Senior Scout

  • Selected to serve as the Senior Scout for a cavalry platoon, providing valuable assistance to the platoon sergeant in various platoon functions and missions as directed by the commander.

Section Sergeant

  • Demonstrated exceptional proficiency on all crew weapons systems, significantly contributing to the overall training and success of four soldiers during Unstabilized Gunnery Skills Testing.
  • Consistently sought after by platoon leadership for his highly proficient skills as an NCO, capable of accomplishing a wide range of tasks and missions.
  • Displayed impressive technical and tactical knowledge, earning the position of lead trainer for the troop dismount lanes.
  • Led with a stern but fair leadership style, resulting in the development of a strong, proficient, and confident scout section.
  • Provided direct leadership and mentoring, leading to the promotion of one of his soldiers from the rank of SGT to SSG.
  • Consistently demonstrated accuracy and timeliness in accomplishing all duties while prioritizing mission readiness.
  • Maintained 100% accountability of equipment worth $2 million during troop training exercises, scout gunnery, and a change of command.
  • Ensured strict adherence to Army and Post regulations, resulting in zero accidents or safety incidents during the rated period of training for his section.
  • Always prioritized mission accomplishment and remained loyal to the platoon’s objectives.

SFC Manuel, Jacque


Operations NCO 19DJ3

  • Led by example on all assigned tasks, displaying a willingness to listen to input from his soldiers, leading to recognition from the Squadron Commander for his outstanding performance.
  • Kept his soldiers well-informed of all upcoming events, ensuring effective communication within the unit.
  • Ensured that the Troop Training Room personnel stayed up to date with all troop records, resulting in quick and painless inspections.
  • Handpicked by Squadron leadership to train and evaluate a sister unit for the Gunner Skills Test, establishing a logical and knowledgeable training process.
  • Prepared 45 soldiers to conduct unstabilized wheeled vehicle gunnery, significantly enhancing the troop’s combat lethality.
  • Diligently assisted civilian contracted instructors in training 35 soldiers for Bradley Gunnery, ensuring thorough preparation on new equipment.
  • Maintained 100% accountability of all assigned property exceeding seven million dollars, emphasizing the importance of accountability to his soldiers.
  • Ensured efficient and safe mission execution by his soldiers, placing a strong emphasis on safety.
  • Accepted responsibility for his actions and those of his subordinates, displaying a high level of accountability.

Operations NCO 19D30J3

  • Coordinated directly with higher headquarters for all troop-level ranges, training, and ammunition requirements, ensuring seamless operations.
  • Graduated from the Bradley Master Gunner’s Course and was subsequently selected as the Troop Master Gunner due to his ability to work with minimal guidance and oversight.
  • Established a Troop-level tracking system to ensure training resources were scheduled 13 weeks in advance, aligning with the commander’s intent.


  • Served as a Scout Driver during Annual Training FY16, fulfilling assigned duties with diligence and commitment.
  • Improved Squadron Gunnery Tables 2 through 6 by assisting as a TCE (Table Crew Evaluator), providing training on table tops, and utilizing his qualification as a Master Gunner to support A TRP and B TRP.
  • Contributed to the relocation of his company from JSS Mayson to COS Garry Owen, improving their quality of life.
  • Displayed rare discipline and initiative that exceeded his responsibilities, showcasing outstanding dedication.


  • Instilled attention to detail, enthusiasm, and an indomitable spirit in his peers, fostering a positive and motivated team environment.
  • Possessed extensive knowledge and willingness to fill any position in the squad, showcasing versatility and adaptability.
  • Proved indispensable as an ICV (Infantry Carrier Vehicle) Gunner during the 5/2ID (SBCT) unit’s NTC rotation, demonstrating proficiency and the ability to perform with minimal guidance.
  • Completed missions as a gunner with minimal supervision, showcasing exceptional competence.
  • Maintained situational awareness during 30-kilometer patrols, providing vital security and intelligence to the unit.
  • Played an instrumental role in training members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force during Operation Rising Warrior 2012, contributing to the success of the mission.
  • Ensured the safe escort of over 200 vehicles throughout the theater of operations, effectively deterring insurgent attacks and maintaining team safety.

Dismounted Team Leader

  • Maintained and accounted for over $1,000,000 worth of equipment as if it were his own, showcasing a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Served as the continuous point entry man during village clearing operations, demonstrating exceptional dedication and commitment.
  • Ensured maintenance and services were up to date for all equipment, resulting in zero deficiencies.
  • Devoted endless hours of work to the unit and provided valuable assistance to the First Sergeant and Commander in preparing the unit for a nine-month deployment to the ARCENT AOR in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
  • Demonstrated effective soldier skills by ensuring proper sector coverage and implementing correct techniques, enhancing the platoon’s overall survivability.
  • Served as a Dismounted Team Leader in a Cavalry Squadron assigned to Apache Troop, 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment.
  • Successfully completed a rotation at the National Training Center.
  • Set an example of diligent leadership and embodied the finest qualities of a Cavalry Trooper, leaving a lasting impression for other soldiers to emulate.

Squad Leader

  • Developed a solid physical fitness routine while deployed, resulting in two PT failures passing the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) with an average of 240 points.
  • Displayed great mental toughness under extreme pressure after being struck by two IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
  • Organized nightly study groups for Battalion Soldier of the Month boards and promotion boards, fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional development.
  • Effectively integrated himself and his soldiers with a sister unit, creating a cohesive and effective route clearance team.
  • Trained and tested three Bradley crews on SGST (Squad Gunnery Skills Test), leading them to achieve three first-time “Go” ratings, with one qualifying for a distinguished rating.

Section Sergeant

  • Selected among his peers to conduct advanced operational redeployment operations, paving the way for Headquarters and Headquarters Company and ensuring a smooth transition.
  • Capably performed the duties and responsibilities of the Platoon Sergeant on several occasions, allowing uninterrupted platoon operations in the absence of the Platoon Sergeant.
  • Demonstrated tactical training proficiency, enabling the successful completion of multiple air insertion missions on short notice at NTC 09-01 and STALLION Rampage.
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