LEGION OF MERIT
90A Staff Integration and Synchronization Officer
Lieutenant Colonel John Smith distinguished himself through exceptionally meritorious service, profound strategic vision and selfless service to the Department of Defense, United States Army Reserve, and the United States Army for more than 25 years. During the period of October 1998 to July 2023, LTC Smith made lasting contributions in transforming and implementing effective policies and programs that enhanced sustained logistics readiness at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of command in support of the Warfighter. His professionalism, ingenuity, and tireless work ethic optimized Army readiness that postured Soldiers for the future strategic environment in support of the National Military Strategy and Army leadership priorities. His dynamic vision and aptitude during continuous Army-wide engagements have ensured irreversible momentum in adapting organizational and operational mindsets to the Multi-Domain Battle concept.
LTC Smith's extraordinary contributions in multiple critical leadership positions greatly improved the readiness of the United States Army for over two decades. At every rank, from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel, his selfless service and patriotism were evident in his ability to build teams that led to not only mission accomplishment for the Army, but also maximized the opportunity for every Soldier under his leadership to attain their highest potential.
His extraordinary contributions included his exceptional meritorious wartime service as a Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (or LOGCAP) Support Officer at Bagram Airfield, Operating Base Fenty, Tactical Base Gamberi, and Advising Platform Lightning in northeastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. His unwavering commitment and zealous pursuit of excellence resulted in unparalleled strategic influence, success of the LOGCAP mission, and unsurpassed levels of sustainment support to over 28,000 United States and Coalition Forces, Civilians, and Contracting personnel located at four strategically important northern sites within the Combined Joint Operational Area- Afghanistan (CJOA-A).
Always mission-focused, LTC Smith maintained an aggressive emphasis on readiness and supply availability and made exceptional contributions while serving as the Forward Deployed G37 (Exercises) Interim AOR Chief for the Third Army/U.S. Army Central. His efforts to streamline the support requirements of an area of responsibility consisting of 21 countries spanning over 4 million square miles, containing three internationally strategic chokepoints in the most volatile and contested territory in the world. His leadership acumen enabled him to serve as a key Integrator and representative to the USARCENT G37 Training Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) Directorate in the absence of the AOR Chief.
Demonstrating a clear vision and an innovative strategy, LTC Smith also served to synch Live, Virtual, Constructive and Gaming (LVG-C) operations. Over the course of his tour with USARCENT in Kuwait, LTC Smith produced exceptional scripts for the USARCENT G7 weekly Lieutenant General level Spartan Shield Battle Update Briefing (BUB). His initiative and approach to the briefings set an unprecedented easy-to-understand Common Operating Picture of the posture of the Spartan Shield forces. His attention to detail and knowledge of the operational environment enabled the USARCENT G7 AOR Chief to provide key enablers to the Command's decision making.
While in Kuwait and as a newly promoted Major, LTC Smith was selected to serve as the Deputy to Area of Responsibility Chief. His contributions redefined both process and partnership versatility in areas that develop, integrate, provide and sustain logistics readiness. His actions enabled the development of a combined, culminating training event between the U.S. Armored Brigade Combat Team in Kuwait and Kuwaiti forces. During the culminating training event, his emphasis on partnerships and cooperation continued to increase momentum in the development of training solutions that had a strategic impact on forces within the ARCENT AOR. He orchestrated monthly G7-led U.S. and Kuwaiti Training Resource Synchronization Meetings (TRSMM). His ability to build relationships with Kuwaiti Soldiers was not only instrumental in fostering a climate of cooperation and building functional capacity, but especially enhanced Force Readiness.
LTC Smith's approach to leadership epitomizes the Army's focus on people and esprit de corps and he is a stalwart example of selfless military service that demonstrates living the Army Values and Warrior Ethos both on and off duty. It was for this reason that he was sought out by name and selected to serve as a mentor to JROTC cadets while at the Fort Benning Warrior Transition Battalion. Over the course of his assignment, LTC Smith maintained an aggressive schedule, working to develop the JROTC cadets' critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to forge them into tough, adaptable leaders who can thrive in ambiguous and complex environments. His priorities remained focused on the cadet and ensured the were successful with their ability to lead at the Squad and Platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. LTC Smith maintained a push vice pull mentality at every step to increase education and awareness on organizational capabilities and limitations, increasing team cohesion and operational effectiveness, and applying components of cross-cultural competence in the conduct of military operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Smith's military service culminated at the United States Army Materiel Command (AMC) Headquarters where he directly supported the Commanding General's Army Food Innovation and Transformation initiative. He worked diligently to serve as the key staff integrator, managing both internal and external battle rhythms, and served as Chair of multiple working groups. He developed human resource requirements and future requirements while providing direct oversight of communication strategies. Additionally, he served as continuity in the AMC Headquarters during the absence of the AFIT PM. LTC Smith's foresight and exceptional emphasis on resource and workload management exceeded operational goals while providing outstanding service in support of Decisive Action operations.
