MOS 12W, Carpenty and Masonry Specialist, DA 638 Award Bullets

Carpentry/Masonry Specialist

Throughout the deployment, Specialist Parks consistently performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. In the absence of his team leader, Specialist Parks took charge of Alpha Team's construction details which proved vital in helping to complete the mission in a timely manner. Specialist Parks stepped up and took responsibility that is above his normal pay grade.

Team Chief

For exceptionally meritorious service as Team Chief, 22nd Engineer Brigade from 11 November 2011 to 11 April 2013. MSG Truman's astute guidance resulted in excellent engineering support to his battalion during an ARTEP, CAPEX, and a six month construction project. His outstanding management skills ensured continued mission accomplishment by this diverse unit and its consolidated dining facility. His ability to balance his responsibilities as Team Chief, CESO, and Dining Facility Supervisor resulted in maximum readiness for the unit. MSG Truman's performance brings distinct credit upon himself, the 22nd Engineer Brigade, and the United States Army.

Team Leader

SGT Gallardo participated in 42 logistical patrol escort and 33 dedicated route clearance operations, totaling 75 missions and clearing over 5,000 miles in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. As Alpha Team Leader his flawless execution during pre combat checks and inspections ensured this RG31 and Maxpro with above 90% FMC at all times. His concern for his Soldiers safety was paramount thus ensuring that the six Soldiers under his command were fully equipped for combat operations.

Carpentry & Masonry Specialist

PFC Jones' outstanding professional skills and knowledge aided immeasurably in strengthening the security of the outside perimeter of the 803rd Quartermaster Company's RETROSORT YARD. PFC Jones provided security for the FLUOR civilians that work at the RETROSORT YARD as well as the military soldiers. PFC Jones' efforts increased the flow to and efficiency of the entry control point. PFC Jones also took the initiative to patch the holes in the gate along the ECP to prevent enemy surveillance and increase the safety of the units contained with the perimeter.

Carpentry & Masonry Specialist

SGT Cox was instrumental in the accomplishment of vital Platoon training. Despite short or no notice, he was always ready to lead training for soil testing, material testing, and surveying. SGT Cox has consistently been the first to volunteer for alternate drills, extra duty or any training opportunities that presented themselves. SGT Cox has been relied upon to accomplish several missions and lead soldiers with less experience during these alternate activities.


SSG Calley effectively led 6 Soldiers to establish a centralized company command post which facilitated, for the first time, the ability to track the training and construction project metrics across the entire Task Force. Involved with every project within the province, SSG Calley skillfully assisted every element in TASK FORCE WILDCAT to establish their respective reporting and recording procedures. His actions reflect proudly on the fighting spirit of 649TH EN CO (HZ) and the 579TH EN BN.

Carpentry & Masonry Specialist

Sergeant McJunkin demonstrated a great and sustained effort to support the 984 EN CO's missions. He was a key part of the project to position over 1,000 hesco bastions and move over 3,000 cubic yards of soil to fill them within 60 days of arrival at FOB Wolverine. His determined actions and driven performance were vital to the success of the project, increased security of over $1,000,000 in assets, and brought credit to himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Carpentry & Masonry Specialist

On that date, Sergeant Dexter was tasked with leading a crew of three engineers who were working on removing over 1,500 square feet of wooden forms from within a 100-foot culvert. While his team worked quickly to complete their task, Sergeant Dexter found and began using a backhoe to assist with the more resistant forms. On one form, the attached cargo strap snapped and whipped back into the culvert where team members were still working. Sergeant Dexter immediately jumped out of the backhoe and ran over 100 feet to the culvert to see if his teammates were injured. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Dexter low crawled 100 feet through the dark and possibly hazardous space, reaching the team in a matter seconds. He dragged his injured comrade to safety and applied first aid. His quick actions prevented complications to the team member's injury and the team was able to resume work.

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