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    Marine Corps Sergeant awarded for bringing new capabilities to MAG-12

    Marine Corps Sergeant awarded for bringing new capabilities to MAG-12

    Photo By Cpl. Tyler Harmon | U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Issiaah Green, a data systems administrator with Marine...... read more read more



    Story by Cpl. Tyler Harmon 

    1st Marine Aircraft Wing   

    MCAS IWAKUNI, Japan - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Issiaah Green, Woodbridge, a Virginia-native and a data systems administrator with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) for his impact on unit readiness by establishing bilateral secured networks for the group, broadening the unit’s secret communication capabilities, and enabling the use of logistic chain systems in deployed environments.
    Green worked as MAG-12’s network chief, a billet typically assigned to staff noncommissioned officers, from 15 October to 30 November 2022. His direct support to the Marine Corps’ only permanent, forward deployed 5th generation aircraft unit led to the reestablishment of key capabilities for the group. Those included the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIX) Japan and reimplementation of Autonomic Logistics Information Systems (ALIS) in deployed environments.
    CENTRIX Japan is a classified network that can pass information from MAG-12 Marines to the Japan Self-Defense Force, streamlining bilateral operations, said Capt. Favian Villalobos, communications officer for MAG-12.
    While coordinating the implementation of CENTRIX Japan, Green took the initiative to also create new standard operating procedures for granting MAG-12 and subordinate squadrons access to the network. Green simultaneously worked on connecting ALIS to Marine Corps systems during this time, added Villalobos.
    “This authorized the software system for the F-35B to be connected to the Marine Corps network, adding another layer of security and connectivity from tactical and commercial communication systems,” said Villalobos. “This proof-of-concept will lead towards deploying ALIS with fully operational usage within austere environments.”
    Enabling ALIS, the backbone of the Joint Strike Fighter logistics system, to become forward-deployable will allow Marines to sustain the F-35B Lightning II aircraft during expeditionary advanced base operations.
    “It feels good that I helped give the unit such huge capabilities,” Green said. “I think that having ALIS readily available anywhere will keep the jets up and ultimately keep us ready in the future fight.”
    Green has built his skills in the Marine Corps over the span of five years with three units, including aboard the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
    “Green is someone who likes to stay busy and seeks new challenges. He is eager to fill a staff noncommissioned officer billet,” Villalobos said. “His best attributes are his open mindedness and willingness to learn new things. Our environment, the Indo-Pacific, requires us to be open-minded and think outside of the box, like Green.”
    The Woodbridge-native encompasses the whole Marine concept. Green maintains a high level of physical fitness, scoring a high first class on his physical fitness and combat fitness tests. While deployed on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, he earned his Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) instructor tab and takes pride in being a MCMAP Instructor, believing the program creates a well-balanced Marine.
    “I enjoy instructing Marines in MCMAP, as well as teaching them techniques that can be applied to defend themselves,” Green said. “I also think it is important because it makes Marines more competitive and reinforces the mental, physical, and spiritual pillars Marines need to be able to do their job well and stay in the fight.”
    Prior to his Marine Corps career, Green enjoyed many sports like football, track and field, swimming, and wrestling. He attributes his success to his athletic career at Potomac Senior High School, where his physical capability and competitive nature carried over into the Corps. Green’s biggest influence was Rodney Harris, a teacher at Potomac Senior High School and retired a Master Gunnery Sgt.
    “I always knew I wanted to join the military ever since I was in middle school,” Green said as he reminisced about what influenced him decision to join. “The defining factors that made me want to join the military was ultimately my family and mentors from high school. Mr. Harris told me not to believe everything I heard about the Marine Corps and to make it my own experience.”
    Sgt. Green continues to make the most of his career by attending advanced professional military education courses to broaden his skillset and teaching other Marines. He continually strives to better himself and embody the whole Marine concept.



    Date Taken: 05.23.2023
    Date Posted: 05.25.2023 04:26
    Story ID: 445280
    Hometown: WOODBRIDGE, VA, US

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