LTC Smith exceled at staff integration and synchronization at the ACOM level and coordination with AMC subordinate Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs). He consistently provided actionable and timely assessments on Como 1 Installations and facilities to the AMC Deputy Commanding General in support of Army Synchronization Meetings, Strategic Portfolio Analysis Reviews, and other HQDA engagements. He distinguished himself as the best while he worked to refine operations and processes to empower and leverage action officers across the G4 Directorate to successfully accomplish complex tasks and provide quality products to AMC Senior Leaders. During much of this time, he also served as continuity on an Interim Assignment at the AMC Headquarters prior to the arrival of the incoming G4 Military Deputy, performing at the Colonel/O6 level, which significantly contributed to the success of the AMC mission.
LTC Smith is an innovative, intuitive, and empowering role model who makes the tough calls of leadership with the aptitude and precision of the Army's most talented Officers. His vast accomplishments, high standards of performance and strategic impact will leave an indelible mark on the footprint of both the United States Army Reserve and the United States Army. He distinguished himself as a he conducted risk analysis of AMC DOD and Army designated task critical assets (TCAS) throughout the strategic support area (SSA) including 107 Organic Industrial Base and 8 IMCOM TCAs; he ensured Harrison support to 595 TCAs of 7 DOD elements, and 13 other Army Commands and Direct Reporting Units on AMC installations; 4 CONUS Mobilization Force Generations installations: 10 CONUS and 6 OCONUS power refined operations and processes to empower and leverage action officers across the G4 Directorate to successfully accomplish complex task and provide quality product to AMC Senior Leaders. His exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects distinct credit upon him, the United States Army Reserve, the U.S. Army Materiel Command and the United States Army.
NARRATIVE FOR LEGION OF MERIT
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS HAZAEL D. HERNANDEZ
For exceptionally meritorious service while serving in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating a 24-year career as the Senior Movements Noncommissioned Officer for the 3-383D Training Support Battalion. His career included a multitude of important assignments of increased responsibility where he consistently demonstrated exceptional and effective leadership, dedicated service, and commitment to Soldiers in every unit he was a member.
Sergeant First Class Hernandez has an amazing ability to build his teams, communicate ideas and develop others which was most evident as he served as a HET vehicle driver and Squad Leader while assigned to the 377th Transportation Company (HET) at Ft. Bliss, TX. His coordination and management allowed the company vehicles and equipment valuing $3,880,000 to arrive at the destinations on time and with zero safety mishaps or shortages. Whether it was transporting to exercises or a deployment to Kuwait, there was over 30,000 safe miles driven. While deployed to Kuwait, he was handpicked by the battalion leadership to certify incoming convoy commanders to theater based on his proven ability to complete every mission to standard and always focusing on safety.
Sergeant First Class Hernandez demonstrated outstanding leadership and managerial skills while serving as a Platoon Sergeant in the 47th Truck Company. He oversaw the welfare and maintenance of 39 service members and over $15,000,000 of equipment. He was handpicked to be the unit's deploying Unit Movement Officer, shipping over 115 short tons of vehicles and equipment with zero losses to Kuwait. While in theater, he conducted over 500 missions logging 197,000 miles which were accident and incident free. Then, his platoon was awarded the Army Motor Vehicle Driver Safety Award for accident free operations.
