Tracked Vehicle Driver
FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE AS A TRACKED VEHICLE DRIVER, B TROOP, 5TH SQUADRON, 17TH CAVALRY, 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION, FROM JULY 2001 to AUGUST 2004. AS THE DRIVER OF THE SENIOR SCOUT TRACK, HIS DEVOTION TO DUTY, EXEMPLARY CONDUCT, and PROFESSIONALISM REFLECTED FAVORABLY ON HIS PLATOON. HE ALSO EXCEEDED STANDARDS AS A TANK LOADER AND HELPED HIS TANK QUALIFY AS DISTINGUISHED WHEN A PERSONNEL SHORTAGE NECESSITATED HIS BEING LOANED TO A TANK PLATOON AT GUNNERY. SPECIALIST ROGERS' MERITORIOUS PERFORMANCE OF DUTY IS IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF MILITARY SERVICE AND REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT UPON HIM, THIS COMMAND AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
19D Team Leader
* Serving as a Team Leader in an Airborne Cavalry Troop, SGT XXXXXXX was responsible for the training, discipline and accountability of four Paratroopers and their individual equipment.
* During his time in A-TRP, 1-91 CAV, SGT XXXXXXX signed for one vehicle with communications equipment and weapon systems valued at $300,000 and showed excellence in support of the Command Supply Discipline Program with no loss of equipment.
* While assigned to XXXXX, XXX XXX SGT XXXXXXX took part in eight field training exercises, three Gunnery tables, two live fire training progressions and two named operations including Operation Allied Refuge and Operation XXXXXX.
* In XX XXX XXXX, SGT XXXXXXX assisted in the training of the Georgian military on the M2A1 Machine Gun .50 Caliber, giving a day long period of instruction at a live fire range in support of the Brigade's mission to empower America's European allies.
19D Cavalry Scout
SPC Smith served as a Dismount at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. He and his dismounted team established multiple observation posts in rough, mountainous terrain, concealing himself from the enemy. SPC Smith identified and reported two armored personnel carriers and a section of tanks, all while utilizing reconnaissance. He lead his team up and down the slopes of NTC, maintained his equipment and accountability of his squad's equipment, and reported information accurately to his squad leader.
SPC Smith went to the National Training Center in Ft Irwin, CA in 2020 where he served as a Gunner on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He identified and quickly reported several rapidly advancing enemy platoons as well as one enemy aircraft. SPC Smith's crew was one of only three Bradley Fighting Vehicles that were consistently in the fight during all live fire exercise at NTC due to diligently assisting his Driver and Bradley Commander with the maintenance of his vehicle and weapon system at all times.
SPC Gus deployed to INDOPACOM to support the Republic of South Korea (ROK) from 2021-2022 under the same mission to occupy and defend South Korea against invasion. He engaged in Combined Training Exercises (CTX) with the South Korean coalition army. SPC Gus spent this time teaching Army Doctrine to the South Korean counterparts for two weeks. He was considered a inexhaustible asset to ____ Company due to his exemplary attitude and character.
SPC Gus deployed to INDOPACOM as a Bradley driver to help support the Republic of Korea (ROK) from 2021-2022. He worked after hours consistently to ensure his Bradley Fighting Vehicle was ready for any Emergency Deployment Exercises (EDRE). SPC Gus was recognized for having the best maintained Bradley in 3rd Brigade. On his own initiative, SPC Gus trained soldiers on how to maintain all their equipment, as well as themselves without being advised to do so.
SPC Gus completed Combat Life Saver Course with a 100% pass rate. He demonstrated professional knowledge, willingness to accept responsibility, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt himself to any assignment or situation. SPC Gus was able to return to the troop and train others within his platoon on being medically effective in a combat environment. He constantly showed initiative and eagerness to learn and teach classes to his peers on the scout platoon handbook, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and Dismounted operations.
While serving in (UNIT NAME), SPC Gus participated in three situational training exercises (STX), four field training exercises (FTX), one live fire gunnery, a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA, and a deployment rotation to Korea. As a Dismount and a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Driver during these exercises and rotations, SPC Gus's skills and confidence played a vital role in helping to train and lead other soldiers on their basic scout skills.
Senior Scout Observer (SSO)
For meritorious service while assigned as Senior Scout Observer at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) from 10 July 2018 to 20 August 2020. Sergeant Cooper supported the PTA as a Senior Scout Observer (SSO) and was able to identify and establish safe routes for speed and concealment that facilitated C/troop's overall success. In addition, he prepared and instructed classes for all Recon Academies conducted in C/troop which trained and qualified all new scouts in the unit. Further, Sergeant Cooper helped others earn their EIB by teaching EIB tasks and grading during EIB testing. Finally, his observation of and indentification of enemy targets during JRTC provided 2IBCT with real time intelligence and was a key factor in their overall success. Sergeant Cooper's performance reflects great credit upon himself, the 25th Infantry Division and the United States Army.
For meritorious service while assigned as Cavalry Scout, 3rd Squadron (R&S), 108th Cavalry Regiment, from 12 February 2018 to 6 October 2019. Corporal Hawthorne's selfless service and diligent efforts to not only Bravo Troop, but the 3-108th Cavalry Regiment as a whole, ensured Headquarters and Headquarters Troop advance party were able to complete movement for Annual Training 2019. He assisted in the recovery, repair, and movement of vehicles and materiel when HHT suffered a 25 percent compromise of vehicles. Additionally, his efforts in the Reconnaissance and Surveillance element of the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade ensured the professional growth of all Soldiers participating in Annual Training. Corporal Hawthorne's actions are in keeping with the highest traditions of the 3-108th Cavalry Regiment, Georgia Army National Guard and the United States Army.
Upon arrival to the Blackhawk Squadron, SPC Labray immediately distinguished himself by earning the title "top shot" in Cavalry Gunnery.
SPC Labray was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for his performance during NTC in 2017.
SPC Labray assisted with the Blackhawk Squadron in support of Operation Inherant Resolve.
SPC Labray also achieved in the Iron Training Detatchment as a Training Instructor while serving in the Blackhawk Squadron.
Upon arrival to the Saber Squadron, SPC Kerst immediately distinguished himself by earning the title "top shot" in light cav gunnery.
SPC Kerst was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for his performance during NTC in 2012.
SPC Kerst deployed with the Saber Squadron in support of Operation New Dawn and the overall pull out of Northern Iraq.
SPC Kerst also achieved the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge while serving in the Saber Squadron.
o developed a solid physical fitness routine while deployed, which lead to two PT failures passing the APFT with an average of 240 points
o displayed great mental toughness under extreme pressure after being struck by two IED's
o holds nightly study groups for Battalion Soldier of the month boards and promotion boards
o effectively intergrated himself and his Soldiers with sister unit to become a cohesive and effective route clearance team
o trained and tested three Bradley crews on SGST, setting them up to achieve three first time go's; one qualifying with a disinguished rating
o chosen among two of his peers to conduct advon redeployment operations, paving the way for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, ensuring a smooth transition
o performed the duties and responsibilities of the PSG on several occasions; allowing the platoon to continue operations in the PSG's absence
o his tactical training allowed the platoon to complete multiple air insertion missions on short notice at NTC 09-01 and STALLION Rampage with outstanding results