News: Master at Arms Petty Officer 2nd Class Valentino honored with the Joint Service Commendation Medal
Story by Alicia Embrey
CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan - Master at Arms Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas J. Valentino, U.S. Navy, was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division commander Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre during an awards ceremony Sept. 26, 2013 at Engineer Village, Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Petty Officer Valentino was presented the medal in recognition for his exceptionally meritorious service while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Overseas Contingency Operation as a team member of the Force Protection Team, USACE Transatlantic Afghanistan District-North, from Nov. 9, 2012 to July 10, 2013 and the USACE Transatlantic Afghanistan District, July 11 to Oct. 18, 2013.
During his tenure, he executed more than 100 day and evening ground convoy missions traveling more than 300 miles in high-threat areas. He executed numerous personnel security detail missions in support of USACE’s $5 billion engineering and construction missions.
Petty Officer Valentino provided armed security for more than 60 air movement missions transporting more than 150 passengers and $600 million worth of sensitive equipment to 45 sites throughout Afghanistan. In addition he assisted with training emergency evacuation procedures for the District’s 385 personnel workforce. His individual efforts and can-do attitude provided a secure work environment.
Petty Officer Valentino also received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal during the ceremony.
Through his distinctive accomplishments, Petty Officer 2nd Class Valentino reflects great credit upon himself, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Navy.
The Joint Service Commendation Medal was authorized by the Secretary of Defense on 25 June 1963. It is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces of the U.S. who, after Jan. 1, 1963, distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement or service.
The NATO Medal is awarded to all U.S. Armed Forces’ personnel having served with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as members of units or staffs in the Joint Operations Area in the country. The area of eligibility is delineated by the political boundaries of the International Security Assistance Force. The service must be 30 days - either continuous or accumulated - from July 31, 2006, to a future date yet-to-be determined.
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal is awarded to Individuals that have served in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal period of eligibility is on or after Sept. 11, 2001 to a future date to be determined by the secretary of defense or the cessation of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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