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FOR MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT FROM 15 APRIL 2015 TO 30 AUGUST 2015, WHILE SERVING AS BATTALION S-4 DURING COMBAT SUPPORT TRAINING EXERCISE (CSTX) 2015. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS PAULSON DEMONSTRATED MISSION FOCUS AND PROFESSIONALISM IN A DYNAMIC MULTICOMPONENT EXERCISE ENVIRONMENT. HIS ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND ACCURATE LOGISTICAL ASSESSMENTS CONTRIBUTED TO A WELL RESOURCED TRAINING EXERCISE. SFC PAULSON'S PERFORMANCE AND SERVICE IS IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS AND STANDARDS OF MILITARY SERVICE AND REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, 2ND BATTALION, 1ST OPERATIONS BRIGADE, 101ST DIVISION AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.


MSG Reynolds was the driving force behind the development of the exercise concept, intelligence requirements and support plan for the Infantry Division's Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRE) and Corps War Fighter Exercise (WFX). He successfully orchestrated a diverse team of intelligence analysts and planners to develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplined intel scenario, and extensive intelligence architecture, and produced over 200 MSELs, which prepared the Infantry Division commander and staff for their rotation to Iraq in support of OIF II.


Concurrent with OIF planning, MSG Reynolds supported a key NATO Exercise by developing the threat database, Intelligence Estimate, Order of Battle, and the Intel Annex for command and staff participation. On short notice and with little assistance, he developed the key intelligence products for the extensive Intelligence Estimate Briefing presented to the senior foreign commander in charge of the exercise. His commendable efforts were recognized by the senior U.S. General officer of the U.S. response cell.


As the Chief of Exercises and Engagements, Defense Coordination Element - Kuwait, a Joint function under USCENTCOM and the U.S. Embassy, MSG Ailes aided and advanced the coordination and execution of Exercise IRON TALON, a Multi-National, Company Level Combined-Arms maneuver exercise located at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. As the primary point of contact between the Kuwait Ministry of Defense and U.S. Army Central (USARCENT), he collaborated with USARCENT G3 and the 77th Combat Aviation Brigade to facilitate the arrival of 140 coalition troops and execute two unscheduled Distinguished Visitor missions. In addition, MSG Ailes drafted and submitted critical time-sensitive memorandums and transport approval correspondence to the Kuwait Office of Military Cooperation, the Kuwait Air Operations Center, and Seaport of Embarkation/Debarkation, while simultaneously supporting the Kuwait Ministry of Defense and USARCENT.


For meritorious achievement as an Observer Controller Trainer while assigned to the 1-338th Training Support Battalion. SSG Kane's outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and leadership aided immeasurably in completing Situational Training Exercises (STX) and Mission Readiness Exercises (MRE) with the 900th QM Company during the 2014 WAREX at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. During the exercises SSG Kane arranged and coordinated Operation Orders (OPORD), vehicles, ammunition, OPFOR, COMSEC, radio communications, training scenarios and After Action Reports (AAR). His efforts facilitated realistic training unsurpassed by other OC/Ts during the WAREX. SSG Kane's performance brings great credit upon himself, the 1-338th TSBN, the 181st INF BDE, and the United States Army.



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