Career Counselor Award Winner
Sgt. Maj. Sam Shiraishi, senior command career counselor, 8th Army; Staff Sgt. Daniel Radebaugh, career counselor of the year, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Martino, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, pose for a group photo after the INSCOM's Career Counselor of the Year recognition ceremony, Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Jan. 8. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Kurt Van Slooten, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs.) VIEW ORIGINAL

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea -- The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) presented the fiscal year 2020 Career Counselor of the Year Award during a ceremony at the 501st Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade headquarters, Jan. 8.

With the pandemic forcing the Army to focus on being more dynamic and creative in conducting business, this year's competition was virtually based and structured to allow the awards panel members to better assess the competitors, despite not utilizing the traditional face-to-face boarding process.

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Martino, 501st MI Brigade command sergeant major, and Sgt. Maj. Sam Shiraishi, 8th Army senior command career counselor, made presentations to the INSCOM 2020 Career Counselor of the Year Staff Sgt. Daniel Radebaugh, for his outstanding accomplishments representing the 501st MI Brigade.

Sgt. Maj. Jack Ryan, INSCOM command career counselor, congratulated Radebaugh and Staff Sgt. Courtney Maligranda, 704th MI Brigade command career counselor, for having the best programs in the command representing their brigades with distinction and professionalism. Their flexibility and professionalism throughout the competition were commendable.

Martino presented Radebaugh with an Army Commendation Medal signed by Maj. Gen. Gary Johnston, INSCOM commanding general, and Shiraishi presented him with the CCOY trophy.

“The environment that this leadership has created is both professional and proficient, and I am proud to represent this organization,” Radebaugh said. “I would like to give a special thanks to Sergeant First Class Burns (501st MI Brigade career counselor) for being an amazing mentor and to the 3d MI Battalion for the constant support since the day I arrived in Korea. Most importantly, I would like to thank the Soldiers of the 501st."

Ryan encourages all INSCOM career counselors to compete in next year’s competition.

"The retention of high-quality INSCOM Soldiers is critical as INSCOM strives to maintain force strength to support ongoing operations around the globe," Ryan added. "Each of the two young leaders competing for the award stepped out of their comfort zones to undergo a series of questioning and essays that tested their regulatory and applicable knowledge of the Army retention program."