FOR EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE AS A COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT SPECIALIST, SPECIALIST HENDERSON'S DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP, SELFLESS SERVICE, AND UNPARALLELED COMMITMENT TO MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENT WERE INTEGRAL TO THE UNIT'S SUCCESS. HIS PROFESSIONALISM IS IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF MILITARY SERVICE AND REFLECTS DISTINCT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, CHARLIE COMPANY, THE 189TH DIVISION SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION, THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION SUSTAINMENT BRIGADE, AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
PFC Yates' performance as Battery Operations Center Radio Telephone Operator (BOC RTO) during OPERATION XXXX exceeded all expectations and directly contributed to the successful fire of twenty-four M28A1 Reduced Range Practice Rockets (RRPRS) down range qualifying eight launcher crews and two FDC's on Artillery Table XII and Artillery Table XIV for the XXX Battalion. As RTO, he demonstrated refined radio etiquette and battle tracking abilities. He has unlimited potential as an asset to the XXX Battalion!
SPC Trujillo served in Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment from 20 August 2019 to 20 July 2022. He demonstrated dedication and proficiency in every position held in the company, including his primary position as RTO, Team Leader, SAW gunner, Grenadier, and Assistant Gunner. While assigned to Cougar Company, he was hand selected to serve in positions above his grade due to his maturity, unmatched attention to detail and dedication to PLT operations.
SPC Trujillo exhibited comprehensive knowledge of task level 1 skills by facilitating and designing the battalion station for brigade squad competition on 4 FEB 2022. These tasks included procurement of resources and setting the task and standards for all three stations on the lane.
SPC Younger served as the primary RTO for 1st recon team, scout platoon, Headquarters Company for the last 6 months. During the month of October SPC Younger performed exceptionally well during team STX, and achieved over 70 percent link quality analysis scores (LQA) on all field expedient antenna builds during patrols. His self discipline and determination has made him a subject matter expert (SME) in all areas of High Frequency radio operations. In addition to performing, he has taught and mentored new RTOs that have struggled with the difficult theories of HF.
For diligence and extraordinary team building efforts in support of the 1-145th Field Artillery. SGT Young went above and beyond his assigned RTO duties and, on his own initiative, ensured all radios were working and trained Soldiers in his PLT and others on the expedient use of their various radio systems. In addition, using his knowledge of Fire Direction Control protocols, he trained and prepared operators for live fire exercises, resulting in greatly improved communications and subsequent battlefield coordination and success. The actions of SGT Young bring great credit upon himself, the 1-145th Field Artillery and the United States Army.
During this period, SGT Young demonstrated superb technical skills in support of the Communications Directorate, Combined Joint Task Force HOA while at forward operating location Tadjoura, Djibouti. He provided secure and non-secure, round-the-clock voice and data capability to 404th Civil Affairs personnel in order to keep command staff directorates apprised of current operations. His expertise was vital in the proper set up and configuration of radio equipment, blue force trackers, satellite phones, and Land Mobile Radios and radio procedures. In addition, he provided emergency communications support on multiple occasions to the 407th Civil Affairs team in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. The relentless efforts of SGT Young bring great credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Task Force HOA and the United States Army.
During this period, SGT Mixon was assigned as the primary radio operator at the team house in Tadjoura, Djibouti, where he operated and maintained the single channel UHF radios and the Secure and Non-Secure Access Point terminal in support of the 407th Civil Affairs team. In addition, he supported three Civil Affairs team missions focused on strengthening local relationships in Tadjoura through team building activities. He also assisted Navy Coastal Riverine Squadron One in isolating and repairing deficiencies in their communications network, restoring comm for three patrol craft and ensuring mission readiness to protect high value assets from piracy. The actions of SGT Mixon bring great credit upon himself, the 407th Civil Affairs Team and the United States Army.