50. CAL GUNNER
VALOROUS ACTION WHILE SERVING AS A 50. CAL GUNNER DURING OPERATIONS AGAINST HOSTILE FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN ON 17 JUL 2017. CPL FOSTICK'S TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL AWARENESS ENABLED HIM TO ELIMINATE THREE ENEMY PERSONNEL ATTEMPTING TO ENGAGE FRIENDLY FORCES WITH SMALL ARMS AND RPG FIRE. AGAINST ALL ODDS, HIS FOCUS PREVENTED INJURY TO FRIENDLY PERSONNEL AND ENSURED THE SUCCESS OF THE MISSION. THE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF CPL FOSTICK UNDER HEAVY ENEMY FIRE REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, THE 97TH MP BN, THE 1ST ID AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
INFANTRY RIFLEMAN AND GUNNER
FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS AN INFANTRY RIFLEMAN AND GUNNER FOR 3RD PLATOON, BRAVO COMPANY, 1-158th INFANTRY REGIMENT, AND PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM QALAT IN SUPPORT OF NATO'S INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCE DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII, IN THE REPUBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN, FROM 15 APRIL 2007 TO 20 FEBRUARY 2008. PFC POTTER'S SKILLS AND LEVEL-HEADED RESPONSE DURING A CATASTROPHIC IED ATTACK AND HIS TACTICAL AND TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY AND DEDICATION TO DUTY GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF TASK FORCE ZABUL AND THE QALAT PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM'S MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENT. PFC POTTER'S ACTIONS AND EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS REFLECT GREATLY ON HIMSELF, PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAM QALAT, TASK FORCE ANZIO AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
PV2 Sam has gone above and beyond his duty position as of PLT RTO. PV2 Sam has demonstrated a relentless devotion to duty and ceaseless efforts to not only learn the tasks of RTO but to also qualify expert on all first attempts on the M4, M2, MK19, and 240B weapon systems. PV2 Sam's outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and motivation has aided 4th Platoon immeasurably in identifying problems in radio communications before they affected operations and safety and assisting the company RTO.
M249 SAW Gunner
SPC Knight deployed to Balikitan 2010 where his fireteam was selected to train an entire platoon on basic MOUT and CQB operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines due to their excellent performance in CQB. SPC Knight participated in rotations to PTA, NTC and completed a 15 month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09, where he consistently operated above and beyond his pay, grade, and duty scope. His incredible work ethic has inspired his peers and leaders alike.
While serving as a sentry at Camp McGill, PV2 Corlew showed exceptional competence in his assigned weapon system and knowledge of his responsibilities as a sentry responsible for the lives of the men and women deployed to Camp McGill. PV2 Corlew's discipline resulted in major contributions in securing Camp McGill and ensuring subsequent follow on missions on FOB Thunder.
SGT Trumble's remarkable leadership abilities and skilled performance as 1st Squad Leader resulted in the Top Performance in Charlie Company's May 2014 Training at Camp Bowie. While fulfilling duties normally assigned to an E-6, SGT Trumble's superior performance on STX Lane Evaluations resulted in excellent execution by all squad members in the completion of the squad attack, ambush, react to contact, and react to near ambush missions.
o trained platoon members on M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle operations, the Mark-19, and comm equipment
o demonstrated superior knowledge of the operation and maintenance of the M60 machine gun
o follows practical COIN tactics and procedures on a daily basis, ensures safety of team
o his motivation and experience with the platoon's mine roller and mine plow led to the platoon's 1st place win in the Bn competition
While serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Private First Class Shields' duty, loyalty, and selfless service set the example for others to follow. He continuously went above and beyond the call of duty, distinctly standing out among his peers. Private First Class Shields' ability to follow orders while protecting Security Force Assistance Advisory Teams contributed greatly to mission accomplishment.
o dedicated to his assisgned duties; attention to detail, enthusiasm, and indomitable spirit inspired his peers
o completed over 100 high-risk convoy security missions spanning over 8,000 miles of the most dangerous Iraqi provinces
o led the platoon in identifying insurgent threats during the unit rotation to the Fort Irwin National Training Center
o due to excellent performance in CQB, was selected to train an entire platoon on basic MOUT and CQB operations
o used personal time to help three PMT 7 Soldiers pass their APFT and all three exceeded the Army standard by over thirty points
PFC Meeks has gone above and beyond his duty position as Grenadier to shadow and assist the platoon RTO in all the assigned RTO duties. PFC Meeks has demonstrated a relentless devotion to duty and ceaseless efforts to not only learn the tasks of RTO but to also assist the platoon's radio communication needs whenever needed. PFC Meek's outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and motivation has aided 2nd Platoon immeasurably in identifying problems in radio communications for both mounted and dismounted missions before they affected operations and safety.
o supported 110 successful Quick Reaction Force missions; always prepared
o provided safe passage for civilian trucks from Camp Virginia, Kuwait to Camp Cedar, Iraq as Convoy Escort Team
o his experience and enthusiasm gave him the ability to fill any position in the squad
o displayed exemplary skills as a 240B Gunner at Camp Nathan Smith shooting range
o escorted over 200 vehicles safely across the most contested regions of Southern Afghanistan
o SSG Smith's performance and support thoughout several exercises has been an immeasurable service to the 22nd IBCT
o completed our most critical missions with little guidance from superiors, our most experienced gunner
o operatng outside his MOS, he served as Gunner and Truck Commander on numerous occasions
o in charge of the camp's vehicle entry gate, he enforced strict accountability of all movement into the facility
o provided 24 hour security at the Bani Rabia Range which enabled Alpha and Charlie Battery's completion of Table VIII training