• Despite not having PAQC training, Sergeant Young took on the roles of photographer, videographer, writer, and editor, successfully preventing coverage failure and showcasing the event.
  • Went beyond the scope of their MOS as a production team member at Northern Strike 22, capturing the essence of the country’s largest National Guard Bureau-sponsored military exercise.
  • Took the initiative to establish social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, and Instagram, resulting in an 85% increase in the Brigade’s visibility and Facebook views over the past six months.
  • Earned commendation for exceptional public affairs knowledge, leading to the PAO section being recognized by the 519th MP Battalion Coins of Excellence (46Q).
  • Conducted a thorough review and brought the 318th Press Camp Headquarters’ physical security up to standards, significantly reducing the risk of theft and ensuring personnel safety.
  • Developed an audio/visual technical course aimed at enhancing the productivity of the Afghanistan National Army’s 2-215 BDE Public Affairs Office.
  • Provided the command with timely and high-quality video products during deployment, supporting OIF and ensuring the unit’s accomplishments were preserved for posterity.
  • Improved the existing social media program through the publication of more than 150 photos, 14 news releases, and 4 media engagements.
  • Achieved second place in the 2013 FORSCOM Keith L. Ware competition for Broadcast News Story, showcasing exceptional technical competence.
  • Successfully integrated the office with HQ, enhancing the dissemination of command information and strengthening media relations.
  • Played a pivotal role in helping the team secure first place in a Department of the Army level competition.
  • Diligently recorded the achievements and success of the 196th MPAD readiness to fight, capturing the unique stories of individual Soldiers.
  • Disseminated 1,100 informational products in support of the Brigade’s Operation Eagle Campaign and the Afghan National Elections.
  • Skillfully handled the Admiral’s schedule and speaking engagements at three Navy Public Affairs Symposiums.
  • Produced over 1,000 images and 3 news stories, all approved and published for worldwide dissemination.
  • Expertly coordinated U.S. and Australian photo units for a Marine amphibious beach landing, providing comprehensive coverage of the evolution and effectively communicating the strategic message to international audiences.
  • Covered the Oregon ARNG’s 821st HQ and HQ Detachment during AT, capturing over 10 hours of video despite limited transportation and fluctuating training schedules.
  • Volunteered as the 2BCT Public Affairs NCO, successfully covering over 100 events and providing mentorship to Public Affairs Soldiers and UPARS.
  • Developed agendas and position papers, and assisted the Commander in representing Reserve Public Affairs at three Public Affairs Leadership Meetings.
  • Contributed to creating presentations supporting the effort to change Reserve public affairs IA deployments from 12 months to 7 months.
  • Played a direct role in assisting the Commander in shaping the course and focus of XXX Army and civilian public affairs professionals.
  • Successfully fulfilled positions of responsibility, from Deputy Director to Unit Director, including during deployment to CENTCOM.
  • Provided support to the Navy Public Affairs Support Element West during the first-ever SEA OP Det aboard USS Abraham Lincoln for Los Angeles Navy Week and PANAMAX 2011.
  • Effectively memorialized Los Angeles Navy Week and PANAMAX 2011, contributing over 100 photos for publication, 9 articles, and video content that reached over 2 million people.
  • Conceptualized and designed the RIMPAC 2012 web page before the exercise, serving as an informational gateway for over 10,000 exercise participants and planners.
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