By By Gregory Ripps, 470th Military Intelligence BrigadeAugust 31, 2011
U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) has honored a 204th Military Intelligence Battalion imagery analyst and standardization instructor with the Commander's Plaque for Operational Achievement.
Sgt. Joshua Bremerman received the prestigious plaque at INSCOM headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., on July 21. The award is presented to an INSCOM team member who serves in a non-supervisory capacity and has made the single greatest contribution to the operational effectiveness of INSCOM. Level of achievement must have been equivalent to that required of the Meritorious Service Medal.
As a standardization instructor, Bremerman conducts qualification and refresher training for nonrated crew members of DHC-7 aircraft flown to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.
"Nonrated crew members are individuals -- other than aviators who perform duties aboard an aircraft -- who are essential to the operation of the aircraft," Bremerman pointed out.
The standardization instructor ensures crew members progress to their appropriate readiness level. He also acquires the training and the ability to train others within Central Command's, Southern Command's and Northern Command's respective areas of operation.
Bremerman joined the Army in June 2007, following in the footsteps of his father, sister and brother, who joined U.S. military service before him. Upon Bremerman's graduation from the imagery analyst course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., he received assignment to the 204th MI Battalion, which is based at Fort Bliss, Texas. Since then he deployed four times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation New Dawn.
In the last half of 2010, Bremerman flew 408 missions aboard an Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Multifunctional platform -- an aircraft with multiple intelligence capabilities, including the means of capturing images to produce full-motion video (FMV) data and other imagery-derived products (IDPs).
"FMV data is the video that you see and the product you build to paint an overall picture," Bremerman explained. "An IDP is what is created to build a structured timeline of events or a direct purpose for one image."
FMV analysts are responsible for all activity they capture on their sensors.
"If your customer asks for patterns of life, then it will be your job to paint the overall picture of activity observed," Bremerman continued. "Our main purpose is to save lives of Soldiers; we call out the potential hazards."
After obtaining imagery of areas on the ground, Bremerman analyzed it, produced imagery-derived products, and provided initial phase and supplemental imagery reports for real-world targets. Consequently, he was instrumental in the dissemination of more than 100 images to Joint Task Force commanders.
Bremerman also supported Operation Hunter Sentry, an ISR mission involving the Department of Homeland Security, Joint Task Force North and the 204th MI Battalion.
"I am very honored to be receiving this award," Bremerman said of the commander's plaque. "But an operational achievement is marked by the caliber of Soldiers that the 204th produces. I may have been recognized as the recipient, but it is the entire battalion whose dedication and work ethic drives this mission."