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SGT Cain took initiative to serve as a mentor to five newly promoted E5s within Distribution Platoon. He related numerous leadership lessons from his time as a team leader, helped his colleagues rehearse responses to potential leadership challenges, and shared his high level of motivation and sense of purpose as a non-commissioned officer.
SGT Cain fulfilled his role as acting squad leader with poise, professionalism, and determination during Annual Training TY16. He maintained accountability of his assigned Soldiers and equipment, displayed maturity when handling Soldier issues, and outstanding judgment in accomplishing the mission.
He surveyed 4 hospitals and 1 military treatment facility, and identified 42 medical equipment units that need repair. Ordered repair parts, tools and test equipment needed for the mission. He performed critical equipment repair and calibration on 85 defective medical equipment units valued over $1.5M. Rendered user maintenance training to 70 host nation's personnel. In-briefed and out-briefed Department Heads, Hospital Director and Base Commanding Officer on the status of their equipment and the importance of preventive maintenance.
As a Bridge Crewmember assigned to Maintenance Platoon, PV2 Schonlau was stuck in an environment outside her comfort zone, yet remained undeterred in various situations always finishing the mission.
SPC Parker's diligence, hard work and commitment to her unit while performing as the unit Foreign Object Debris NCO earned the unit a superior grade of 100% and zero deficiencies during a DA Level Inspection. Her resourcefulness and sound judgment combined with her ability to work without supervision, contributed greatly to the Company's success.
While attending the Advanced Leader Course, SSG B set himself apart from his peers. He maintained a 98.75% grade point average. He did so by implementing an aggressive study plan forcing him to use his spare time accordingly; while managing to volunteer 6 hours to the Miracle Mile Breast Cancer Walk. SSG B set the standard for all of his classmates to imulate. His hardwork, can do attitude, and commitment to excellence resulted in him being selected as his class Distinguished Honor Graduate.
SPC Perales continued to serve as an Armorer in E Troop. When assigned to Headquarters Platoon, he demonstrated a pattern of outstanding performance while conducting monthly scheduled services and unscheduled repairs on over 200 pieces of equipment to maintain the Troop 100% readiness rate. SPC Perales displayed a high level of competence, professionalism and discipline while performing all assigned tasks and additional responsibilities.
SGT Parks provided leadership and direction for more than two weapons ranges during his time at the 62nd ESB. His competence with weapon systems allowed him to coach and mentor other Soldiers to qualify Basic Rifle Marksmanship, often with high marks such as sharpshooter. Anytime a range was scheduled, SGT Parks was prepared to assist as a NCOIC or a range safety; his steadfast and dedicated character made him a valuable member of Bravo Company and 62nd ESB.
SPC Bonawitz served as a "Guardian Angel" on a Base Closure Assistance Team (BCAT), dedicating himself to the personal care, protection and overall well-being of six assigned civilian personnel which was instrumental in the successful completion of BCAT mission. He provided overwatch and protection for civilian personnel tasked with base closure outside of initial area of operations. SPC Bonawitz volunteered to undertake mission that could possibly place his life in imminent danger.
SPC Boland's desire for knowledge and eagerness to succeed in his mission fostered a truly remarkable working environment. Through his cross training with the generator mechanics and his supervisor, he displayed an unmatched commitment to equipment readiness. SM worked long and laborious hours on his down time studying the 10 and 20 level manuals, and strived to learn and grow in his power generation role, ensuring that the 27th IBCT HRF power generation equipment was fully mission capable.
Through SGT Dillard's professionalism and expertise he established a Standard Operation Procedure and load-out plan for CBRNE response involving UXO containing Chemical Warfare Agent. After establishing his SOP, SGT Dillard trained two of TOY Teams in CBRNE response operations and decontamination of personnel and equipment. His efforts resulted in both SSG Rivera and SGT Edmonds' teams placing first and second place in the battalion TOY Competition.
SPC Hill utilized tenacity and self-motivation to assist with 3rd Battalion's first M969A3 Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP). SPC Hill's resourcefulness and sound judgment combined with his ability to work without supervision, contributed greatly to the cross training of five FARP Team members on the M969A3. He simultaneously issued 1500 pounds of Jet A1 fuel and 18,000 rounds of A257 to two MH-47 helicopters. He encouraged his team to perform above the standards to ensure the success of the mission.
