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Would you stake your life, right now, on the condition of your equipment?
NEWS | Feb. 3, 2023

I Own This: January 2023 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.

For January 2023, one (1) Warfighter was nominated for this program: SPC Franklin Rauhofer, Army National Guard, New York.
Spotlight Profile
SPC Franklin Rauhofer, C-CO, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, NY NG
SPC Rauhofer (facing forward) training other Soldiers
SPC Franklin Rauhofer
Army/National Guard
Tactical Power Generation Specialist
C-CO, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB)
 Yonkers, NY
Nominated by: 2LT Ian Gallagher

How you came to know/observe the nominee's actions? I'm SPC Rauhofer's platoon leader. I observe Frank's duties while at drill and during missions.
Why does this individual deserve recognition?  SPC Rauhofer has served in the 101st ESB for 16 years, including one OCONUS deployment and an extended CONUS deployment in response to COVID-19. He has been known to pull the unit out of tough situations on several occasions. He has repeatedly gone above and beyond the call of duty to repair equipment and ensure mission success. On one occasion, while everyone else was sleeping for the night, SPC Rauhofer took it upon himself to go to the motor pool with fellow soldiers to identify an issue with a HMMWV radio mount that was supposed to be utilized for an important RETRANS mission the following day. Without being asked, he identified the issue and proceeded to work through the night to resolve it so that the mission could take place the next day. He is our go-to subject matter expert to conduct training on generators or military driver’s training. He's never backed down from a challenge and is the epitome of a role model to his leadership and fellow soldiers.

Additional Comments: It's heartening and rewarding when you find a Soldier that stands out among the rest. Regardless of the situation, SPC Rauhofer shows up and gets the job done. Not only is he hard-working, but he's extremely intelligent and knows absolutely everything one could know about a motor. He motivates his peers, does his research and is a true Soldier’s Soldier. SPC Rauhofer is an absolute honor to lead and an honor to have in the 101st ESB.
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