- Known for their charismatic radio personality, SGT Young was well-regarded in the community. They maintained the highest level of professionalism in all interactions up and down the chain.
Public Affairs SGT
- During deployment, SGT Young successfully coordinated 15 media engagements, ensuring the coverage supported USASOC communication objectives.
- SGT Young reorganized and prepared the 318th Press Camp Headquarters, bringing its physical security up to standards.
- Their assistance was instrumental in the 318th PCH passing its physical security inspection.
- SGT Young played a pivotal role in developing and disseminating 1,100 information products, supporting the Brigade’s Operation Eagle Campaign and the 2014 Afghanistan National Elections.
- SGT Young significantly improved and expanded the existing social media program, enhancing the command’s online presence.
- In exercise Silver Scimitar, SGT Young provided essential public affairs print media support to U.S. Forces Command.
- They efficiently maintained the Admiral’s schedule and speaking engagements at three Navy Public Affairs Symposiums.
- SGT Young’s involvement in creating the RAF tri-fold brochure, developed for distribution to AUSA attendees by the Commanding General of FORSCOM, was instrumental.
- Through a thorough and self-contained info product, SGT Young effectively educated both the public and the forces on the emerging Department of the Army RAF concept.
- SGT Young successfully coordinated and created agendas and position papers, providing valuable assistance to the General in representing Reserve Public Affairs at three Public Affairs Leadership Meetings.
- Their contributions, including over 100 published photos, 20 news releases, and 4 media engagements, enhanced command information and media relations.
PA Broadcast SGT
- SGT Young displayed exceptional confidence in both technical and tactical abilities, establishing themselves as a highly capable NCO.
- Their skills, temperament, and reliability showcased their professionalism and dedication.
- SGT Young went above and beyond by sacrificing countless hours of personal time to mentor subordinates, peers, and superiors in broadcast operations and equipment operation and maintenance.
- They sponsored a junior enlisted Soldier in the Battalion Best Warrior Competition, demonstrating their commitment to fostering growth and development.
- SGT Young actively fostered an environment of fair treatment, awareness, and resiliency in the unit by fully supporting and participating in the Army SHARP and MRT programs.
- They played a key role in building 25% of the Broadcast Team SOP, ensuring the efficient operation of the Broadcast Section in any mission.
- SGT Young displayed great potential for increased responsibility and would be best suited as a Broadcast SSG.
- Their exemplary conduct and ability to motivate and challenge others, both peers and subordinates, while instilling confidence, made them an excellent NCO.
- SGT Young’s devotion to the state and unit was evident as they dedicated personal time to ensure mission success and exceed expectations.
- They provided effective visual information products for the command and played a crucial role in the Department of the Army Level Competition.
- SGT Young demonstrated their skills by developing timely and professional video products during the OIF deployment, preserving the unit’s accomplishments and legacy.
Broadcast Sergeant: Competence
- SGT Young provided key video assistance to the DA’s senior broadcaster, resulting in seven news stories seen by a national audience of over 20 million.
- Single-handedly producing two high-visibility video products for use at national-level events, SGT Young achieved outstanding results.
- Through conducting 450 ceremonial announcing missions in the last 12 months, SGT Young showcased their expertise and dedication.
- They wrote and produced 50 print, radio, and television stories on the activities of soldiers assigned to Combined Team Uruzgan for internal and external release. Additionally, SGT Young established social media accounts for CTU, allowing families to read and view stories online.
- SGT Young’s expertise was evident in writing five different public affairs guidance packages used by senior leadership in the United States and Australia.
- They successfully deployed the Fly Away Broadcast System (FABS) in support of the Army Warfighter Assessment, demonstrating mobile capabilities.
- During the Army Warfighter Assessment, SGT Young set up the Production Distribution System-Light (PDS-L), exponentially expanding the 306th Psychological Operations Company’s capability.
