NEWS | Feb. 4, 2021

I Own This: January 2021 Nominees

PS Magazine’s I Own This campaign is designed to recognize Warfighters of all services 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.
 
This month, we had five Warfighters 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 individual is SPC Michael Timms.
 
Spotlight Profile
 
SPC Timms in the motor pool
SPC Michael Timms
Army/Active
M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Operator
A Co, 10 Brigade Engineer BN, 1st Armored BDE Combat Team 
Camp Casey-Hovey, Korea
Nominated by: 1LTBrian Nickel

How did you come to know/observe the nominee's actions? SPC Timms set the standard for assuming responsibility of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. As a senior operator in the platoon, SPC Timms took the initiative to understand every aspect of the TMs for the hull and turret. If he reached a step of the PMCS he didn’t understand, he met with mechanics to be able to complete the job to standard. SPC Timms has ensured his vehicle is “Ready to Fight Tonight” during the unit's rotational deployment to the Republic of Korea.         
 
Why does this individual deserve recognition? SPC Timms exhibits the dedication and know-how necessary to advance the command maintenance program. He’s always willing to lend a hand to fellow operators and strives to maintain a ready and able fleet.

Additional comments? As part of the Roughneck Platoon, SPC Timms replaced over 200 track pads on the platoon's M2A3s to ensure they remained mission capable.  
 
Also Nominated...
 
Soldier's Name:       SSG Conner R. Frederick
Unit:                          E Co. 2-43 Air Defense Artillery, Iraq
Position/Title:          Motor Sergeant    
Component:             Army/Active       
NSN or End Item:    6115-01-374-5038
Nominated by:        Andrew Luce
Justification:          As the 401st AFSB Power & ECU (P&E) System Technical Representative (STR), I got to know SSG Frederick by providing logistical sustainment support for the Patriot Air Defense System. While deployed as motor sergeant with the 2/43 ADA, SSG Frederick has continuously shown true dedication to the combat readiness of his battalion. To that end, he worked outside of his MOS on the Patriot Air Defense System’s electrical power plant (EPP) and launcher station (which typically requires a special skill identifier C9 for 91Ds). He’s proven his dedication to mission readiness by making sure his battalion was ready for the fight. His vast experience and knowledge was a great asset in developing a course of action for how to mitigate the vibration problems that were causing premature radiator failures on the 15kW TQG generator set for the launcher station. SSG Frederick has earned the respect from many subject matter experts in the sustainment field. We’re very grateful for his optimistic attitude, his willingness to listen and learn, and all-out hard work.
Soldier's Name:        PFC Serrina I. Kilburn ​
Unit:                           554th Engineer Co., 92nd Engineer BN, Fort Stewart, GA
Position/Title:           CBRNE Cage Operator in Charge
Component:             Army/Active       
NSN or End Item:     Defense CBRNE Response Force (DCRF) commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment
Nominated by:         1SG Benjamin Bowman
Justification:           PFC Kilburn arrived at the unit less than four months ago and immediately took charge of the company's CBRNE cage. She never wavered, even under the challenge of filling a vacant NCO position. Within the first two days of arriving, PFC Kilburn took responsibility of the Company's CBRNE and Defense CBRNE Response Force (DCRF) commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment. She meticulously reorganized the unit's CBRNE cage, improving the unit's CBRNE processes and policies. PFC Kilburn recently took charge of laying out over $1 million of COTS equipment for a FORSCOM and HQDA inspection. Both FORSCOM and HQDA praised her for ensuring the inspection process flowed effortlessly. PFC Kilburn already displays the attributes of a great NCO. She takes pride and ownership of her equipment, just like it was her own.
Soldier's Name:       SGT Antonio L Magana
Unit:                          Weapons & Field Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego, Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, CA
Position/Title:           Disposition NCO   
Component:             Marines/Active       
NSN or End Item:    Small Arms
Nominated by:         SSgt Brian T. Greunke
Justification:           Assigned as the Disposition NCO, SGT Magana takes guidance well and uses it to accomplish the mission. He was tasked with beginning the disposition process for the battalion’s M9 service pistols. With over 200 service pistols assigned to the battalion, he physically inspected all of them, accurately capturing each condition code, in order to properly create the return service request in the Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps (GCSS-MC). He’s the go-to Marine for any ordnance-related questions within the Edson Range Armory. SGT Magana is a very smart Marine and he’s continuously refining procedures to better accomplish the battalion’s mission of training recruits.
Soldier's Name:       SGT Jameel N Zabadi ​
Unit:                          511th Dive Detachment, Fort Eustis, VA
Position/Title:          Motor Sergeant
Component:             Army/Active
NSN or End Item:     Wheeled Vehicles
Nominated by:         1LT Nicholas Swartz
Justification:           SGT Zabadi is the dive detachment's sole wheeled-vehicle mechanic. He always displays outstanding work and perseverance. The unit had a HMMWV recently transferred to it that was non-mission capable (NMC) for almost four (4) years. SGT Zabadi took on the NMC HMMWV as a challenge and didn't give up on troubleshooting it until he fixed it. He constantly operates above his rank and works with systems well above what a sergeant is usually asked to do.
 
To learn more about nominating a Warfighter for this recognition, read the article HERE