While assigned to the 3-383D Training Support Battalion, he performed above and beyond his normal scope of duties while assigned. After attending the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), he became a registered trainer within 90 days. In the last two years, he has trained more than 600 Service Members across the US Army Reserves preventing countless suicides and saving lives. He has personally saved 5 Soldiers with direct interventions and securing them the medical assistance they require. Due to his unparalleled training techniques and ability to connect with students, he was selected #1 over 20 fellow ASIST instructors within the 85th Support Command. During his tenure at 3-383D Training Support Battalion, he earned the unit two adequate ratings during the Physical Security Inspections and recognized by the 88th Reserve Support Command for bringing the unit back into compliance since his arrival.
Upon retirement, Sergeant First Class Hernandez is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary achievement in the finest traditions of the United States Army.
For exceptionally meritorious service from 01 December 2010 to 01 December 2020. Sergeant First Class Hernandez served with distinction in positions of great responsibility and importance, culminating a 24-year career as the Senior Movements Noncommissioned Officer for the 3-383D Training Support Battalion. His noteworthy services have encompassed all levels of transportation, maintenance and a myriad of additional positions including HET driver, Squad Leader, Platoon Leader, Truckmaster, and Senior Movements Noncommissioned Officer. His leadership, technical competence and total dedication contributed immeasurably to the United States Army Reserves mission and to the vitality and sustainability of the strength of the nation in a time of war. His service reflects great credit upon himself, the Transportation Corps, and the United States Army.
Master Sergeant Kirk Cameron has distinguished himself with over 37 years of exceptionally meritorious service to the Nation and the United States Army. His extraordinary career culminated with him serving as the Weapons of Mass Destruction Administrative Assistant for the United States Army Reserve Element European Command. His career included a multitude of important assignments of increased responsibility where he consistently demonstrated exceptional and effective leadership, dedicated service, and commitment to Soldiers.
In 2008, as the Operations NCO for the 1st Battalion, 304th Regiment, 4th Brigade, MSG Cameron oversaw training directives, yearly training programs, and operations orders for the Battalion. He oversaw logistics of an entire BCT cycle of training where he coordinated 200 meals, produced 75 risk assessments, and planned a graduation ceremony with over 500 attendees.
During 2009-2010, while mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Fort Knox as the Company Executive Officer, MSG Cameron completed high-quality training laydowns and schedules for two full BCT cycles that fulfilled the Commander s intent and set the standard tor the Battalion. MSG Cameron assisted with 50 Drill Sergeant Candidates' screening processes. His hard work and dedication to duty led to the preparation of future Soldiers to support the Global War on Terror.
As First Sergeant of the 1st Battalion 304th Regiment in 2011-2015, MSG Cameron supervised and coordinated all administrative functions of the company headquarters. He was responsible for the accountability and control of over 200 enlisted troops. MSG Cameron coordinated activities of the Training NCO, Supply Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant. In 2012, MSG Cameron was appointed as the interim Battalion Command Sergeant Major. During this time he was responsible for taking corrective action, instilling discipline and obedience for the entire Battalion of over 140 troops. MSG Cameron was accountable for all professional development for the enlisted Soldiers, and ensured the Senior NCOs employed proper leadership and supervisory techniques. His organizational and leadership skills were vital to the development and training of over 60 fully qualified Drill Sergeants during his four-year tenure as the First Sergeant.
As a member of USARE EUCOM from 2015-2018, MSG Cameron served as the Weapons of Mass Destruction Administrative Assistant. During 2016 Annual Training with Headquarters EUCOM, in Grafenwoehr Germany, MSG Cameron was an integral piece of the operational exercise. He supported the Special Operations Division, where he oversaw and ran the security check point at the SCIF. MSG Cameron was responsible for securing the Top Secret building, ensuring only appropriate personnel gained access to the facility and the Top Secret briefings. While supporting Headquarters EUCOM, Stuttgart Germany 12 March 1 April 2017, MSG Cameron assisted in the preparation and execution as the EUCOM J5 bi-annual workshop with Israeli Defense Soldiers. MSG Cameron was an essential asset to the execution of the event, oversaw and ran the security checkpoint for the area along with random checks of the building. MSG Cameron's actions assisted in ensuring a safe and successful conference between two nations' defense teams.
Lieutenant Colonel Tom Cruise is recognized for having distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements for over 35 years. Most recently, as a member for the Army Reserve Element-U.S. European Command (ARE-EUCOM), he contributed to planning the use of multiple air and maritime assets assigned to U.S. Air Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Europe during strike operations conducted in Syria. His operations planning, specifically on personnel recovery operations, resulted in the team leader receiving a Joint Service Commendation Medal. Secondly, his actions in planning EUCOM operations in support of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel were critical to mission success.
