Staff Sgt. Antonio Alvarado chats with local Iraqis during a patrol through the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad, Aug. 10. Staff Sgt. Alvarado is attached to Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Gen. Richard A. Cody said Staff Sgt. Alvarado and others like him are the Army's best ever.