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SPECIALIST ROLAND JONES
311th Base Support Battalion
For outstanding achievement as a Petroleum Specialist, 311th Base Support Battalion, while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On arrival, SPC Jones immediately recognized the need and established the first hazardous waste collection point in Ahn Bar Province bringing order and better working conditions to a chaotic environment. His actions streamlined operations and brought the battalion into OSHA compliance for the first time since the incursion. In addition to his regular duties, SPC Jones aided the Vehicle Maintenance shop in the repair and service of over 220 critical vehicles. His valiant efforts produced the lowest vehicle breakdown rate in three years and was critical to the safety of military personnel and mission success. The accomplishments of SPC Jones bring great credit upon himself, the 311th BSB, and the United States Army
PERIOD: 25 MAR 2007 TO 24 APR 2008
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