• Spc. Michael Rogers receives the Army Chief of Staff Coin during a handshake with Gen. Raymond Odierno on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Aug. 6, 2013. Rogers was recognized for his efficiency in refueling and rearming all aircraft of Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam on a nightly basis, during blackout conditions.

    Army Chief of Staff recognizes patriot soldiers

    Spc. Michael Rogers receives the Army Chief of Staff Coin during a handshake with Gen. Raymond Odierno on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, Aug. 6, 2013. Rogers was recognized for his efficiency in refueling and rearming all aircraft of...

  • Sgt. 1st Class William Cossins accepts a coin from Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, Aug. 6, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. Cossins accepted the honor on behalf of all the advisers in the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, who work in the 201st Afghan National Army Corps' Tactical Operations Center.

    Army Chief of Staff recognizes patriot soldiers

    Sgt. 1st Class William Cossins accepts a coin from Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, Aug. 6, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. Cossins accepted the honor on behalf of all the advisers in the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain...

  • Pfc. Elizabeth Adan receives the Army Chief of Staff Coin from Gen. Raymond Odierno, Aug. 6, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. Adan serves as a supply specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company Brigade, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, and was recognized for her efforts during the brigade's recent transfer of authority.

    Army Chief of Staff recognizes patriot soldiers

    Pfc. Elizabeth Adan receives the Army Chief of Staff Coin from Gen. Raymond Odierno, Aug. 6, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. Adan serves as a supply specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company Brigade, 4th Brigade, 10th...

  • Pfc. Omar Ross meets the Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, and receives his coin, Aug. 6, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. Ross serves as a combat medic at Forward Operating Base Tagab's Aid Station and was nominated for his efforts in caring for seven Afghan National Security Forces, and civilian casualties, injured by an improvised explosive device.

    Army Chief of Staff recognizes patriot soldiers

    Pfc. Omar Ross meets the Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, and receives his coin, Aug. 6, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan. Ross serves as a combat medic at Forward Operating Base Tagab's Aid Station and was nominated for...

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Aug. 13, 2013) -- It was a simple ceremony, but for eight soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, it was something they will be able to talk about for years.

During a visit to Forward Operating Base, or FOB, Gamberi, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno recognized their efforts by presenting them with his official coin.

In the military, service members are presented with a coin for performing an outstanding deed.

Spc. Christopher Ward developed an energy plan that will save the brigade an estimated $430,000 over the course of the deployment.

"That gives me a lot more motivation to keep doing what I'm doing," said Ward, a generator mechanic, Company G, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, "It makes it worthwhile knowing that it's appreciated, that people do see it, and they don't just take it for granted."

Ward also rebuilt multiple generators on both Gamberi and FOB Mehtar Lam.

"It was a really big honor," said Sgt. Scott Sayce, a native of Pembroke, Mass., operations sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. "For him to give his time and come see us here, it really means a lot."

Sayce received the symbol of appreciation for his service acting, not only as his company's operations sergeant, but also its armorer, clerk, and sometimes even its executive officer.

Spc. Mitchel David, 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Thunder, and Pfc. Omar Ross, a medic attached to 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Warrior, also received Odierno's coin.

David not only served as his battalion commander's gunner, but he is also, his unit's resident expert in the new Capability Set 13, the Army's new networked suite of individual Soldier devices designed to increase battlefield command and control. David trains many of his fellow battalion Soldiers on the suite.

Spc. Michael Rogers, a member of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, was honored by the chief of staff.

Rogers stood out for his efficiency in the the nightly refueling and rearming of all aircraft on FOB Mehtar Lam. FOB Methar Lam is a blackout FOB, which means that everything done at night is done without man-made light.

Pfc. Ross distinguished himself by stabilizing casualties after an improvised explosive device injured seven Afghan National Army Soldiers and civilians. Ross also assisted in getting the victims to a higher level of care.

Each Soldier was nominated by their peers and leaders to receive the chief of staff's coin.

Some of the Soldiers said they were only successful because of the people supporting them and accepted the symbol of appreciation, from Odierno, on behalf of the colleagues who nominated them.

"I was just lucky enough to be the recipient of a coin that I believe was for the efforts of a lot of people," said Sgt. 1st Class William Cossins, an advisor for the 201st Afghan National Army Corps Tactical Operations Center. "The pat on the back really felt good and I wanted to make sure that my guys knew that even though it was me standing there, the pat on the back was for all of us."

Supply specialists Sgt. Timothy Rogers of Task Force Warrior, and Pfc. Elizabeth Adan, a member of HHC, 4th BCT, 10th Mountain Division, were also recognized for their work in helping to facilitate Task Force Patriot's recent transfer of authority in Regional Command-East.

"Not a lot of people got a coin, and especially me, a Pfc., who hasn't even been in the Army a year," said Adan, a native of Orange County, Calif. "It feels pretty awesome. I don't know any other way to explain it.

Some of the Soldiers said the recognition inspired them to work toward even greater goals. Ward plans on applying to become a warrant officer once the deployment ends.

Odierno briefly met with the leadership on Gamberi after presenting the Soldiers their coins and reaffirmed his confidence in them and the rest of the Army.

"Today we're the best Army in the world," Odierno said. "Five years from now we'll be the best Army in the world."

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