402nd FA supply sergeant earns multiple accolades
April 16, 2013
FORT BLISS, Texas -- Tight budgets have always been a challenge for supply sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Gidget Borst, but the awards and commendations she has received show that she only exceeds limits when it comes to accomplishments.
Borst, a member of 2nd Battalion, 362nd Field Artillery Regiment, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, Division West, received a commendable rating from Fort Bliss Mission Installation Contracting Command representatives after they inspected the battalion's government purchase card program in March 2013. Borst also received a commendable rating for meeting the highest standards for a logistics section after the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade's annual inspection of the battalion in November 2012.
"We heavily rely on her efforts to forecast the needs of not only our battalion, but also to meet the needs of the elements that are deploying into harm's way," said Lt. Col. Kenneth Jones, commander of 2nd Battalion, 362nd Field Artillery Regiment. "Borst's success in maintaining our logistics posture definitely makes accomplishing our mission easier."
The battalion supports the 402nd Field Artillery Brigade in training mobilizing and demobilizing Army National Guard and Army Reserve units here. Borst ensures those Soldiers, plus her battalion's Soldiers, have everything they need, from basic stationery supplies to dry erase boards with accessories.
Throughout her career of more than 20 years, Borst also has been recognized for her leadership abilities. Most recently, she received the U.S. Forces Command's Maj. Gen. Aubrey "Red" Newman Award in February. The award recognizes junior officers and senior NCOs who have demonstrated excellent leadership skills in mentoring, developing and counseling subordinates.
In December 2012, Borst was inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, an honorary society of the U.S. artillery branches, for her contribution to the betterment of the Army air defense and field artillery.
Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Spinks, the battalion's senior enlisted advisor, also praised Borst for going above and beyond, including working late nights and weekends, to get the job done.
"Borst is the epitome of what this Army needs in noncommissioned officers -- leadership, responsibility and ability to properly train Soldiers the right way, the first time," Spinks said.