U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards Afghanistan District-North employees for meritorious service
July 12, 2011
KABUL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North celebrated the accomplishments and meritorious service of military service members and civilians during an award ceremony held at the AED-North Qalaa House Compound, July 3.
Awards were given in four different categories:
1) The Achievement Award for Civilian Service, Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Department of Defense Medal and NATO Medal;
2) The Commander's Award for Civilian Service, Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Department of Defense Medal and NATO Medal;
3) The Superior Civilian Service Award, Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Department of Defense Medal and NATO Medal;
4) The Joint Service Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal
The recipients of the Achievement Award for Civilian Service, Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Department of Defense Medal and NATO Medal are:
Timothy Anderson, Europe District
Timothy Anderson served as an engineering technician from Jan. 30 to July 10, 2011. Mr. Anderson provided exceptional training throughout Northern and Eastern Afghanistan, to over 1,250 USACE employees and contractors teaching them the fundamentals of construction in Afghanistan.
Robert Ramos, Europe District
Robert Ramos served as a resident and office engineer from Jan. 30 to July 17, 2011. Mr. Ramos managed over $100 million in military cconstruction contracts. His leadership and Management skills helped the initiation and completion of modifications on contracts throughout the Mazar-E Sharif area Office.
Jeff Ross, Nashville District
Jeff Ross served as a program manager from Jan. 9 to July 17, 2011. Mr. Ross managed roads and bridge projects totaling over $250 million while maintaining excellent working relationships with the Joint Program Integration Office, Regional Commands, district staff and field offices.
The recipients of the Commander's Award for Civilian Service, Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Department of Defense Medal and NATO Medal are:
Tom Hale, Nashville District
Tom Hale served as a program manager from Jan. 16 to July 17, 2011. Mr. Hale supervised a branch responsible for developing and executing a wide variety of service and facility contracts providing security, ground and air transportation, billeting, food service, facility improvement, and all services to support AED-North employees.
Elizabeth Chien, Seattle District, Seattle Wash.
Elizabeth Chien served as the deputy division chief for operations and maintenance from Feb. 9, 2009 to July 19, 2011 Ms. Chien consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership, supervision, and management expertise that significantly contributed to overall program success. She led a multi-disciplinary team to successfully execute a $250 million O&M;program involving construction of over 120 small projects and operations and maintenance at 384 Afghanistan national Security Forces installations.
The recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal is:
Spec. Joseph Sowell, Tulsa, Okla.
Spec. Joseph Sowell, a native of Tulsa, served as a mine resistant ambush protected crew member from Aug. 25, 2010 to July 13, 2011. The skill and tireless efforts of Spec. Sowell resulted in the safe movement and execution of over 120 combat missions as a lead driver and gunner with the Jalalabad Area Office.
Corps of Engineers is the primary organization building army bases, police stations, roads, airstrips and other infrastructure projects in Afghanistan to increase the country's stability and economy. The Corps of Engineers has two districts in the country - Afghanistan Engineer District-North, which is based in Kabul; and Afghanistan Engineer District-South, which is based in Kandahar.