FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT WHILE SERVING AS A PROJECT ENGINEER FOR THE AEGIS ASHORE MISSILE DEFENSE COMPLEX MILITARY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM IN REDZIKOWO, POLAND FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER 2018. LIEUTENANT COSINE DEMONSTRATED EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND COMPETENCE WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MANAGING CIVIL WORKS CONSTRUCTION FOR EIGHT FACILITIES AND A 49 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT, ENSURING QUALITY DELIVERY OF THE NAVY'S NEWEST INSTALLATION. FURTHERMORE, HE RESOLVED MAJOR DESIGN CHALLENGES AND PROVIDED SOLUTIONS FOR 500 MILLION DOLLARS IN MODIFICATIONS THAT WERE ESSENTIAL TO ENSURING CRITICAL PATH MILESTONES WERE ACHEIVED. LIEUTENANT COSINE'S SUPERLATIVE PERFORMANCE, STEADFAST PERSEVERANCE, AND OUTSTANDING DEVOTION TO DUTY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIM AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
For exceptional performance of duty while serving as a Civil Engineer with the Middle East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, directing the Afghanistan Reach Back Engineering Effort, from August 2015 to January 2017. In addition to his regular duties, Mr. Freeman managed a virtual Engineering Branch comprised of 42 Engineers from 13 United States Army Corp of Engineer Districts who provided design reviews, construction submittal reviews, and answering Requests for Information for over 95% of the on-going projects in Afghanistan. During this time the Reach Back Team has reviewed over 2,100 submittals. Additionally, Mr. Freeman coordinated and wrote the Engineering Procedure for Independent Project Reviews. Mr. Freeman's achievements reflect great credit upon him, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Army.
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.
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.
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.
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Specialist Rose's outstanding professional skill, knowledge and leadership aided immeasurably in identifying Improvised Explosive Devices during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. During Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Specialist Rose trained on and became proficient in numerous positions on the RG-31 up-armored Tactical Vehicle, RG-33 up-armored Tactical Vehicle, and the Panther up-armored Tactical Vehicle. His enthusiastic involvement and superior performance in detecting IEDs saved numerous lives and reflected credit upon him, the 643rd Engineer Company, and the U.S. Army.
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.
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.
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.
1. Due to his experience and proven capability, SPC Smith was often selected to serve as squad leader when NCOs were in school or on details.
2. He focused on qualifications and became hazmat certified and ammo handler certifed. In addition, his squad is the only squad in the Battalion certified on all equipment.
3. SPC Smith successfully completed 14 missions, including 5 at Miami ECP and 3 CMP Lanes, the unit's most challenging duty.
4. SPC Smith stepped up to take on extra shifts, due to a shortage of equipment operators, and operated the 966 Bucket Loader for 36 hours to create bridge abutments and finished 12 hours ahead of schedule.
SPECIALIST JOHN A. SMITH, UNITED STATES ARMY, DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES AS A COMBAT ENGINEER, FOWARD SUPPORT COMPANY, 724TH ENGINEER BATTALION, UNITED STATES FORCES-IRAQ, BAGHDAD, IRAQ, FROM 11 MAY 2010 TO 20 MARCH 2011 DURING OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. SPECIALIST SMITH'S ACTIONS ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF MILITARY SERVICE AND REFLECT DISTINCT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, THE UNITED STATES FORCES-IRAQ, AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
1. SSG Turner stepped up in the absence of a Senior NCO during rotation 10 and performed beyond expectations in his inherited responsibility for 4 other Soldiers
2. SSG Turner helped track over 2,500 Route Clearance missions and logged over 250 significant activities as a Battle Staff team member
3. He organized and delivered classes on operating the Atlas 10K forklift and the LRT wheel mounted crane on an active airfield which alleviated chronic transportation delays
4. SSG Turner repaired the unit's Blue Force Tracker system on his down time, restored unit's readiness level before scheduled STX lanes training
FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE FROM 11 APRIL 2009 TO 10 APRIL 2010 AS A COMBAT ENGINEER AND PLATOON SERGEANT IN THE 328th ENGINEERING COMPANY DEPLOYED TO FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO IN SUPPORT OF ENDURING FREEDOM. AS A MEMBER OF THE BATTLE STAFF, STAFF SERGEANT TURNER COORDINATED AND PARTICIPATED IN OVER 2,500 ROUTE CLEARANCE MISSIONS WHICH PROVIDED SECURITY AND FACILIATED PROSPERITY IN ONE OF THE MOST IMPOVERISHED AREAS OF AFGHANISTAN. SERGEANT TURNER'S SELFLESS SERVICE, DEDICATION TO DUTY AND COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE ARE MARKED BY TRUE PROFESSIONALISM AND REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, THE "GATOR" BATTALION AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.