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 four (4) 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 individual is PFC Kjerrick A. Stephenson.
PFC Kjerrick A. Stephenson
M2A3 Infantry Bradley Fighting Vehicle Driver
C Co, 1-68 AR, 3rd BCT, 4ID, Poland
Nominated by: 1SG Colten Santos
How did you come to know/observe the nominee's actions? PFC Stephenson has always carried himself as a quiet professional. He is constantly working on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) alongside his crew. PFC Stephenson has a keen eye for discovering the slightest deficiency on his vehicle, and works solutions to the issues without hesitation. I first noticed PFC Stephenson when I took over as the 1SG and performed an initial inspection of the vehicles. His vehicle remains the most battle-ready and is the standard bearer of this company.
Why does this individual deserve recognition? I would like to reward this Soldier for his outstanding progress over the past year. He is a trailblazer for the other BFV drivers of the company in regards to vehicle operational status, cleanliness and overall functionality. I never have to correct deficiencies for his BFV. This unit has benefited tremendously from PFC Stephenson's work and dedication.
Any additional comments? SSG Suarez deserves honorable mention for developing this Soldier.
Warfighter's Name: CW3 Andrew J. Anderson
Unit: B Co 1-171 (Det 1), St Cloud, MN
Position/Title: Instructor Pilot
Component: Army/National Guard
NSN or End Item: 1520-01-457-5179
Nominated by: CW3 Christopher A. Slavin
Justification: CW3 Anderson works tirelessly to upkeep and maintain equipment to the highest standards without seeking recognition. He also mentors junior mechanics and aviators on proper maintenance procedures and required documentation.
Warfighter's Name: SGT Tommy L. Bryan
Unit: D CO, 3-227TH AHB, MK Airbase, Romania
Position/Title: Aircraft Electrician Supervisor
NSN or End Item: UH-60M Black Hawk
Nominated by: SSG Amanda Settles
Justification: SGT Bryan troubleshoots and maintains 23 UH-60M Black Hawks for 3-227th Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) at MK Airbase, Romania, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Additionally, he serves as the section sergeant for the avionics section for ten Soldiers in three countries. His section consists of all newly-enlisted Soldiers, yet SGT Bryan ensures to train, supervise, and manage his section successfully. Recently, SGT Bryan was assigned two new PFCs to his section. He quickly incorporated them into the daily maintenance routine and transitioned them for success. The BN command leadership recently recognized SGT Bryan for troubleshooting a complex electrical fault. He was able to troubleshoot an aircraft that was modified numerous times with several different schematics. His experience and expertise enabled him to successfully resolve the fault and return the aircraft to FMC status. His professionalism and leadership have enabled the unit to support maintenance demands throughout this EUCOM rotation successfully. SGT Bryan is the epitome of Army leadership and SME for the Avionics/Electrical section.
Warighter's Name: SGT Jeremy R. Cuevas
Unit: E FSC, 6th BEB, 4-25 IBCT (ABN), JBER, AK
Position/Title: Construction Equipment Repairer
NSN or End Item: DEUCE DV-100
Nominated by: CPT Dakota Relford
Justification: SGT Cuevas has troubleshot, ordered parts and repaired over a dozen pacing items in 4-25 IBCT (ABN) over the past year. His ability to make quick and effective repairs has had a brigade-level impact on its R-rating. He has brought up six DV-100s, multiple loaders and three Type 1 HMEEs. He was instrumental in finding and inspecting two HMMWVs for a BDE EDRE within two hours. He is a valuable team player and he constantly teaches, coaches and mentors his paratroopers in his field maintenance team. Not only that, but he constantly assists and instructs paratroopers in other companies on how to properly PMCS and dispatch their vehicles during command maintenance.