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I Own This: June 2020 Nominees

| July 9, 2020

PS Magazine’s I Own This campaign is designed to recognize Soldiers and Marines who exemplify the highest standards of care for their assigned vehicles and equipment and contribute in meaningful ways to their unit(s) overall maintenance and supply posture. In short, they live and breathe readiness.
 
In our inaugural month, we had seven Soldiers nominated for this program. All are deserving of this recognition. One was selected at random to get the spotlight placed on them. This month, that Soldier is SPC Woo J. Bae.
 
Spotlight Profile

SPC Woo J. Bae
Army/Active
125th Forward Support Company, 1-94 FAR, Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM), WA

Nominated by: CW2 Willie Trappier
 
How did you come to know/observe the nominee's actions? I came to observe SPC Bae's actions during a battalion evaluation and HIMARS gunnery event in December 2019 and recently during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Why does this individual deserve recognition? SPC Bae was instrumental in completing over 20 work orders in seven days to ensure his supported firing battery was able to complete its mission. Also, once the health protection condition (HPCON) measures at JBLM for the pandemic were reduced, SPC Bae helped decrease our overdue services by more than 60%. He also installed over 50, 02-priority parts to regenerate combat power.      
 
Any additional comments? As a wheeled vehicle mechanic (91B), SPC Bae's knowledge and willingness to complete all assigned missions to the best of his abilities separate him from his peers.       
 
Also nominated...

Soldier's Name:                SPC Dillon H Brown         
Unit:                                   HHC, 84th Engineer Battalion, Schofield Barracks, HI
Position/Title:                    S3 (Operations) Vehicle Driver  
Component:                      Army/Active     
NSN or End Item:              2320-01-346-9317 / Truck, Utility (HMMWV)
Nominated by:                  1LT Megan Rogers
Justification:                     SPC Brown deserves recognition because he cares about the status of the vehicles/equipment within his section. His attention to detail ensures timely PMCS and dispatch completion. More specifically, he is extremely knowledgeable about the status of the vehicles within the section and always provides updates on parts installation/current issues. His information is frequent and reliable. He deserves recognition not only for his dedication, but in order to inspire other Soldiers. I believe his recognition will encourage his peers to follow his lead and take pride in the company's maintenance program.                
Soldier's Name:               SGT Jay Chadwell            
Unit:                                  Forward Support Company, 120th Engineer Battalion, Broken Arrow, OK
Position/Title                    91B/Surface Maintenance Mechanic      
Component:                     Army National Guard    
NSN or End Item:            Wheeled Vehicles          
Nominated by:                 WO1 Thomas Christian
Justification:                   SGT Chadwell performed multiple repairs across a wide variety of equipment, including, but not limited to: electric system repairs, hydraulic system repairs, mechanical repairs, hydrostatic system repairs, and complex diagnostics. He also demonstrated an attitude of care and respect for all of the Army's equipment. He is the most detail-oriented mechanic that I know.       
Soldier's Name:               SPC Justin M Ferguson
Unit:                                  D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, Fort Bragg, NC
Position/Title:                  Computer/Detection Systems Repairer (94F)     
Component:                     Army/Active     
NSN or End Item:            Night Vision Devices
Nominated by:                 WO1 Matthew Swift
Justification:                    During 1/82nd no-notice immediate response force deployment, SPC Ferguson was the only Soldier in the entire brigade able to repair night vision devices. Without being told, he not only maintained his own battalion’s devices but also those of seven other battalions, enabling the entire brigade to “own the night.” As his supervisor, I’ve never had to tell him what to do. He has the most initiative of any junior Soldier I’ve worked with. He puts out quality work and solves complex problems that others cannot. 
Soldier's Name:              SFC Enrique Irby        
Unit:                                 71st Troop Command, Austin, TX
Position/Title:                 Senior Supply Sergeant
Component:                    Army National Guard
NSN or End Item:           Supply Management
Nominated by:                LTC Jeremy Magruder
Justification:                  SFC Irby is a respected and committed logistician, dedicated to supporting the force.  His knowledge, patience, and passion for equipment readiness is unmatched.  His tradecraft and knowledge is second-to-none. He is a highly-effective communicator and listener.  He is hard working and committed to the team's mission. He inspires success in others. He's the kind of Soldier everyone wants on their team. Countless peers have commented on his abilities, intellect and drive to succeed.
Soldier's Name:             SGT Peyton A Peters     
Unit:                                Detachment 1, B Co., 2-149 General Support Aviation Battalion, Lexington, OK
Position/Title:                Flight Engineer
Component:                  Army National Guard
NSN or End Item:         CH-47F 
Nominated by:              CW3 Jason D. Harkey
Justification:                SGT Peters' attention to detail and pride in ownership is readily apparent in the outstanding condition of his assigned aircraft. His aircraft is the "pride of the B Co fleet" and is often used for static display purposes and always called upon for critical missions. SGT Peters views his equipment as an extension of his own reputation, and ensures that it reflects the high standards that he holds for himself. Additionally, SGT Peters always takes the initiative to mentor less experienced mechanics while conducting maintenance tasks, placing emphasis on preventative maintenance practices and the importance of proper procedures and documentation.       
Soldier’s Name:           SSG Ricky D Tipton Jr.     
Unit:                              Alpha Troop, 3-3 Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Hood, TX
Position/Title:              Maintenance Advisor
Component:                Army/Active
NSN or End Item:        2355-01-582-6466 / Mine Resistant Vehicle
Nominated by:            CPT Michael Pasque
Justification:              SSG Tipton recently returned from Afghanistan, where he greatly improved counterpart Afghan National Army maintenance programs. He provided hands-on knowledge and expertise to greatly improve maintenance processing. He deserves recognition for these efforts and the results he produced and continues to produce every day.      
    
To learn more about nominating a Soldier or Marine for this recognition, read the article HERE
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