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Steven Rabalais

Steven Rabalais, of Lafayette, has received a 2016 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for his book "General Fox Conner: Pershing’s Chief of Operations and Eisenhower’s Mentor."

Rabalais' book won the biography category of the award and was one of six books and three articles honored. Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, AHF chairman, announced the winners June 15 at the AHF annual members' meeting.

The book award winners received a plaque honoring the book and a $1,000 cash award. The Distinguished Writing Awards program was established in 1997 to recognize authors who make a significant contribution to the literature on U.S. Army history.

Conner influenced Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, the commander of Allied forces in Europe, and Gen. George Marshall, Army chief of staff in World War II. When America entered World War I, Conner played a key role in turning an unprepared Army into a strong fighting force as chief of operations for Gen. John J. Pershing, who led the American forces.

The book is published by Casemate Publishers.

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