joint Project Manager for Radiological and Nuclear Defense for 2 years. His previous assignments included the JPEO-CBD’s Chief of Strategic Initiatives and Deputy Program Manager for JPEO Support Services.

Dr. Novikov retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army in 2006 while serving as the Director for Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Combat Developments for the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Dr. Novikov’s other assignments during his 25 year Army career included: 3rd Chemical Brigade Executive Officer; 4th Infantry Division Chemical Officer in Tikrit, Iraq; 2nd Infantry Division Chemical Officer at Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea; Conventional Forces Analyst for Joint Staff; 4th Forward Support Battalion S3; 2nd Armored Division Assistant Chemical Officer; West Point Prep School Mathematics Instructor; 84th Chemical Battalion S3; Headquarters Company Commander at Johnston Island; 71st Chemical Company Executive Officer; and Chemical Officer for what was a nuclear capable 25th Division Artillery and 1-8th Field Artillery Battalion. After reaching the rank of Specialist Five with the Air Defense Artillery, and subsequent completion of Officer Candidate School as the Distinguished Academic Graduate at Fort Benning, Georgia, Dr. Novikov was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps.

He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University, a dual Master’s of Science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His last academic achievement was earning a Doctorate in Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.

Friends are invited to celebrate Dr. Novikov’s life at the Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD on Thursday, December 12 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis, MD on Friday, December 13 at 10:30 am. Interment, with full military honors, will take place at a later date.

Command Sergeant Major George L. Murray, U.S. Army Retired
Command Sergeant Major George L. Murray, U.S. Army RetiredMarch 31 1919 - October 23 2019
CSM (Ret) George Murray was born on 31 March 1919 in New Bedford, Mass. He enlisted in the Army 17 April 1939 out of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Separate Chemical Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he was serving on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He returned to Edgewood Arsenal, Md., in 1942 to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). After graduation he was assigned to Camp Sibert, Ala. In August 1944, he joined C Company of the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion in France and served with the battalion for the remainder of World War II.

From the end of the War to 1951, he served in various assignments in CONUS, including the Deseret Chemical Center, UT, the 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash., and the 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. In 1949 he reverted back to the enlisted rank of Master Sergeant. He served as First Sergeant and instructor in the Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) School in Japan from November 1951 to July 1954. Afterwards, he returned to CONUS and served at Fort Dix, N.J., as Committee Chief of the CBR School. He was promoted to Sergeant Major on April 8, 1959 and served as Sergeant Major for the 100th Chemical Group and for the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Training Command. From July 1960 to July 1964, he served at Headquarters Chemical Sections in Orleans, France and Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to Fort McClellan, Ala., in August 1964 and again served as Sergeant Major of the 100th Chemical Group. In January 1969 he was promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps School, which made him one of the first Sergeants Major to be promoted to the new rank of CSM.

CSM (Ret) Murray is a veteran of both the Pacific and European Theaters of Operations during World II. He is a veteran of Pearl Harbor and the campaigns of Northern France, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland and Germany. His awards include the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC).

After his retirement in 1969, CSM Murray accepted a position as Safety Supervisor, with the FMC Corporation in Anniston, AL. He continues to be active supporting the Chemical Corps Museum and the Chemical Corps Regimental Association (CCRA). He served as the first Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment and is a member of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Hall of Fame. CSM Murray passed in his sleep on the morning of 23 October 2019.

Awards and Decorations:

Bronze Star
Army Commendation Medal, W/OLC
Good Conduct Medal, 6th Award
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, 1 Star
European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, with Stars
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal, with OLC
Korean Service Medal
UN Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Belgium Fourragere

In dedication to all members of the Chemical Corps who gave their lives in combat against the enemies of our country during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. Their sacrifice has not been made in vain.

CPL Mark Bibby
2LT Benjamin Colgan
CPL Arron Clark
SSG Morgan Kennon
CPL Forest Jostes
SGT Gregory Wahl
SPC Mark Kasecky
SGT Thomas Rosenbaum
SSG Robert Johnson
SFC Mickey Zaun
SSG Stephen Sherman
SPC Lizbeth Robles
SPC Ignacio Rameriz
SGT Jonathon Lootens
SGT Marco Miller
SPC Elias Elias
CPL Jason Nunez
SPC Eddie Tamez
SGT Jacob Shumuecker
SPC James Gudridge
SPC Arturo Huerta-Cruz
SGT Jamie Gonzales
SSG Scott Burgess
SPC Krystal Fitts
SGT Trinidad Martin-Luiz
SPC William L. Bailey
SPC Chris Workman
SFC Jeremiah Johnson