Sgt. 1st Class Jaime M. Castro, Field Artillery noncommissioned officer assigned to the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) is recognized for his selection of the annual Edmund L. Gruber Award Competition at Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii, August 27, 2018.

This award recognizes one Field Artillery Soldier a year for outstanding individual thought, innovation and overall excellence that results in significant contributions to the Field Artillery's warfighting capabilities.

Command Sgt. Major Berk Parsons, Field Artillery Command Sgt. of the Army recognized Sgt. 1st Class Jaime M. Castro at a gathering with Soldiers from the 5th BCD (Castro's unit), U.S. Army Pacific.

"To be recognized by the entire Field Artillery branch is a significant accomplishment," said Parsons. "I am proud to have senior noncommissioned officers like Sgt. 1st Class Castro in our field."

Castro worked directly with Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) Field Support Representatives (FSRs) to improve the functionality and capability of the AFATDS software that will be incorporated in future versions.

"I love my job, so giving 100 percent is exciting for me," said Castro. "Any time I step into an exercise I try to find ways to improve and streamline systems. It is what we should all be doing."

The Gruber Award is named after a noted Field Artillery Officer, Brigadier General Edmund L. Gruber, who as a first lieutenant in 1908 composed the "Caisson Song" which was later adapted to the "Army Song" in 1952.