CECOM logistician named AMC LAR of the Year
January 24, 2014
Fort Hood, Texas- Gregory J. Garduno was presented the 2012 U.S. Army Materiel Command's Robertson J. Short Logistics Assistance Representative of the Year Award, Jan. 7, for his outstanding achievement, dedication, and performance as a LAR.
A former Army radar repairer, Garduno has been serving as a CECOM Sensor LAR supporting Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Radar Systems for the 4TH Brigade Combat Team of the 1ST Calvary Division at Fort Hood, Texas, since 2010.
"I am very honored to receive this distinguished award," said Garduno upon receiving the commendation. "I strive to support the warfighter because they are the real heroes."
The award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement and support in the Logistics Assistance Program. LAR technicians embed with deployed units to provide guidance on weapons systems, equipment, and logistics problems.
Lloyd D. Hayslip, regional technical assistance manager for CECOM at Fort Hood, spoke highly of Garduno as an employee.
"Garduno is an exceptional LAR who goes above and beyond the call [of duty] every day, supporting Soldiers and keeping supported equipment at near 100 percent readiness," said Hayslip. "He is extremely dedicated, possesses a solid work ethic and has earned the highest levels of respect from his supervisors and peers. Garduno is a model team player who totally supports all aspects of the LAP."
Garduno deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. During his deployment, he provided technical expertise in support of radar systems for the Kuwait area of operations, as well as assisting the Jordanian Armed Forces through an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement to repair their radars. "These radars were non-mission capable for nearly 10 years and through Greg's expertise they are now able to acquire live artillery fire," said Hayslip.
He has also been deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq, during his service at CECOM.
"After working with a LAR during a deployment, I realized this is the job for me. I enjoy my job and get a sense of accomplishment every time I can help a Soldier accomplish their mission," said Garduno.
Hayslip went on to discuss Garduno's commitment to the warfighter.
"Mr. Garduno continuously provides superb logistical and technical support to the Soldiers who maintain the complex systems under his skill set. His knowledge of employing radars was sought out by commanders and his technical skills at training Soldiers to repair them were sought out by technical warrant officers. Mr. Garduno was very successful at supporting his units at all times resulting in no time loss to missions and exercises."
AMC initiated this award in 1985 to recognize and reward LAR excellence in the field. In 1988, AMC named the award in honor of former Army Missile Command LAR Robertson J. Short, for his meritorious contributions to the LAP. Short embodied the characteristics of dedication, commitment, selfless service, and honor.
Criteria for being eligible to receive the award includes outstanding logistics and technical support with favorably impacted Army readiness; successfully contributing improvements to Army operations such as cost avoidance and savings initiatives; support during contingencies and training exercises; and participation in self-improvement activities.