News: Ft. Bliss Soldiers recognized for accomplishments in Iraq
Story by Spc. Jessica Luhrs-Stabile
KIRKUK, Iraq - During an awards ceremony, on Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Kirkuk, Iraq, nearly 120 “Diamondback” Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-1 Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Armored Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas, were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Oct. 5.
Distinguished guests of this event included Col. Patricia Sellers, commander of 1-1 STB; Lt. Col. Benjamin Di Maggio, executive officer of 1-1 AATF; Command Sergeant Maj. James P. Daniels, command sergeant major of 1-1 AATF and Command Sgt. Maj. Dana Mason, Jr., 1-1 STB command sergeant major.
Before pinning the soldiers with their awards Col. Sellers spoke to the Diamondbacks about how proud she is for what they have accomplished since deploying to Kirkuk in November of 2009.
“Diamondbacks you have done a great job serving your country and today we honor your accomplishments,” she said. “All of you have a lot to be proud of this has been an outstanding mission accomplishment.”
The ceremony began with Lt. Col. Di Maggio and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniels recognizing five outstanding Soldiers for their accomplishments by personally pinning the Soldiers with their awards.
The five recognized were Capt. John Lee, chaplain, who received the Bronze Star Medal; 1st Lt. Adam Ramos, who also received the Bronze Star Medal; Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barron, who received the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge; Sgt. Jonathan Cameron; who received the Army Commendation Medal and Spc. Erick Correa, who was also awarded with the Army Commendation Medal.
After these soldiers were recognized 20 Diamondbacks were awarded the Bronze Star Medal, 2 the Meritorious Service Medal, 67 the Army Commendation Medal, 12 the Army Achievement Medal and 18 the Combat Action Badge for being engaged by the enemy.
Command Sergeant Major Daniels also took a moment to thank and congratulate the Diamondbacks.
“Thank you for all you have done during this deployment,” he said. “Now that we are getting ready to go home remember to take care of one another and stay safe you have done a great job.”