From October 2015 to September 2017, LTC Cruise was assigned as the Command Duty Officer at USARCYBER. His cybersecurity expertise and leadership were required to manage a team of twenty-five military, civilian and contractor personnel to synchronize efforts to design, operate and defend all Army networks. He was responsible for operation of the Army Cyberspace Integration and Operations Center (ACOIC) which maintains and defends all Army networks consisting of 817,000 Windows assets, 33,000 servers, and 71,000 mobile devices across six theaters of operation. He conducted full-spectrum cyber operations, coordinated and synchronized the execution of DoD information network (DoDIN) Operations, Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO), Offensive Cyber Operations (OCO), current operations, and intelligence operations for 1.1 million users experiencing over eight billion cyber events per month.
Prior to his ARE-EUCOM assignment, LTC Cruise served as the Deputy G6 and Director of Information Technology for the New Hampshire National Guard. He managed Information Assurance (CISO), Network Control, Visual Information and Information Systems Support work centers and personnel. He oversaw a $1.5 million annual budget, 18 personnel, and over ten contracts per year. He managed all budgeting and purchasing activities using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to a 99% execution rate. He leveraged resources to incorporate new technology to remote sites in the enclave, increasing speeds tenfold and reducing recurring costs by $200,000 annually. He coordinated with external IT organizations for design and implementation of advanced microwave technology providing increased bandwidth, data back-up speeds, and increased system uptime. He developed DMZ policies and integrated NH State network applications.
As a member of the State of New Hampshire Cyber Advisory Committee, LTC Cruise participated in Fervent Darkness, the US NORTHCOM cyber disruption exercise, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regional cyber disruption exercises. He coordinated and developed staff to meet all Department of Defense (DoD) requirements for cyber security utilized data to provide actionable information for strategic decision making. He provided implementation guidance to senior level managers on purchasing and the use of emerging technologies. He integrated emerging technologies and applications into the overall IT strategy and developed appropriate IT and Security policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and industry best practices.
Narrative to Accompany Award of Legion of Merit to Lieutenant Colonel John Doe
Lieutenant Colonel John Doe distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of positions of great importance and responsibility to the United States Army and the Nation. Having served as a Field Artillery Officer in the Maryland Army National Guard, New Hampshire Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserves, he culminated his career as the Deputy J3 United States Army Reserve Element European Command and Team Chief Joint Operations Center European Command.
Serving as the Executive Officer then S3 while on Full Time National Guard Duty - Operations Support for the 197th Fires Brigade from November 2008 to May 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Doe was the project manager for the training and mobilization of 2400 Soldiers across four states, deploying to Kuwait. His coordination and management allowed the brigade to arrive at the mobilization station with over 90 percent of the brigade fully trained on pre-mobilization tasks, reducing the time required at the mobilization station. Lieutenant Colonel Doe concurrently led the brigade staff through the yearlong Command Post of the Future fielding, and validation through a full brigade wide simulations exercise.
Serving as the Commander for Camp Arifjan Kuwait Zone 6 from September 2010 to September 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Doe led a newly formed ad hoc to run base operations, security, and contract management for 6000 service personnel at Camp Arifjan. This team facilitated and managed basing requirements to support OIF drawdown and retrograde to Kuwait. His unit was instrumental in saving $250,000 through the reutilization of equipment scheduled for destruction, recovered $120,000 of lost Air Force shipping assets, and saved $20,000 in interest charges through timely contract payments. His team reduced the base manning time for FPCON Delta from three hours to less than 90 minutes. Lieutenant Colonel Doe coordinated and established the first joint United States Army Band and Kuwaiti Army National Guard Band training and concert, gaining national Kuwaiti attention and furthering host nation relationships.
As the State Movement Control Officer for the New Hampshire National Guard from October 2011 to April 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Doe and his team re-established proper movement control procedures, timely convoy request approval, and SOPs which resulted in a first time GO for the state command logistics review team inspection. In this role he also served as the state Mission Assignment Coordinator, representing the National Guard at the state Emergency Operations Center during state emergencies where he was the key advisor for military assets.
