JOINT SERVICE COMMENDATION MEDAL
Sergeant First Class Joe S. Doe
Sergeant First Class Joe S. Doe, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service as Administrative Chief, Headquarters, J1, United States Forces Korea, from 25 January 2005 to 27 January 2006. During this period, Sergeant Doe s outstanding initiative and dedication to duty enabled the J1 branch to continue to provide flawless customer support to over 200 component and command group personnel and senior leaders despite the absence of the Superintendent and Noncommssioned Officer In Charge. His superb time-management skills coupled with extensive knowledge of the joint mission enabled him to process over 60 staff packages and official correspondence without error during a thirteen-day period. In addition, Sergeant Doe reviewed, corrected, and printed over 130 certificates of appreciations awarded to recognize outstanding support from augmentee personnel who participated in Exercise ULCHI FOCUS LENS 2006, directly contributing to the esprit de corp of these Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen. Throughout his tenure, Sergeant Doe s outstanding leadership, unmatched professionalism, and ceaseless efforts resulted in major contributions to the success of the United Nations Command (UNC), the command s historic transformation efforts, and to UNC s success in ensuring security and stability on the Korean Peninsula while supporting inter-Korean reconciliation efforts. As the West Transportation Corridor Control Office NCOIC, Sergeant Doe ensured Armistice compliance and facilitated the movement of more than 72,000 vehicles, 121,000 personnel, and 500,000 tons of equipment back and forth between North and South Korea through the transportation corridor. Moreover, Sergeant Doe served as the West Transportation Corridor Control Officer, a Major billet, for four months during which over 31,000 vehicles and 60,000 personnel crossed the military demarcation line into North Korea. Leading form the front, Sergeant Doe conducted numerous West Transportation Corridor briefings to high-level distinguished visitors, including United States and Republic of Korea Governmental Officials and high-ranking military leaders. Lastly, Sergeant Doe was instrumental in developing and implementing a new corridor crossing tracking procedure that monitors all personnel and products going to and returning from North Korea. Ultimately, this program helped save thousands of man-hours and turned a several-day process into one that now takes just a few hours. As the UNCMAC NCOIC, Sergeant Doe was singularly responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and renovation of all UNCMAC installations, including the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom and the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission Camp that is also located in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. His steadfast and methodical approach to these tasks restored the UNC installations to a high-level condition not seen in decades. Always setting the standard, Sergeant Doe undertook all the toughest missions. He entered North Korea as a UNC observer during a Joint Personnel and Accounting Command remains recovery and repatriation mission and participated in several other contentious talks with the North Korean People s Army. Further Sergeant Doe served on several Special Investigation Team investigations of alleged Armistice violations and led the UNC Guard Post Inspection of the UNC controlled Northwest Islands just a few miles off the North Korean coast. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Sergeant Doe reflected credit upon himself, the United States Army, and the Department of the Defense.
Staff Sergeant Jeffrey A. Python, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service as a non-promotable Staff Sergeant serving as Brigade Motor Sergeant, a Master Sergeant position. Sergeant Python performed exceptionally well and beyond expectations throughout his deployment in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) from 20 March 2006 to 24 August 2006.
Staff Sergeant Python was selected from among his peers to oversee the vehicle maintenance operations critical to the success of Joint Task Force Dark Anvil. He exhibited outstanding leadership and sound judgment in the maintenance and management of equipment worth over $1,000,000 while providing the best possible support to the 21st Signal Company in one of the most volatile areas of Afghanistan. Upon arrival at the 21st Theater Signal Battalion deployed location, there was no vehicle maintenance program in place and the unit's critical communications mission was at risk. He single-handedly organized the few resources available, both equipment and personnel, to develop an efficient and capable maintenance shop. SSG Python analyzed conditions and identified the spare parts and equipment that would be needed to quickly restore damaged equipment. Because there was no supporting logistics section, in addition to his regular responsibilities, he assumed the duties of a logistics specialist and soon had his workcenter stocked with the required parts and was restoring vehicles at a rate that rivaled long-established garages. In addition, he and his subordinates deployed, under hazardous conditions, on multiple occasions to salvage damaged equipment and vehicles, repair them, and return them to service. His technical expertise and planning resulted in a continuous 100% availability rate and saved the Army more than $600K in replacement costs.
Quickly recognized by surrounding units as the de-facto logistics expert, he assisted other units within the theater in logistics planning, operations, and developing their local maintenance capability. His efforts in developing and implementing standard operating procedures improved vehicle service theater-wide and was integral to the success of the Joint Task Force. Sergeant Python's outstanding leadership and decisive actions on multiple objectives significantly contributed to the successful mission accomplishment of the 21st Theater Signal Battalion. His dependability, determination, and selfless service were key factors in the battalion's success. Sergeant Python demonstrated leadership, courage, technical and tactical expertise and a level of performance indicative of a more senior and seasoned NCO.
The distinctive accomplishments of Staff Sergeant Python reflect great credit upon himself, Joint Task Force Dark Anvil, the United States Army, and the Department of Defense.
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