Physical Fitness & Military Bearing
- SGT Young consistently maintained an outstanding military appearance, exemplifying the bearing of a senior NCO.
- They demonstrated physical fitness on multiple combat missions, carrying more than 25 pounds of broadcast gear in addition to a full combat load.
- SGT Young coordinated, rehearsed, and supervised ten flawless live television shots viewed by over two million viewers.
- Their exceptional leadership as a Public Affairs Chief during Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11 earned them the Bronze Star, as awarded by the Regimental Commander.
- SGT Young successfully supervised over 700 public affairs missions in the National Capitol Region.
- As the Platoon Sergeant of a PAO section three times larger than a typical BCT PAO section, they provided effective leadership to 11 soldiers with different military occupation skills.
- SGT Young trained the acting PAO after the no-notice deployment of the Regimental Public Affairs Officer.
Responsibility & Accountability
- SGT Young successfully located and acquired necessary equipment to outfit a BCT public affairs office according to MTOE, ensuring the unit had the required equipment to complete the PAO mission.
- They were responsible for the readiness and accountability of twice as many soldiers in their current assignment as they would have as an SFC in a BCT PAO section.
- SGT Young upgraded the Regiment’s A/V capabilities by securing $75,000 worth of equipment from the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee at no cost to the unit.
Public Affairs Broadcast NCO
- SGT Young set the example for subordinates and peers to emulate through their experience, professionalism, work ethic, and drive for excellence.
- They demonstrated high personal standards that translated to exemplary performance as an NCO.
- SGT Young maintained 100% accountability and serviceability of individual designated equipment, valued at over $20,000.
- Leading the Broadcast Team, they conducted a 100% inventory of Broadcast Team MTOE equipment.
- SGT Young shared technical and institutional knowledge with three new broadcasters, helping them transition from TRADOC to local operating methods.
- They played a key role in building seventy-five percent of the Broadcast Team SOP, ensuring the efficient operation of the Broadcast Section in any mission.
- SGT Young promoted unit cohesion and physical fitness by preparing, coordinating, and leading an ultimate Frisbee session, incorporating PRT preparatory and recovery drills.
- They mentored four soldiers, including their NCOIC, in the production of a high-visibility year-in-review video.
- SGT Young supervised a new soldier in the production of her first video assignment, resulting in a completed news product that met unit standards.
- Handling situations firmly and fairly, SGT Young established a workplace climate that fostered dignity and respect for all members of the group in accordance with SHARP.
- Their technical proficiency was continually sought after by subordinates and superiors, and they incorporated their former mission experience to improve unit operations.
- SGT Young utilized all available resources to accomplish the assigned mission, consistently meeting the required standards.
Media Relations NCO
- SGT Young served as a Public Affairs Broadcast Journalist, significantly impacting the mission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- They mentored junior soldiers on CJCSI classification guides, increasing their product quality and applicability.
- SGT Young facilitated and conducted OPSEC pre-briefs and imagery reviews during three media visits with ties to 7 international media outlets.
- They earned 2nd place in the 2011 FORSCOM Keith L. Ware competition for Broadcast News Story.
- While assigned to the 10th Press Camp Headquarters, SGT Young produced 11 print stories that were released to various news outlets across Fort Bragg, NC.
- Demonstrating versatility, SGT Young worked outside their MOS on numerous occasions, cross-training and qualifying in security.
- SGT Young contributed to the steady improvement of productivity and capability within the Brigade’s Inform and Dissemination operations.
- Displaying their commitment to sharing knowledge, SGT Young developed and taught an audio/visual course as part of the training for the Afghan National Army’s 2-215 BDE Public Affairs Office.
- They documented the Silver Scimitar exercise and produced a news feature that was released to multiple outlets, effectively highlighting the training event.
- SGT Young increased the number of Key Leader Engagements between 2nd Brigade leadership and the Northern Helmand population by 30%, resulting in a greater number of shuras and improved reporting of insurgent activities by local nationals.