News: Thunder Soldiers awarded coveted Bronze Order of Mercury
Story by Pfc. Gun Woo Song
CAMP CASEY, South Korea - The Army Signal Corps is the force that ensures commanders have full control on the battlefield and have served a major role in helping units and commanders communicate since the Civil War.
Three Soldiers from 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, won the Bronze Order of Mercury, a prestigious award given by the Signal Corps for their outstanding achievements in the brigade during the Signal Corps Regimental Ball May 16, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seoul, South Korea.
According to the Signal Corps Regimental Association, the award is given out to those who have demonstrated professionalism and contributed significantly to the promotion of the Signal Corps and the association.
“I feel very accomplished to know that what you do for the signal community actually does matter,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2, John Rolley, one of the recipients of the award and the brigade systems administrator. “It was a very welcoming award.”
According to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Philip Wilson, the net management technician for the brigade, and another recipient of the award, the three winners were recognized for finding new angles of use for signal equipment to be implemented.
“We were developing new ways of using signal equipment for the brigade,” said Wilson. “For example, [we developed] utilizing various radios and satellite communication equipment to integrate, such as the radars, to be able to participate within the counter fire fighting mission of the brigade.”
For Wilson, a native of Prattville, Ala., the award was one of his personal goals in his career.
“This is something I personally knew I wanted to achieve in my career the moment I first saw the award being handed out,” said Wilson. “I knew personally I had reached a major goal in my life.”
Master Sgt. Michael Conner, the third winner and a signal support systems specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th FA Bde., 2nd Inf. Div., emphasized the importance of going outside your comfort zone in order to develop oneself.
“Don’t be afraid to go out of your military occupational specialty. Get all the certifications you can get,” said Conner, a native of Hartselle, Ala. “You have to continue to push to get better and do everything you can.”
Rolley also focused on going out and facing the world to be successful by having a Michael Jordan attitude.
“I always had the Michael Jordan attitude; he didn’t sit in his home and dream about it,” said Rolley. “You have to go out there and try. You have to be willing to fail sometimes, but you have to continue to go out there and try every day.”