Upon assignment to B Company, 3-116th Infantry Battalion and conducting mobilization training at Fort Bliss, TX and Camp McGregor, NM, SPC Bailes, a 25B IT Specialist, demonstrated a solid understanding of infantry squad operations. His willingness to learn new skills and tactics contributed to the success of forming an infantry squad comprised of soldiers with various other occupational specialties.
SPC Bailes distinguished himself as a member of 2nd Platoon, 4th Squad during mobilization training. He was frequently the first to volunteer for a variety of tasks and details and his knowledge of communications equipment directly impacted the successful completion of unit validation during mobilization training for the Security Force (SECFOR) mission to Camp As Sayliyah (CAS), Qatar.
Upon arrival to CAS and working under Area Support Group Qatar (ASG-QA), B Company's 2nd Platoon was assigned the off-site mission of SECFOR operations at Falcon 78. SPC Bailes was instrumental in identifying facility maintenance issues for which repairs to observation towers and entry control point (ECP) assets improved functionality of equipment and sustained mission success.
During eight months of operations at Falcon 78, SPC Bailes was personally responsible for identifying at least 7 credentialing and/or vehicle search issues for which the Sergeant of the Guard (SOG) was notified. SPC Bailes also participated in several sessions of sequential training that culminated in the first successful squad live fire event to be conducted in the State of Qatar.
Specialist Joshua A. House distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as a Rifleman, A Company, 1-18 IN BN, 2 ABCT, 1ID, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. During this period, Specialist House contributed to national security objectives in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission by securing 15 aircraft valued at more than $125 million. His ceaseless efforts in completing Random Anti-terrorism Measures diminished terrorist threats and fortified the protection of $500 million worth of resources vital to Air Forces Africa Command. He displayed discipline and dedication to duty by securing six sectors, 150 personnel, encompassing a 337 acre airfield, directly contributing to the successful execution of over one thousand combat sorties. The distinguished accomplishments of Specialist House reflect credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Private First Class Carl Nelson distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as a Rifleman, B Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. PFC Nelson demonstrated the ability to adapt to diverse situations by completing lanes with the Columbian contingent during team level movement training which, in turn, allowed him to cross train the rest of the team. His attention to detail and training enabled our squad to out perform all others during the live fire. In addition, he performed all duties designated by the MFO mission to standard and without fail, ranging from tower sentry to all duties performed at the ECP and all daily duties and chores at both South Camp and OP 3-2. The distinguished accomplishments of Private First Class Nelson reflect credit upon himself, 1st Cavalry Division and the United States Army.
Private First Class Johnson distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as a Rifleman, 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Comanche Troop 4/2 Cavalry Regiment from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXXX. PFC Johnson's ability to execute without supervision and never quit attitude were instrumental in the success of Alamo Scout Three. Due to his dedication to the mission set, 3rd Platoon was able to obtain valuable information leading to the capture or neutralization of numerous insurgents who would have harmed U.S. and coalition forces. In addition, while serving in 3rd Platoon Comanche Troop, 4th Squadron, he embodied the concept of Selfless Service and Personal Courage during Alamo Scout Three by clearing multiple caves deep within Alexander Hill. PFC Johnson volunteered to risk his life clearing these caves, valuing the lives of his teammates more then his own. Further, his dedication to the safety of his fellow soldiers facilitated the emplacement of a fixed Observation Post which improved security by 50 percent. The distinguished accomplishments of Private First Class Johnson reflect credit upon himself, the 2d Cavalry Regiment and the United States Army.