MOS 46A Public Affairs Officer Awards

Major Carl A. Weatherbee, United States Army, distinguished himself by meritorious service as Regional Broadcasting Maintenance Manager, Regional Technical Services, assigned to American Forces Network-Pacific, Defense Media Activity, Republic of Korea from August 2018 to September 2020. During this period, Major Weatherbee led a team of 13 civilian and joint service members in the technical support of three geographically separated locations. He provided maintenance guidance for two affiliate stations and 15 radio transmitter sites. His leadership and efficiency were evident by his ability to manage the upgrade of six production servers at three affiliate radio stations and complete all installation actions six months ahead of schedule. Additionally, he led several small teams in the installation, modification, and troubleshooting of the GatesAir NetXpress at outlying transmitter sites in order to monitor and control audio streams in case of a studio-to-transmitter (STL) link failure. He troubleshot and restored AFN 360 stream services during outages during and after duty hours, keeping the audio streaming service downtime to a minimum and ensuring uninterrupted AFN television and radio service to an audience of over 50,000 Department of Defense Service Members, civilian contractors and their families peninsula-wide. Major Weatherbee's extraordinary efforts and accomplishments during this period reflect credit upon himself, American Forces Network-Pacific and the United States Army.

Major Juan R. Gonzalez distinguished himself by meritorious service as Regional Broadcasting Maintenance Manager, Regional Technical Services, Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea from September 2018 to October 2020. During this period, he provided technical oversight during a live video Pentagon Press Conference with the U.S. Forces Korea Commander (USFK) and the Defense Visual Information Distribution Systems (DVIDS) which was carried by over 100 regional and international news organizations. In addition, Major Gonzalez provided equipment oversight that directly supported crisis communication efforts during the Coronavirus messaging campaign through the joint coordination, production, and marketing of more than 60 dynamic radio products over seven months. The broadcast studios were utilized as a critical means of real-time communications through multiple interviews with key leaders to include the USFK Commander, Command Sergeant Major, Surgeon General, and DoD Education Activity representatives. His efforts increased awareness by keeping a Department of Defense audience of 62,000 personnel and dependents informed of rapidly changing health protection measures. Further, he assisted in seven remote broadcasts, all over the Republic of Korea, to establish communication between the main radio studio and remote sites, allowing broadcasters to inform audiences of local events happening in real time. The distinctive accomplishments of Major Gonzalez reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army and the Department of Defense.

Meritorious service while assigned as Public Affairs Officer, Joint Task Force Heartland Response from XXXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXXX. During this period, as the Public Affairs Officer assigned to Joint Task Force Heartland Response, Major Servando Coleman worked tirelessly to coordinate media engagements and responses to inquiries concerning the corona virus and the threat it posed to National Security. He worked directly with the Joint Forces Headquarters Public Affairs Officer in order to ensure that all efforts of the Nebraska National Guard were consistent with guidelines and regulations set forth and established by the National Guard Bureau. Major Coleman expanded his influence beyond the chain of command by coordinating with Public Affairs and Public Relations specialists from various agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Service and Food Banks in both Omaha and Lincoln. Major Coleman's extraordinary efforts and accomplishments during this period reflect credit upon himself, Joint Task Force Heartland Response and the United States Army.

Captain Chris T. Allen distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as a Public Affairs Officer, 87th Air Base Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, from XXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. During this period, the leadership and tireless efforts of Captain Allen resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the Wing Public Affairs program, including the wing earning Air Mobility Command's "Best Wing Communication Program" and "Public Affairs Communication Effectiveness" awards for 2012. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Captain Allen reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Air Force.

For exceptionally meritorious achievement while serving as the Public Affairs Officer for Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA). Captain Honalulu's dedication to duty, technical expertise, and attention to detail resulted in award winning products and increased communications and awareness across the organization. His diligent mentorship and tutelage of the Public Affairs section inspired the development and dissemination of twelve hundred informational products in support of Operation XXXXXXX and XXXXXX. In addition, his confidence and professionalism directly contributed to the incremental improvement, productivity, and capability of the Activity's Inform and Dissemination operations. Captain Honalulu's superb performance reflects great credit upon himself, Crane Army Ammunition Activity, the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command and the United States Army.

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