MOS 13F, Fire Support Specialist Awards

Fire Control Sergeant

I reported to Germany on August 28, 2020 and was assigned to USAREUR G3 Fires. As a PV2, I was put in for the Fires Control Sergeant spot which is the AFATDS operator for USAREUR-AF G3 Fires.

On March 2021 I was assigned to 2MDTF to support DF21 as an AFATDS Operator. I supported Defender, Neptune Eagle, CPX3, F2T2, AC23, USAREUR COOPEX, M3 CPX for FYSA 2021-2023.

I tested the CDS configuration and all the messages that will be used before it become effective. Tested the experimental software (Link 16) to allow Air Force to send missions from aircraft to the AFATDS back in 2021 when the software first came out.

Created an AFATDS SOP on how to operate and troubleshoot the systems, not only for the AFATDS but for all the Mission Command Integrated Systems (MCIS) that are connected to the AFATDS such as ADSI, AMDWS, TAIS, CDS, DDS, EWPMT, DCGS, and JADOCS.

On June 2021, I was assigned to 56th AC as Fires Support Element (FSE) and duty position is Fires Control Sergeant. On October 2021 I supported standing up 56th Artillery Command. Gave AFATDS classes on troubleshooting techniques to the 56th AC and 2MDTF to better understand issues and get the problem solved faster.

On January 2023, I was part of the forward team supporting USAREUR-AF Coop EX at Grafenwohr as a Fires Control NCO and established the connection between AFATDS to CDS and DDS with limited support, space, and equipment. With my expertise, I got the system talking and publishing fire missions and graphics to the CPCE.

13F Ground Support Detachment NCO

SFC H served with distinction, honor, and commitment to the Army. His dedication to service proved paramount throughout his entire term of positions. As the Fire Support NCO for the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Airbase, SFC H built a program to train Security Forces Airmen in Emergency Close Air Support, ground to air communications procedures, and small unit battle drills and tactics. SFC H trained over 87 Airmen and an additional 46 Airmen at Osan Airbase between his time at the 8th and 51st Fighter Wings.

SFC H's dynamic and enthusiastic leadership and skill was essential to the 8th Fighter Wing security counsel rewriting the ground base defense plan and merging it with a new airborne base defense plan which increased base security and met the Wing Commander's top priority. SFC H applied the same leadership and skill when the 51st Fighter Wing revised an existing base defense plan. He modernized the 51st Fighter Wing's plan to include drone and insurgent threat considerations.

SFC H wore two hats as the Plans NCOIC and the BCD HQ NCOIC. SFC H was instrumental in helping the 3rd BCD navigate the COVID-19 pandemic by developing the BCD's sponsorship and reception program, streamlining the administrative reporting metrics from 3BCD to 7th AF and 8th Army, and created a method to ensure new Soldiers to the BCD would be able to complete their quarantine with access to internet, cell phones and ensured they had an established residence with all daily essential needs already provided.

SFC H was an outstanding asset to the 51st Fighter Wing (FW), 8th FW, the 7th Air Force (AF) and the 3rd BCD-K. His knowledge and competence during planning and execution contributed to the success of 7 Combined and Joint Pacific Air Force exercises, 5 Special Operations Command-Korea exercises, 5 7th AF exercises, and countless Wing and Squadron level Combined and Joint level exercises between his tenure with the 8th FW at Kunsan Airbase and the 51st FW at Osan Airbase.

Fire Support Specialist

For exceptional performance of duty while serving as the company fire support specialist during Bravo Company's validation exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC). Specialist Lee's outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and diligence aided immeasurably in the efficient function of the company CP and in the deployment of company fires assets. His commitment to excellence and dedication to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Bushmaster Company, 1-327 IN BN and the United States Army.

Fire Support Specialist

As a Fire Support Specialist, SPC Cannon kept the communications equipment for C/1-5 FIST team operational at all times through daily testing and maintenance. By his dedicated efforts, C/1-5 FIST was always able to maintain positive communications with the battalion fires cell, even serving as relay when other FIST teams could not directly reach BN. The persistence of SPC Cannon facilitated a continuous flow of information on and from the battle space to higher allowing them to make critical and timely decisions and ultimately improved our unit's tactical operations.


For your service and dedication within the Brigade, we hereby present this award for your performance during Operation Iraqi Freedom within transition to Operation New Dawn. During this period, the professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts of SPC Coleman contributed to the effectiveness and success of HHC 2nd SBCT 25th ID.

