• He translated the U.S. Army pre-jump procedures into Spanish for the Spanish Airborne forces, ensuring team integrity and safety.
  • He possesses exceptional marksmanship skills with the M240L machine gun.
  • As a dedicated team leader, he invested significant effort into mentoring new machine gunners, conducting crew rehearsals, and maintaining weapons.
  • He mentored junior Privates in the platoon, familiarizing them with the M-240B machine gun in case they needed to assume that role.
  • He actively participated in rotations to PTA and NTC, and completed a 15-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • He played an integral role in his crew achieving the highest qualification score during Bradley Qualification Table VI, earning the prestigious 337th BEB Top Gun award.
  • He provided training to platoon members on M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle operations, the Mark-19, and communication equipment.
  • Demonstrating superior knowledge of the operation and maintenance of the M60 machine gun, he proved to be a valuable asset to the team.
  • He consistently displayed exceptional motivation and reliability as a gunner in the platoon.
  • He exhibited extraordinary situational awareness and tactical knowledge well beyond his rank.
  • He possessed an exceptional understanding of all assigned weapon systems and shared his knowledge with fellow Paratroopers, significantly enhancing the platoon’s combat effectiveness.
  • He diligently followed practical COIN (Counterinsurgency) tactics and procedures on a daily basis, prioritizing team safety.
  • His motivation and expertise with the platoon’s mine roller and mine plow contributed to their first-place victory in the battalion competition.
  • He was fully dedicated to his assigned duties, displaying attention to detail, enthusiasm, and an indomitable spirit that inspired his peers.
  • He successfully completed over 100 high-risk convoy security missions, covering more than 8,000 miles across the most dangerous provinces of Iraq.
  • He demonstrated leadership by identifying insurgent threats during the unit’s rotation to the Fort Irwin National Training Center.
  • Due to his excellent performance in close quarters combat (CQB), he was selected to train an entire platoon on basic MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) and CQB operations.
  • He volunteered his personal time to assist three PMT 7 Soldiers in passing their APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test), with all three exceeding the Army standard by over thirty points.
  • He contributed to the success of 110 Quick Reaction Force missions, consistently maintaining a state of preparedness.
  • As part of the Convoy Escort Team, he provided safe passage for civilian trucks from Camp Virginia, Kuwait to Camp Cedar, Iraq.
  • With his experience and enthusiasm, he was capable of assuming any position within the squad.
  • He displayed exemplary skills as a 240B Gunner at the Camp Nathan Smith shooting range.
  • He safely escorted over 200 vehicles through the most challenging and contested regions of Southern Afghanistan.
  • SSG Smith’s exceptional performance and support throughout several exercises have been of immeasurable service to the 22nd IBCT.
  • He completed critical missions with minimal guidance from superiors, showcasing his expertise as the most experienced gunner.
  • Operating outside his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), he assumed the roles of Gunner and Truck Commander on numerous occasions.
  • In his role as the in-charge of the camp’s vehicle entry gate, he maintained strict accountability of all movements into the facility.
  • He provided 24-hour security at the Bani Rabia Range, enabling Alpha and Charlie Battery to successfully complete Table VIII training.
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