News: Recognizing excellence: Soldier wins prestigious Military Intelligence award for excellence
Story by Sgt. William Begley
WESTVILLE, Ill. - There are many ways a soldier can distinguish themselves above their peers in the Army. By doing so, a soldier places himself in an advantageous position to be promoted while others remain at the same rank. In today’s Army, this has become almost necessary to achieve the ranks of senior leadership positions.
Spc. Camron Giuliani, a signal intelligence analyst with Company A, 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, did just that by winning the prestigious 2013 Command Sergeant Major Doug Russell Award. The award is given to an outstanding junior enlisted soldier in the military intelligence community.
Giuliani created a program that effectively changed the way data is stored by the military intelligence community.
“During my deployment to Afghanistan I created a program called the JEWLS initiative,” said Giuliani. “It created the first ever database for metadata to be used by signals intelligence analysts that can be queried anywhere around the world within seconds of inputting information into the system.”
The JEWLS initiative is now used throughout the intelligence community Army wide as the system for data-basing human intelligence metadata.
Jewels is a nickname he received during childhood growing up in Westville, Ill.
“People had trouble pronouncing my last name so they called me Jewels,” continued Giuliani. “After I started the initiative it stood for joining everything with little servicing.”
Staff Sgt. Stuart Healy, Company A, 742nd MI Bn., 704th MI Bde. is currently stationed on Fort Meade, Md. and was Giuliani’s first line supervisor during his deployment, and also was first to test the JEWLS system. Healy was Giuliani’s guinea pig.
“The JEWLS initiative began as an attempt to streamline our operations out on Combat Outpost Marjah in Afghanistan,” said Healy. “The operation that was in place when we came in was typical of any intelligence operation in Afghanistan at the time. They conducted the intelligence collection mission and then relayed the information as quickly as possible. It was on the second day in country when then Pfc. Giuliani came up to me with an idea to make the process go a little faster. I’m all about working smarter not harder so I encouraged him to go ahead with the JEWLS project.”
It wasn’t just the JEWLS initiative that made Giuliani stand out amongst his peers. 1st Sgt. Exzabia Dukes, Company A, 303rd MI Bn., said Giuliani displays other characteristics which distinguish him as an outstanding soldier.
“We just had a promotion board last week, and he was very humble when he gave his biography. He had just won the award and he didn’t even mention it. That’s how humble he is,” said Dukes, a native of Columbia, S.C.
Humility, coupled with a genuine desire to help his fellow soldier is just a few of the qualities that make Giuliani such a great soldier.
Spc. John Leslie is also a signal intelligence analyst with Company A, 303rd MI Bn. Leslie and Giuliani have been battle buddies their whole Army career starting in basic training. Leslie says Giuliani is the kind of guy you want as a friend.
“He’s an honest man. He’s very knowledgeable in just about everything when it comes to being a signal intelligence analyst,” said Leslie. “If I have a question, he almost always has the answer. If I’m down, he always knows how to cheer me up.”
When it came time to pick a candidate for the award, Dukes said he had no problem choosing. Dukes said he just looked out at his ranks and Giuliani was the first one that stood out as someone who should be submitted for the award.
“He acts like a noncommissioned officer. He is already training other soldiers how to do their job. Other NCO’s go to him for knowledge as well. He loves his job and it shows,” said Dukes.
Healy said that beyond being an intelligence professional and a superb soldier, he considers Giuliani a friend.
“Giuliani didn’t solve the intelligence gathering and data-basing problem because he is some technical genius,” said Healy. “Giuliani solved the problem because he took the initiative and had the drive to make it work.”
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