Team Member

SM displayed an enthusiastic and capable ability to perform at the highest level of his military occupational specialty during Operation Enduring Freedom 2013 - 2014. SM is a vigilant and multi-tasking Soldier who never hesitates to go the extra mile to ensure that the mission is completed, therefore distinguishing himself as a promising future non-commissioned officer.

SM is a battle-forged strategist who displayed a constant and consistent work ethic despite the daily challenges of base security. SM cross-trained on and was responsible for the daily testing of the counter radio controlled IED DUKE systems so that first platoon could safely conduct outside of the wire security operations.

Fire Support Team Leader

SPC Bolden exceeded standards as the assigned Fire Support Specialist during the Cascade Mission in support of the Washington Air National Guard. His ability to effectively integrate with, communicate, and work as a team with his peers was a key factor in the mission's success and allowed the operation's completion without incident. His leadership capabilities along with his experience with the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System enabled him to assume a leadership role with excellent results.

SPC Bolden not only performed all duties required of him in the Tactical Operations Center, but in the absence of an additional Fire Support Specialist, he assisted the Washington Air National Guard by serving as an Army Joint Fires Observer in order to certify the Air Guard Joint Terminal Attack Controllers for 2 iterations, both with successful results. The actions demonstrated by SPC Bolden reflect great credit on him, the 40th Infantry Division and the United States Army.

Forward Observer

SPC Knowles achieved master observer for his skill level by scoring the highest on the FIST Certification in the Brigade.

Forward Observer

Corporal Ray's outstanding professional skill, knowledge, and leadership aided immeasurably in the training, implementation, and development of fire support within Charlie Company. His involvemenet raised the level of readiness from 75 to 90 for the first time in 3 years. The actions of Corporal Ray reflect admirably upon the 2nd Battalion, Fifth Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and the United States Army.

Fire Control Sergeant

For meritorious service while serving as the Fire Control Sergeant for the Charlie Battery, 3-16 Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Army Forces Command. Through diligence and determination, he accomplished every mission quickly and efficiently. His efforts during 3-16 Field Artillery's gunnery table XVIII allowed Charlie Battery to meet all time standards and the Battalion to successfully complete table XVIII in preparation of NTC 17-04. Staff Sergeant Jones' extraordinary efforts and accomplishments during this period reflect credit upon himself, the U.S. Army Forces Command and the United States Army.


(NAME) skill and ability to grasp complex tactical situations provided superb direction to the 210 Fires Brigade Current Operations Cell. Analyzing, and coordinating all 2ID operations orders from April 2012 to October 2012 and creating 167 BDE Operations Orders. His expertise and continuity provided the basis for and body of knowledge for successful planning and execution of all 210th Fires Brigade operations orders.

(NAME) became the Liaison NCOIC during a critical time period when the section lost all senior NCO leadership. Even with the steep learning curve, he quickly became a valuable asset to the LNO team during numerous Command Post Exercises by immersing himself into every part of the operation by taking every opportunity to interact with the Third Republic of Korea Army (TROKA). Furthermore, his ability to quickly adapt and execute orders was crucial in preparing the section for all contingency operations.

(NAME) participated in four Theater level exercises and five Brigade level exercises during his one year tenure in 210th Fires Brigade. Throughout the series of exercises his exceptional knowledge of staff operations was critical in assisting the BDE Counterfire Cell to accomplishing all missions and strengthening the bond between 210th Fires Brigade and the Third Republic of Korea Army (TROKA).


MSG Fadac's performance during the 2015 Accreditation process proved to be instrumental in 3rd Battalion receiving the "Institute of Excellence" rating from the Proponent QAO team, Fires Center of Excellence Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The 13F and 13B course students were able to test their classroom knowlege through relevant, hands on training, firing over 600 rounds during each LFX. His technical expertise proved invaluable during these LFXs and ensured that all students in the 13 CMF courses had professional, knowledgeable and experienced Instructors which resulted in a superior level of instruction.