Lieutenant Colonel Doe concluded his career as a Team Chief for the Joint Operations Center, European Command and Deputy J3, United States Army Reserve Element-European Command. Under his leadership and guidance, unit readiness was greatly enhanced by the establishment and execution of a newly developed training plan which included the integration of annual joint training conducted by Joint Forces Staff College mobile training team. He served on five short overseas tours from 2014 to 2017 as a Team Chief for the Joint Operations Center. Most notably as Team Chief, Lieutenant Colonel Doe participated in Austere Challenge 2015 and 2017; managed tracking, reporting, and exercises for Theater Ballistic Missile Defense, supporting Operations Sharp Sentry and Atlantic Sentry; providing daily operational and asset updates for senior leadership and Joint Staff; and tracking and reporting events during the crisis action planning for the 2016 Turkish coup. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military and reflect great credit upon himself, the 76th Division and the United States Army.
1SG Edgar Matthews distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service and unparalleled achievement to the United States Army for nearly three decades while serving in positions of significant responsibility, culminating as the 1SG for B Co, 212th Combat Support Hospital (CSH). His outstanding leadership, pursuit of excellence, and dedication significantly increased the effectiveness, readiness, and quality of every unit to which he was assigned.
In June 2015, 1SG Matthews was hand selected to assume the responsibility as the 1SG for B Co, 212th CSH. He led the 84-bed deployable hospital overseeing the training, readiness, and health and welfare of over 190 soldiers and their family members. He was responsible for the maintenance, recovery, and accountability of over 590 pieces of equipment valued at over $19 million. 1SG Matthew's leadership ensured the success of medical support for six NATO missions, three deployments of a medical personnel to Africa, and was key to the success to the 212th CSH becoming the first hospital to pass the NATO medical Role III evaluation.
From 2012 through June 2015, 1SG Matthews was assigned to the 212th CSH as the Operations NCO and Installation Coordinator. He was responsible for Miesau Ammunition Depot supporting over 800 soldiers, and DOD and host nation workers. He was responsible for the maintenance and use of over 2.3 thousand acres of land and 2.3 million square feet of facility space, coordinating the force protection, contract compliance, energy conservation, and environmental management for the entire depot. 1SG Matthews was chosen over all the Master Sergeants within the BDE as interim CSM for the 212th CSH due to un-forecasted personnel vacancy. As interim CSM, he was recognized by the US Army Surgeon General for the 212th CSH's display of outstanding medical readiness. He revitalized training with the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center that allowed 120 CSH Soldiers to provide over 2,500 patient encounter hours.
From 2008 through May 2011, 1SG Matthews was the First Sergeant and Senior Operations and Personnel Sergeant for the HQ, Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Carson, Colorado. As the Senior Operations and Personnel Sergeant he was responsible for supporting over 520 military and civilian personnel. As First Sergeant he ensured over 250 wounded warriors met their demanding rehabilitation requirements and established company programs to enhance their rehabilitation process.
From 2007 through January 2008, 1SG Matthews was deployed as the Afghanistan national Army medical NCO Mentor. He trained and mentored Soldiers of an Afghani weapons company where he ensured a 100 percent qualification rate on multiple American weapon systems and provided over 120 hours of medical training. 1SG Matthews proved to be a true medical professional by serving as the triage NCOIC during a 15 person Afghani Civilian MASCAL in 2008 minimizing loss of life.
1SG Matthews is an absolute professional and a shining example of selfless service and dedication to the Army. He has made a positive impact on the lives of countless Soldiers, Families and Civilians in a career. His leadership and mentorship has established a strong presence amongst the NCOs of the 212th Combat Support Hospital. He has always been the go-to mentor for the entire command and I am honored to recommend an NCO of this caliber for this award. He embodied the Army Values and was always a sound voice for the command.
For exceptionally meritorious service as an Infantryman and Special Forces Operator from May 1978 to October 1992 and October 2005 to July 2016. Major BLANK's extraordinary contributions throughout his 25 year career in critical leadership and staff positions directly influenced global political stability across multiple continents. A true patriot, initially retiring in 1992 after supporting strategic counter-insurgency, combat and nation building operations in the Special Operation community, Major BLANK returned to service after a 13 year break in service to support the Global War on Terror. In his second service period he deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM twice. His contagious enthusiasm, sound reasoning and cultural sensitivity proved invaluable to the success of his Command during his latter tours of duty.