SGT Knapp's diligence, hard work and commitment to his unit while performing as the unit armorer earned the unit a superior grade of 100% and zero deficiencies during an unannounced armsroom inspection from the PHYSICAL SECURITY IMBE-ESP-S.
SPC Garza served as a Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer for Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 3d CR She demonstrated a pattern of outstanding performance while conducting monthly scheduled services and unscheduled repairs on over 200 pieces of equipment to maintain the Squadron's 97% readiness rate. SPC Garza displayed a high level of competence, professionalism and discipline while performing all assigned tasks and additional responsibilities.
SPC Valez desire for knowledge and eagerness to succeed in his missions fostered a truly remarkable working environment. Through his cross training with the 92A Automated Logistics, he displayed an unmatched commitment to equipment readiness. SPC Valdez strived to learn and grow with his duties in the tool room as TMDE assistant. He worked countless hours on inventoring and processing TMDE and Tool Crib equipment ensuring that B Company 449th ASB equipment was fully mission capable.
His exemplary handling of administrative matters attests to his professional knowledge, willingness to accept responsibility, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt himself to any assignment or situation.
PFC Makowsky's attention to detail while performing his duties as a M270A1 Driver enabled his section to maintain their equipment at a high state of readiness. His launcher continually held a 98% operational readiness rate in both garrison and field exercises. PFC Makowsky's technical knowledge greatly assisted his Gunner and Section Chief in being able to safely fire 18 rockets at Rocket Valley. His personal desire to ensure that his launcher and section were ready for every mission was key component to the platoon's success.
Throughout the deployment, SPC Harrison consistently performed her demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. As the detachment's mail handler, SPC Harrison constructed, implemented, and reorganized an effective detachment level mail storage facility, which significantly increased the unit's ability to maintain accountability and manage distribution of the Soldiers' personal mail and parcels. Contributing to the high level of morale in the unit, she ensured that all mail was delivered to personnel within 24 hours. SPC Harrison attended and won the detachment soldier of the month board with an outstanding performance. During facility tours, she briefed and assisted in escorting the ARCENT CSM Frennier and the Provost Marshal commander Col. Duckett.
While serving as Alpha Company's NBC NCOIC, SPC Rivera diligently worked on 168 M40 pro masks, ensuring the serviceability of each prior to the COMET inspection. Her outstanding performance and dedication to duty was a major factor to the success of A CO 640th ASB passing the COMET inspection. She received 100% on the M40 pro mask portion of the COMET inspection.
During NTC Rotation 10-01, PV2 Snuffy was a major factor in D Troop's success during the vehicle draw process. PV2 Snuffy conducted Quality Assurance/Quality Control inspections on six wheeled vehicles and two M969 tankers. His attention to detail ensured all vehicles were fully mission capable, assuring that D Troop was able to perform all combat logistical patrols with zero mechanical break downs during full spectrum operations.
SPC snuffy successfully managed his team while being respnsible for the installation , operation and maintenance of one M1097 HMMWV, one PU-797 generator, eight RT1523 radios and various assorted communication devices valued in excess of $1.5 Million. During his tenure SPC snuffy supported over 100 subscribers per retrans mission with a 98% reliability communication quality rating for the 70th Brigade Support Battalion and the 210 Fires Brigade.
During his tenure in the 226th Signal Company, SGT Mestre distinguished himself by exceptional meritorious service, demonstrating to all that he is a professional Soldier, dedicated to excellence in his field of expertise. He not only executed his assigned tasks in a timely manner, he anticipated taskings that may get assigned to him and took the initiative to complete tasks beforehand. His untiring efforts and Can Do attitude testify to his achievements and accolades as an outstanding Soldier of the U.S. Army.
As the Field Crew Chief, SGT Leslie devoted countless hours to training and supervising the survey crew of 172nd Detachment from Fort Knox, KY. Under his supervision, the field team of 172nd Detachment completed the SABER Heliport survey mission in 12 days and attained certification from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
PVT Laurent served with great distinction while assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. He demonstrated exceptional MOS knowledge by flawlessly managing and maintaining 100% accountability of $252,027.59 worth of company CBRN equipment. This responsibility bestowed on him was instrumental to the unit readiness for the company of 89 soldiers and their spouses. PVT Laurent displayed tactical and technical competence, well beyond his pay grade.
PFC Campbell constantly requested to be placed in positions of responsibility. He created a Section key control system that organized the keys, by serial number, to five vehicles totaling 35 locks resulting in 100% accountability at all times. As the Education Center liaison for the Platoon, PFC Campbell contributed to the enrollment of 6 Soldiers into college courses.
