Meritorious service as ASAP Program Manager, Fort Gordon, Georgia, from 17 June 2020 to 20 October 2023. During this period, Sergeant Alice C. Leigh dedicated herself to the ASAP and Mental Health program missions. As an ASAP counselor, Sergeant Leigh supported two Brigades totaling over 5,700 members by providing substance use prevention tools and education. She individually counseled 134 Soldiers, earning 130 hours towards her Certified Alcohol and Drug abuse Counselor certification. Additionlly, as a Mental Health Technician, she amassed 70 hours of group therapy leadership, guiding 245 service members to emotional regulation and stability, and recovered 4,600 appointments valued at more than seven thousand dollars. Her group contribution was also responsible for a 25% increase in access to care. Finally, she embraced outreach opportunities by leading and coordinating 64 events and educating 23 units on mental resilience, helping to dispel the stigma of seeking Mental Health assistance. Sergeant Leigh's sterling efforts reflect great credit upon herself, the Army Substance Abuse Program and the United States Army.
For exceptionally meritorious service as ASAP Program Manager, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 23 July 2019 to 13 August 2022. During this period, Staff Sergeant Katherine Young powered a robust substance abuse referral program despite a 65% manning deficit, enabling 630 group events, 178 assessments, 890 appointments, and four CPIs for 85 at-risk clients, fueling a 98% return to duty rate. Moreover, her team coordinated emergency services and enacted life saving measures for two members with life threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms, earning the DoD Medical Services Patient Safety Award. In addition, as Disaster Mental Health Team member, she responded to four Hurricane Evacuations and expedited 1,365 clearances, preserving 47 aircraft valued at four billion dollars. She also supported 14 unit activations and one international activation following a C-130 mishap, providing supportive services to more than one thousand service members. Finally, she was selected to attend the mental health strategic planning symposium to analyze readiness, upgrade training and certification, and retention components that influenced operational process improvements for 820 mental health technicians across the service. Sergeant Young's actions bring great credit upon herself, the Army's Substance Abuse program and the United States Army.