In total Major BLANK deployed 40 months overseas for combat duty in Panama, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Additionally he has supported strategic overseas humanitarian (demining) relief in collaboration with the United Nations and Pakistan, supported the training of multiple allied nations Armies, completed the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff Officer Course. His previous positions of senior leadership included Special Forces Operations Officer, Special Forces S-4, Special Forces A-team Detachment Commander, Basic Airborne Training Company Commander, Senior Platoon trainer for Infantry Officer Basic Course.
Major BLANK served as the Special Forces Tactical Command Post Operations Officer in support of combat operations to liberate Kuwait and defeat the Iraqi Army during Operation DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. He advised and developed training for the unit on boarder surveillance, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, and the conduct of Coalition Warfare with the Pan-Arab forces. His efforts on behalf of the Army Special Operations Task Force contributed directly to the success of the Coalition Force mission and the removal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
As the plans officer (J-5) in support of combat operations during operation JUST CAUSE and nation building activities during operation PROMOTE LIBERTY he supervised the joint-service planning cell consisting of Army Special Operations, Naval Special Warfare Unit 8, and an Air Force Special Operations detachment. As the plans officer for the Joint Special Operations Task Force his comprehensive system for mission analysis was largely responsible for 50 tactical missions with no loss of life and the development of the comprehensive Panama Campaign Plan used by the Unified Command. His involvement in this operation directly impacted rebuilding Panama into a stable democratic country.
As a liaison to the US Embassy in Pakistan, during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, Major BLANK was able to achieve an unambiguous unity of purpose between the United Nations, United States and Pakistan in demining/ countermine programs along the Pakistan and Afghan border. These efforts directly supported the safe passage of over 3.5 Million afghan refugees displaced by war and the successful outcome of Operation Salam.
His actions, over his total 25 years of military service, are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military and reflect great credit upon himself, the Special Forces community and the United States Army.
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 20, 1942, has awarded the Legion of Merit to
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For exceptionally meritorious service as a Combat Engineer from December #### to December ####. Lieutenant Colonel BLANK's extraordinary contributions in multiple critical leadership positions improved the readiness of the United States Army for over a decade. His selfless service and patriotism were evident as he led Soldiers at every rank from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel BLANK's ability to build teams, communicate ideas and develop others was most evident as he served as a Military Transition Team Chief in Iraq from February 2007 to June 2009. His efforts greatly improved the ability of 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division to mentor the Iraqi National Police Battalion greatly increasing their effectiveness in protecting the Iraqi people. Lieutenant Colonel BLANK served as the Operations Officer in the 864th Engineer Battalion where he planned and supervised the execution of the pre-deployment training for the Engineer Task Force's initial construction and combat operations in support of Regional Command South, Afghanistan. His understanding of engineer qualification tasks and the complex operational environment in Afghanistan resulted in the 864th Engineer Battalion conducting squad Live Fire Exercises, two Command Post Exercises and a Culminating Training Exercise. Most importantly, his training plan set the conditions for the 864th Engineer Battalion to construct a new Forward Operating Base and establish a security ring in Kandahar City, Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel BLANK transitioned from the Operations Officer to the Executive Officer of the 864th Engineer Battalion where he was responsible for the execution of over 150 construction projects valued at over $300 million to support the surge Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. His leadership and ability to solve intricate problems was essential as the Battalion consisting of over 850 Soldiers redeployed, reintegrated and reset at Joint Base Lewis McCord. Lieutenant Colonel BLANK synchronized the efforts of 8 Companies, ensuring the refit of thousands of pieces of equipment over a three month period. His ability to coach, teach and mentor was further demonstrated as he transitioned from the Operational Force to serving as a Professor of Military Science at the University of Guam. Selected by a centralized board to recruit and train future leaders of the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel BLANK implemented changes which resulted in a program ranked in the bottom 10 percent of the Nation to the top 20 percent of the Nation. His emphasis on developing quality leaders through more rigorous training produced United States Army Officers capable of leading Soldiers in a wartime environment. His understanding of a total Army concept generated positive relationships with the Guam National Guard and the University of Guam gaining valuable support for the Cadet Corps. Lastly, Lieutenant Colonel BLANK followed his tenure as the PMS for Guam by serving as the Battalion Commander for the Cleveland Recruiting Battalion. He served as a role model for Soldiers and Civilians alike. Lieutenant Colonel BLANK had an unbelievable ability to work with community leaders, always reflecting the Army and the Army Values. His leadership in a multitude of critical leadership positions across the entire spectrum of the Army positively impacted hundreds of Soldiers over the course of a very honorable career. The superior effort, outstanding leadership, and personal initiative display by Lieutenant Colonel BLANK reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army, and his country.
NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
LEGION OF MERIT
LTC ALFRED J. PADDEN
Over his 31 year career, Lieutenant Colonel Alfred J. Padden has distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of positions of great importance and responsibility to the Army and the Nation, culminating as the Strategy and Policy Branch Chief, Stability Operations Division, Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, Operations and Plans (G-3/5/7), Headquarters, Department of the Army for the past eighteen months. His previous positions of significant leadership included Chief of Current Operations J3, United States Forces Iraq, Iraqi Army Brigade Transition Team Chief, Mosul; Inspector General, District of Columbia National Guard and Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 312th Regiment.
As the Strategy and Policy Branch Chief, Stability Operations Division, Lieutenant Colonel Padden positively and directly influenced Army and Department of Defense Policy and program recommendations to the Chief of Staff, Army; the Vice Chief of Staff, Army; and the DCS, G3/5/7 on a daily basis. His carefully communicated advice reflected the depth and breadth of his considerable experience and affected future programs and policy that will carry the Army through the end of sustained combat operations and into an Army focused on building the capacity of the partners of the United States.
Lieutenant Colonel Padden played a key role in the transition between Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn by carefully managing over 250 External and Stability Transition Teams as the Chief of Transition Team Operations for the J3 in United States Forces Iraq. His guidance and leadership were instrumental in navigating the complex and critical issues surrounding the Iraqi people's realization of sovereignty and the Iraqi Security Forces being thrust into the lead role for security operations. Lieutenant Colonel Padden performed this task, at a critical time in Iraq's evolving history. His success was built upon his superb efforts in his previous post which saw him mentor, coach, train and lead by example what would become the best brigade in the 2nd Iraqi Army Division, in Mosul, then the most complex and lethal part of all Iraq.
As the Inspector General for the District of Columbia National Guard from 2005 until 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Padden was credited for restoring the positive command climate that had been missing from the command. He achieved this by first clearing the backlog of Inspector General cases that dated back to 2001 and then ensuring timely disposition of the 185 new cases that were presented to him during his tenure. Through integrity, compassion, equality, fairness and outstanding leadership, Lieutenant Colonel Padden earned his exceptional reputation as the go to guy for the entire District of Columbia National Guard force including commanders, staff, retirees and family members.
As a Training Support Battalion Commander in the early years of Operation Enduring Freedom, Lieutenant Colonel Padden employed the diverse characteristics and capabilities of the 1st Battalion, 310th Regiment to fully prepare National Guard and Army Reserve Brigades for deployment to Afghanistan for combat operations. As the vanguard in preparing deploying forces, Lieutenant Colonel Padden created and employed techniques for instruction, sequencing and evaluation that became the baseline for the next ten years of Army efforts to ready and deploy forces from the Reserve Component into combat.
His actions, over 31 years of military service, are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service.
For exceptionally meritorious service in positions of increasing responsibility culminating a 35 year career as an Information Management Officer, United States Army Reserve Element European Command. Lieutenant Colonel Doe, by extraordinary leadership, integrity and personal skills, enhanced the readiness and mission capability of numerous units throughout the Army, Army Reserve, and the National Guard. The significant achievements and devotion to duty of Lieutenant Colonel Doe, reflect great credit upon himself, the United States Army Reserve Element European Command, and the United States Army.
For exceptionally meritorious service while serving in positions of increasing responsibility and culminating a thirty-seven-year career as the Weapons of Mass Destruction Administrative Assistant for the United States Army Reserve Element United States European Command. MSG Snuffy, by extraordinary leadership, integrity and personal skills, enhanced the readiness and mission capability of numerous units throughout the Army and Army Reserve. MSG Snuffy is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that reflects great credit upon himself, the United States Army Reserve Element European Command and the United States Army.