While assigned to the Mortar Platoon, HeadQuarter Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, SPC Tilghman served as a gunner. His unrelenting motivation and determination for exellence were instrumental to the unit's success by conducting over 5 mortar ranges. Additionally, he deployed with the unit to the Joint Multinational Training Command rotation 11-12 where he conducted COP defence, laying the guns by using aiming circle and light mortarman training in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.
SGT Snuffy was appointed as the Training NCO during the Reintegration and Reset phase after deployment for his outstanding potential. He scheduled, resourced and tracked weekly unit level training for the company through leadership changes to include the Company Commander and First Sergeant. His attention to detail and dedication allowed for a smooth transition and training to continue for the Soldiers in the unit. SGT Lucas also assisted in facilitating weekly training meetings ensuring that the Commander's intent was fulfilled.
SPC Mason's devotion to duty and selfless service was inspiring. He worked outside of his MOS on numerous occasions cross-training as 92A (Automated Logistics Specialist). His dedication to the safety of those around him resulted in anyone around him adhering to the correct operational procedures and maintaining constant situational awareness during Home Station AT.
In support of BTH HND, MAJ Cuellar participated in numerous medical exercises, including two U.S. MEDRETES, two Host Nation medical Brigadas, and serving as medical liasion to a local Honduran clinic. She transitioned seemlessly to each mission despite planned leadership changes, difficult geographical locations, and challenging weather conditions. MAJ Cuellar's commitment to patient care and service to the Honduran population exemplifies the Army standard of dedication to mission success.
MAJ Cuellar was instrumental in BTH HND MEDRETE operational success. Her medical expertise coupled with Spanish capabilities served as a force multiplier by reducing the need for translator support and speeding patient care delivery. MAJ Cuellar facilitated MEDRETE and Host Nation objectives by working tirelessly and collaborating with her multinational peers.
SPC Jones ran the ammunition supply point for the battalion M2 range and was second to none while performing his duties, including ammunition pick up, operations, safety, and organization. SPC Jones consistently takes charge and motivates team members without prompting. SPC Jones repeatedly scored above 290 on his Army Physical Fitness Test. SPC Jones maintained the M998 HMMWV so well that the vehicle received Best M998 of the Quarter Award. SPC Jones consistently appeared at the board and excelled over his peers. SPC Jones selflessly dedicated his time to attending training and becoming the unit Equal Opportunity Representative. SPC Jones qualified expert on the M4 and the M240B, setting an excellent example for his fellow Soldiers. He also qualified Sharpshooter on the M2 .50 caliber machine gun and the M249 squad automatic weapon.
SPC Clouse assisted in maintaining 150 Individual Flight Record Folders comprised of 120 rated aviators and 30 non-rated crewmembers while performing duties as Flight Operations Specialist at Fort Polk, LA. He ensured all records were in accordance with FM 3-04.300, while accurately tracking over 14,000 flight hours. SPC Clouse's attention to detail assisted his section in receiving a 99% on a DA Level Inspection.
SPC May operated above and beyond in a high operational tempo environment by working 12 to 18 hour days and at times all night to ensure every ground unit's mission was fully supported by geospatial intelligence data. Due to lack of Geospatial manning, SPC May stepped up and was always dedicated to doing whatever was necessary for mission accomplishment and to ensure customer satisfaction from all coalition forces within Combined Team Zabul (CTZ) battlespace.
PFC JOE displayed a high level of competence and professionalism while serving as a team leader for 2nd squad at National Training Center. As a team leader, he was responsible for the welfare, accountability, and mission readiness of three Soldiers and the serviceability of his vehicle and his weapons, and all assigned equipment valued over 10 thousand dollars.
SPC Rice's hardwork and dedication to one Mission Readiness Exercise rotation to the Joint Muti-National Training Center Hohenfels was a success for the Regimental Support Squadron and 2d SCR. He played a vital role for Regimental Support Squadron by supporting over 2,500 2d Stryker Cavalry Troopers and over 1,000 Nato Forces Soldiers during Hohenfels rotation in support of pre-deployment to OEF 10-11.
