Staff Sergeant Susan B. Anthony distinguished herself by meritorious service while assigned as the Joint Operation Center (JOC) Operation Team Leader, Joint Force Headquarters, District of Columbia, from 13 January 2020 to 23 January 2021. SSGT Anthony provided outstanding support to the Joint Task Force District of Columbia for the historic 59th Presidential Inauguration of the Honorable Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States. SSGT Anthony served in an exceptional manner as Operation Team Leader on the first shift, mentoring junior enlisted Soldiers in the Army and Air Force who lacked operational experience, significantly increasing their level of competence and readiness for the Inauguration. In addition, she supervised the processing of over 170 Inaugural Requests for Assistance and Requests for Information, enabling District of Columbia National Guard Directorates to justify and receive the necessary personnel and equipment to support over 25,000 Soldiers and Airmen during the Occupation of the District of Columbia. The distinctive accomplishments of Staff Sergeant Anthony reflect credit upon herself, the District of Columbia Army National Guard and the United States Army.
For outstanding achievement as an Infantry Specialist, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, while deployed in support of Operation Black Flag. On arrival, Corporal Pusser immediately began training his peers in the National Guard using standard rifleman techniques. In addition, his dedicated efforts helped qualify 13 additional riflemen using minimal resources, which saved the Ohio National Guard over $10,000 and directly contributed to sustained mission success. The accomplishments of CPL Pusser bring great credit upon himself, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment and the United States Army.
For outstanding achievement as security force member serving in support of JTF Capital Response from 15 January to 24 January 2021. Staff Sergeant Villanueva demonstrated exceptional leadership while serving in a position above his rank during the Iron Inauguration mission. He, due to his maturity and experience, was appointed as Platoon Sergeant and provided leadership, organization, and direction to more than 200 Soldiers assigned to his area of responsibility while maintaining vigilance of his assigned sector. He coordinated and interfaced with other units and agencies to secure the Library of Congress and maintain law and order throughout the National Capital Region. During the days before, during, and following the Presidential Inauguration, he secured key locations around the District of Columbia and supervised ECPs in his area of responsibility for over 12 hours a day while simultaneously enforcing COVID restrictions. Staff Sergeant Villanueva's selfless performance during this deployment reflects great credit upon himself, the 108th Infantry Regiment, the New York National Guard and the United States Army.
During this period, the outstanding professionalism, followership, and ceaseless efforts of Airman Johnson resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the District of Columbia Air National Guard. While serving in support of law enforcement during Domestic Operations, he ensured the safety and security of citizens during prolonged civil unrest. Airmen Johnson assisted in the protection and preservation of nine critical United States Monuments saving the government thousands of dollars in restoration fees. Finally, his vigilance and contributions to the team inspired resilience and esprit de corps among his fellow Airmen. The distinctive accomplishments of Airman Johnson reflect credit upon himself, the 113th Operations Support Squadron and the United States Air Force.