For exceptionally meritorious service while serving in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in a 24-year career as Operations NCO, J3, European Command Army Reserve Element. Sergeant First Class C. Thomas Howell has distinguished himself by providing exemplary leadership and meritorious service in challenging positions of great importance and responsibility. Upon Retirement, Sergeant First Class Howell is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary achievement in the finest traditions of the United States Army.
For meritorious service in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in a 20-year career as an operations / action officer assigned the United States Army Reserve Element European Command. Throughout his military career, Major Michael J. Fox served with honor and distinction in numerous positions, from those associated with his career in the Marine Corps to his various assignments within the Civil Affairs community, and his most recent assignments within European Command. Upon retirement, Major Fox is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary achievement in the finest traditions of the United States Army.
For exceptional meritorious service from 23 May 1990 to 31 May 2018 culminating as the Operations Officer and Joint Operations Center Team Chief for the United States Army Reserve Element, United States European Command. Throughout twenty-eight years of service Lieutenant Colonel Doe, by extraordinary leadership, integrity and personal skills, enhanced the readiness and mission capability of numerous units throughout the Army, Army Reserve, and the National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Doe is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that reflects great credit upon himself, the United States Army Reserve Element-European Command, and the United States Army.
For exceptionally meritorious service from 29 Sep 1985 to 30 Jun 2012 while serving in a variety of positions culminating as an Army Nurse. Her expertise, competence and professionalism is of the highest caliber. It is with great honor that we recognize this soldier's service to her country over the past 27 years. Her Dedication to duty reflects great credit upon herself, the California Army National Guard and the United States Army.
Sergeant First Class WESLEY G. STAPLETON, RA37818647, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as a member of the Engineer Fire Fighting Company, 8075th Army Unit, in Korea, from 27 January 1953 to 4 May 1954. Serving as Fire Chief of the city of Pusan, Sergeant STAPLETON demonstrated exceptional technical proficency and outstanding initiative in establishing adequate military fire-protection measures in highly strategic and extremely vulnerable areas in the United Nations' logistical chain of supply, succesfully reducing the acute danger of their destruction by fire through possibe enemy action. He skillfully organized, trained and operated the fire-fighting services under his control, proffered sound recommendations and technical guidance to the 3001st. Republic of Korea Army Engineer Firefighting Platoon, trained and utilized indigenous personnel in this inportant field of public safety and conducted a relentless campaign to establish high standards of fire prevention and protection throughout the teeming port city of Pusan. Despite obstacles imposed by extremely congested areas, lack of fire breaks, an inadequate water supply system and numerous routes inassessable to fire fighting equipment, his actions in directing fire-fighting operations during the Great Pusan Fire of 27 November 1953 and the devastating fires of 29 January 1954 and 3 April 1954 reach heroic portions and resulted in the saving of hundreds of lives and millions of dollars worth of military and civilian property. Seargent STAPLETON's forceful leadership, selfless devotion to duty and demonstrated courage were significant contributions to the United Nations' first armed bid for world peace. His exemplary accomplishments reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
The citation of the Legion of Merit to the DARNG is now in "Active Voice" (This example is for retirement):
FOR EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING IN POSITIONS OF INCREASING RESPONSIBILITY AND CULMINATING AS COMMANDER, 96TH TROOP COMMAND. THROUGHOUT THIRTY-FOUR YEARS OF SERVICE YOU HAVE PROVIDED SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES WITH UNLIMITED SUPPORT AND CARE WHILE LEADING BY EXAMPLE WITHOUT REGARD TO PERSONAL HARDSHIP OR RISK AND YOU DISPLAYED AN EXCEPTIONAL ABILITY TO COMMAND INFANTRY, ARMOR, AND SUPPORT UNITS ALIKE. YOUR EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP IS IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF THE MILITARY AND REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT UPON YOURSELF, THE WASHINGTON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
For exceptional meritorious service from 1 June 2005 to 1 August 2011 culminating as Senior Intelligence Officer, Detachment 1, 2600th Military Intelligence Group, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Throughout her 28 years of service, Major Doe has distinguished herself by exceptional duty performance in positions of escalating importance and responsibility. During her career, Major Doe, by extra ordinary leadership, integrity and technical skills enhanced the readiness of numerous units throughout the United States Army and deployed. Upon retirement, Major Doe is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that reflects great credit upon herself, the 2600th Military Intelligence Group and the United States Army.