In support of Operation Enduring Freedom XII, SFC Slick Warner, Alpha Battery/ TF Wow, served in Kabul and Placeville Province, Afghanistan from DAY MONTH YEAR until DAY Month YEAR as a Personal Security Detachment (PSD) member and as a Base Defense Operations Center (BDOC) RTO. As a PSD member from to XXXX and TF Wow RTO from June XXXX to present, SFC Warner's skills and competence played a vital role in TF Wow's mission success. His tact, work ethic, and positive attitude were particularly noteworthy. His attention to detail, enthusiasm, and indomitable spirit proved vital to BDOC operations, integrated defense, TF Wow's mission within Placeville Province, and support for various RC-East units during OEF XII.
SFC Warner's exceptional service as a PSD member resulted in 20 security patrols for 10 VIPs without incident. His efforts within the PSD ensured ISAF leaders across Afghanistan remained well protected. SFC Warner transitioned seamlessly from the PSD to the BDOC. SFC Warner's service as an RTO resulted in accountability of over 200 patrols throughout Placeville, Province. He also assisted BDOC battle drill execution for five IDF attacks. SFC Warner spent over 3,000 hours in the BDOC, leading to his ability to successfully integrate leaders' guidance and procedures within the BDOC. SFC Warner monitored radio traffic, a blue force tracker, and tracked over 200 mounted combat patrols throughout Placeville Province, Afghanistan. SFC Warner primarily communicated with TF Wow's maneuver units including a Military Police Company, an Infantry Company, a Headquarters Support Company, and an Air Force Quick Reaction Team.
SFC Warner was instrumental in the BDOC's day to day operational success. His planning skills allowed him to refine and implement over twenty BDOC Battle Drills, resulting in increased efficiency during critical moments. He expedited asset allocation to units conducting combat operations. His communication with 10 combat enablers including ISR assets, JTACs, fixed wing assets, rotary wing assets, fire supporters, and explosive ordnance personnel ensured our maneuver units had joint firepower to support their operations. His experience was also shared with Air Force personnel within the BDOC, creating an enhanced awareness of operations and allowing the 4th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron (ESFS) and TF Wow to command and control integrated defense efforts.
SFC Warner contributed greatly to his section's overall performance within the BDOC. His duty performance was superb while assigned to the PSD and the BDOC, coordinating numerous combat patrols and three major combat operations. Instrumental in facilitating the Task Force s communications with various units and organizations, SFC Warner's efforts led to the success of 4th ESFS and TF Wow's combat operations.
When COS Garry Owen experienced critical power outages, CPL Rosario was called upon because of his vast knowledge and experience with generator and electrical mechanics. He effectively led 2 other Soldiers to work tirelessly throughout the night to restore power to the Forward Surgical Team, the Battalion Aid Station, the MEDEVAC team, the Q36 Radar and the LCMR Radar. His eagerness and unmatched devotion to the military service and his job helped restore power to extremely vital units on COS Garry Owen.
SGT Taylor also passed every quarterly inspection, to include the Fort Stewart MIP, with a grade of 100%.His dilligence and commitment to his duties earned the battallion an award and a one thousand dollar check from DPW Enviromental, which untill this point had not been acomplished in the battallion.
SPC Campbell's eagerness and unmatched devotion directly led to the success of the 524th CSSB FTX. With his knowledge, he effectively led 8 soldiers to establish C&E section's Area of Operation, by training them in proper and correct set up of 15KW Generator Set and ASM 189/190 Electronic Repair Shops despite the lack of man power and critical resources, and for long and laborious hours. Seemingly ubiquitous, this soldier skillfully assisted every section in the company to establish their respective areas.
SPC Campbell demonstrated a pattern of outstanding performance during the preparation and relocating of 536th Support Maintenance Company in support of 524TH CSSB FTX to Dillingham Airfield. He skillfully repaired his sections ASM 189/190 Electronic Repair Shops brakes, and inventoried and set up 4 Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelters (DRASH) for the enitre company to allow 101 soldiers to have Air Conditioning, one of the most sought commodities in the Army, having done this during his personal time.
*AAM Bullet*: Soldier's desire for knowledge and eagerness to succeed in his missions fostered a truly remarkable working environment. Through his cross training with the 91B's Mechanical Maintenance Shop he displayed an unmatched commitment to equipment readiness. Although the work was tough and the missions long he strived to learn and grow in his automotive repair knowledge. He worked long and laborious hours on 5 ton vehicles and below ensuring that the 6th Engineer Battalion vehicles were fully mission capable.
o was the NCOIC for the Battalion MEDIC training, was overall responsible for the successful testing and training of 40 Soldiers to maintain medical readiness