Alaska guardsman named Missile Defense Defender of the Month
September 30, 2011
FORT GREELY, Alaska -- An Alaska Army National Guardsman from the 49th Ground Missile Defense Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, was named Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance Defender of the Month.
Staff Sgt. Craig Davis, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Charlie Crew, weapons operator and lead non-commissioned officer in charge for the Fire Direction Center, was nominated and selected as the Defender of the Month in June.
To compete, a missile defense Soldier has to be nominated, have a packet put together and submitted to the Missile Defense Alliance Agency.
The MDAA is a non-profit organization that seeks to generate public support for the continued testing, development and deployment of missile defense systems to protect the United States and its allies and to educate the general public with respect to missile defense issues and the urgent need for it.
Due to his outstanding leadership and can-do spirit Davis was nominated by his superiors, and his packet and biography was sent forward for possible selection.
"Staff Sgt. Davis was nominated for the award because of his high level of work ethic and high degree of professionalism in working with the Fire Direction Center crews," said Lt. Col. Joe Miley, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, commander. "When I took command, I appointed a non-commissioned officer-in-charge to take care of business out there with the fire direction crews. It's absolutely amazing what he's accomplished. Davis has set the standard for space and missile command, ensuring that everyone earns the Army Space Badge. He started with the NCOs, and the officers soon followed. The battalion is now leading the way in space and missile defense and it's all based on Staff Sgt. Davis' efforts."
Davis will now compete against all of the MDAA Defenders of the Month for the title of Defender of the Year.
The Missile Defender of the Year is awarded to the best U.S. missile defense Soldier, sailor, airman and National Guardsman for the year.
"When I was told I had been nominated by the chain of command here for the Defender of the Month, I didn't really know too much about the award, my packet was submitted and I was lucky enough to win for the month of June," Davis said. "I think it's an awesome opportunity to compete for the title of Defender of the Year. MDAA flies all of the defenders of the year from all three of the space missile defense sites to the ceremony to announce the winner."
Davis said that it's imperative for Soldiers to continue to strive toward success.
"If you want to be nominated for the MDAA Defender of the Month, then don't stop working. Complete your Intro to Space and Space 200 courses and work on getting your college degree," Davis said. "There are great opportunities in the 49th Ground Missile Defense Battalion if you take advantage of them, don't just sit out on crew, keep everything going."
Davis will be flown to Alexandria, Va., in January for the Defender of the Year awards ceremony.