Rear Detachment NCOIC

SSG James Brown distinguished himself with his sterling performance throughout the year long deploymment of the 2/123 FA Battalion. He consistently executed the heavy responsibilities of the NCOIC for the entire Battalion Rear Detachment of the 2/123 FA. SSG Brown performed with ferver, determination, and ultimately, success. Through his actions in support of the Soldiers, SSG Brown demonstrated his reputation as dependable, intelligent, and compassionate. His performance, both militarily and professionally is nothing short of outstanding. He has a unique ability in assisting families while at the same time meeting his military responsibilities. SSG Brown is a rising star with unlimited potential. His tireless and persevering attitude assisted in the success of the overall mission of the 2/123 FA. His attention to projects and problems were followed through to a successful conclusion. The performance of SSG Brown reflect credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Battalion Operations NCOIC

During 8 years of dedicated service to the 640th Regiment, he fosterd an integrated command operating relationship with all the Utah Artillery MACOMS and other RTIs across the Nation. His relentless efforts and can-do attitude resulted in the safe and effective calls for fire resulting in over eight thousand rounds fired with zero loss to equipment or personnel and recognition as an outstanding Soldier and Artilleryman. His direct efforts and feedback to the Fort Sill Fires Center of Excellence for future course development have directly benefited the training and skill of several thousand personnel within the Army National Guard. Sergeant Johnson's extraordinary efforts and accomplishments during this period reflect great credit upon himself, the U.S. Army Forces Command and the United States Army.

Senior Sergeant

SFC David was vital to the success of HHB 1-119 COMET inspection in November 2013 achieving 96% PWE and a 99% material general, maintai with an overall average of 99% for all reportable equipment in AMSS. He devoted over 200 hours of personal time to prepare HHB for inspection and convoy to Camp Grayling. He worked with and developed two MST team chiefs to make them proficient in field operations enhancing the overall readiness of two firing Batteries without allowing his own Battery to fall behind in readiness. The NCO with the most experience, he has succesfully performed and supervised the most recovery missions within the Battalion incurring zero injuries. He has also performed several recovery missions for units outside the Battalion demonstrating his dedication to the Army's mission.

Command Sergeant Major

CSM led the 2/214th FA through an arduous Field Artillery reset training program from June 2013-June 2014. He was instrumental to the development of a training plan that leveraged instructional assistance from the Regional Training Institute and the organic unit leadership. CSM Dulles' leadership resulted in the first section-level FA live fire certification since 2009. CSM Dulles led the battalion through two major training events in TY13 that directly improved the overall readiness of the 2/214th FA Staff and firing batteries. His guidance and influence during the Full Spectrum Exercise in April-May 2014 enabled the battalion staff to validate a complex Field Artillery support plan. CSM Dulles also led the battalion through the first platoon-level live-fire qualification marking a significant moment in the battalion's history. CSM Dulles has served the 2/214th Field Artillery admirably as the the Unit Administrative Officer for over four years. He succesfully managed all day-to-day operations for the battalion's three armory locations and its staff. CSM Dulles maintained the unit's traditions by organizing, planning and budgeting for two annual espirit de corps events. During his tenure he oversaw the execution of two Field Artillery Association Saint Barbara's Balls, three Formal Recognition Dinners and three golf outings. These events significantly contributed to the long standing traditions of the 2/214th and the cohesion of its Soldiers.

First Sergeant

1SG Morgan was essential to the operational success of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade during his 7 month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield as the Battery First Sergeant. The Brigade Command Sergeant Major hand selected 1SG Morgan to assume the forward deployed position and within days, 1SG Morgan restored morale and improved operational confidence and competence to the Battery of 90 Soldiers resulting in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the overall mission.

First Sergeant

SFC Robles has served the U.S. Army on four distant continents in peace and in war while holding every position available from a 13B Cannon Crewman Number 1, to Gunner, Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, Chief of Firing Battery, S-2 NCOIC, and Battery First Sergeant. In a career that began in South Korea and ended at Fort Hood Texas and culminated in being entrusted as a Battery First Sergeant in two different units, one of which resulted in the activation of a new battery, he has been an example of leadership. His distinguished performance and dedication to duty are in the most cherished traditions of the Army and reflect credit upon him, the Field Artillery and the United States Army.

FA Doctrine Writer

SFC Sill's Fire Support expertise led to numerous temporary duty assignments in support of the One Tactical Engagement Simulation System Forward Observer Tablet. SFC Sill was recognized as the Fire Support Specialist Subject Matter Expert (SME) in training and operation for Capabilities Development Integration Directorate (CDID) and the Directorate of Training and Doctrine (DOTD). He performed as DOTD's representative to the CDID on all Soldier activities dealing with training and doctrine for the 13F MOS.

Image of Page Divider Line
Image of red X

To contribute examples, use this form.


Duty Title: