Graphic Shop NCOIC
Sergeant Carl S. DePaul distinguished himself as the only 25M while assigned to Shape Survey in support of Intelligent Information Distribution. His technical expertise in the use of the complex and proprietary Adobe Software facilitated the creation and modification of over 2,000 print products. These products were designed to support the information distribution, keep SACEUR apprised on what is happening and influence the overall morale of supported U.S. and Coalition Forces.
Sergeant Manuel Silvio designed a comprehensive and progressive training plan for the development of junior Graphic Illustrators. His original intent was to address the needs of the lower density MOS in his own unit but after identifying a more widespread need for MOS-specific mentorship and development, Sergeant Silvio expanded the training program to include all 25M in the 8th Military Information Support Battalion. Sergeant Silvio exercised admirable initiative and professional concern for the betterment of his peers and subordinates and through the support of senior leadership and the increased awareness of the soldiers involved, the training program was adopted by Graphic Illustrators from several units outside of 8th BN.
SPC Bird performed in a superior manner while supporting the First Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division's deployment to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom XII. As the Public Affairs Office Combat Camera he digitally documented the actions of the unit to ensure historical documentation was accounted for. SPC Bird also maintained the unit's Facebook page to ensure quotes, photos and kid activities were available for the families of deployed Soldiers.
ARCOM bullets for a 25M Multimedia Illustrator
SPC Bird excelled in her duties while serving as the Regional PSYOP Support Element (East) Relationship Building Items (RBI) Coordinator. SPC Bird was responsible for tracking over 126,000 items valued over $750,000. SPC Bird was instrumental in the distribution of over 90,000 pieces of RBI to eight PSYOP teams and five International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commands enabling them to foster and build relationships with local nationals and Afghanistan National Security Forces.
SPC Bird played a vital role in the production, printing, cutting, and packaging of over 180,000 PSYOP products which was later distributed by eight PSYOP teams across the Anbar Province. This enabled the PSYOP teams to build rapport with local nationals and partnered Afghanistan National Security Force (ANSF) units as well as assist with the legitimization of the Government Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the ANSF.
In her role Multimedia Illustrator, SPC Bird was responsible for the design of nine new PSYOP products and was instrumental in the creation and modification of over 64 billboard designs for two resurfacing iterations of the 100 PSYOP billboards in Anbar Province. These billboards were a critical medium utilized to directly reinforce the Commanding General's intent which was to promote the successes of the Afghanistan National Security Forces.
In addition to her daily duties, SPC Bird took the initiative to archive and organize over 5,000 PSYOP files to create a comprehensive data base for product research and development. Her efforts have saved the company immeasurable hours of research time. Furthermore, SPC Bird has completed eight leadership courses and she worked with the Regional PSYOP element's CAT II linguist to learn Dari, enhancing both her personal development, her knowledge of the culture of Afghanistan and her capabilities as a multimedia illustrator.
ARCOM for a 25M Multimedia Illustrator/37F Psy Ops Specialist
Due to SGT Dan's outstanding technical knowledge of photography, he was requested by PSYOP Tactical teams on two occasions to document significant Afghanistan National Security Forces Humanitarian missions in RC (E). His technical expertise also resulted in SGT Dan performing the role of Company photographer which helped document significant events in Soldiers' lives and the Company as a whole. His skills and contributions assisted in fostering a cohesive atmosphere among unit members.
In addition to his regular duties, SGT Dan distinguished himself as a skilled Risograph technician responsible for the installation, operation, and maintenance of three complex high-capacity Risograph printers valued at over $250,000. His broad knowledge and technical skills were evident when he seamlessly fielded and installed two Risographs simultaneously. This equipment was mission essential and allowed the Product Development Team to continuously provide printed product to PSYOP teams without any delay.
In his role Multimedia Illustrator, SGT Dan was responsible for the design of nine new PSYOP products, printing of over 250,000 products and was instrumental in the creation and modification of over 64 billboard designs for four resurfacing iterations of the 100 PSYOP billboards in Anbar Province. These billboards were a critical medium utilized to directly reinforce the Commanding General's intent which was to promote the successes of the Afghanistan National Security Forces.
SGT Dan spearheaded the multimedia illustrations and development of the 330th PSYOP Company logos, company coin and company T-shirts. SGT Dan was also selected to establish and run the Company's Family Readiness Shutterfly website which allowed families and soldiers securely share photographs and messages during the deployment. His actions contributed greatly to increase morale of the Soldiers as well as their friends and families.
Tactical Multimedia Illustrator
Private Joe Snuffy distinguished himself while assigned to 1/9th FAR as one of two 25M in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) XVIII. His technical expertise in the use of complicated Adobe Software allowed him to single handedly create and modify over 300 print products. These products were designed to support Morale, Welfare and Recreation events to better influence the overall morale of supported U.S. and Coalition Forces.
During this period, the professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts of Specialist Sullivan contributed to the effectiveness and success of not only his unit, the United States Army, and the United States of America, he also played a major role in a high visibility counter-terrorism mission on the continent of Africa. Specialist Sullivan's vast knowledge and creativity in his area of expertise was palpable throughout the entire unit and encouraged other soldiers to exert their best efforts. Because of Specialist Sullivan's team mentality, the mission was always accomplished above and beyond all expectations and routinely completed well before the deadline.