JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.— The 597th Transportation Brigade recognized three exemplary Rapid Support Soldiers during an award ceremony here June 24.
U.S. Navy Lt. Robert (Tristan) White, Operations Officer and Acting Chief of Operations, was recognized for his work in tracking Covid cases for the brigade and for his role as a liaison with Joint Base Langley-Eustis garrison.
Sgt. First Class Terri Francois, Brigade NCOIC/Training Readiness and Sgt. Yoana Garciarubio, S3 Training Readiness NCO, were recognized for their exemplary work for coordination and execution of the 597th Transportation Brigade NCO / Soldier of the Quarter Competition.
The Army Achievement Medal can be awarded to members of the Armed Forces serving in an official Army capacity. First established in 1981, the medal is designated specifically for meritorious service or achievement in a non-combat setting. It is the only branch to award an achievement medal strictly for non-combat performance with no option of including a “V” for “valor.”
The 597th Transportation Brigade is a part of the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, responsible for integrating and synchronizing surface deployment and distribution capabilities in the Continental U.S, deploying and sustaining the Armed Forces off the East and Gulf coasts in support of global operations and U.S. Southern Command.
Additionally, the command stands ready to provide surface rapid port opening capabilities via the Army’s only three Rapid Port Opening Elements in support of its global Joint Task Force Port Opening mission.