Harnett County Army Reserve colonel awarded Legion of Merit
October 16, 2012
FORT BRAGG, N.C.--Col. Terry J. Byrd was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service and achievements as commander of 207th Digital Liaison Detachment here Oct. 6, 2012.
Byrd relinquished command to Col. Christopher Stockel during a separate event held here the same day, and welcomed retirement after 30-plus years of military service.
The Harnett County resident assumed command of the 207th on April 29, 2012, and extended in order to deploy with the team to Kandahar Afghanistan to command a border coordination center on the Afghan border with Pakistan.
Byrd's team was responsible for coordinating all near border operations, de-conflicting cross border incidents and facilitating cross border communications along 600 miles of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with the Pakistan military for the purpose of promoting stability along the border. Regional Command South recognized the team's efforts as having "created long lasting positive effects" along the border in the border in the RC's area of operation.
Other key assignments included commanding the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion (PS), Kinston North Carolina. The battalion consisted of more than 800 Army Reserve Soldiers and civilians with thirteen separate companies and detachments spread across eastern North Carolina. He spent the majority of his Army Reserve career in the 362nd Battalion serving as Platoon Leader 824th QM Co (AD), Company Commander 398th QM Co (HM) (GS), Battalion S3 and Battalion Executive Officer.
Col. Byrd, then Maj. Byrd, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 as a liaison officer and logistics officer with the 171st Area Support Group stationed in Tallil Air Base, Iraq. There he spearheaded the early establishment of Convoy Support Center Scania by planning and implementing combat service support operations in the base.
Byrd also served as a liaison officer and senior logistics representative to the Multinational Division Center South located in Babylon, Iraq. He worked in the division's G4 shop and coordinated direct and combat service support to the division and provided the initial logistics training to the first Iraqi Civil Defense Corps.