Soldier of the Month Board Recommendation

15W Unmanned Aircraft Operator/Unit Trainer

SPC Bass Promotion Recommendation

I am pleased to provide my strong recommendation for the promotion of SPC Bass to the next rank. SPC Bass consistently exhibits exceptional qualities as a soldier, with a positive attitude that serves as an exemplary model for both peers and subordinates. Over the past 24 months, SPC Bass has achieved remarkable accomplishments, which are highlighted below:

a. SPC Bass actively participated in eight Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) rotations with Bravo Troop. During these rotations, he played a crucial role in planning and executing three gunnery training missions alongside AH64 pilots, demonstrating his proficiency and dedication.

b. SPC Bass also contributed significantly during a rotation to Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, for SK/BK22. While in the Philippines, he served as a subject matter expert, imparting knowledge on Reconnaissance Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures to the Philippine Army Aviation Regiment. Additionally, he conducted a comprehensive RQ-7B Shadow capabilities brief, fostering international partnership. Furthermore, he cross-trained with the 15R Crew Chiefs and Pilots, enhancing the integration of UAS and Rotary wing aircraft and bolstering Manned-Unmanned teaming capabilities. SPC Bass’s participation in five combat missions in support of Operation Balikatan as part of the Grey Eagle UAS team further exemplifies his commitment and capability.

c. During a Nakoa Fleek rotation at Wheeler Army Airfield, SPC Bass not only advanced his own career progression to Aircraft Commander but also trained three soldiers, elevating their readiness levels from 3 to 1. These efforts significantly contributed to the squadron’s UAS fleet readiness.

d. SPC Bass’s involvement in a Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center rotation in OCT/NOV 2022 at Wheeler Army Airfield further showcased his exceptional skills. As an Aircraft Commander, he flew a remarkable 66.2 hours, providing invaluable reconnaissance and communications support to ground forces and the combat aviation brigade, thus enabling the successful completion of their mission.

e. SPC Bass’s dedication and motivation extend beyond his personal achievements. He has also earned the esteemed position of Unit Trainer for Bravo Troop UAS, working closely with the Standardization Operator, Instructor Operators, and the commander. His role as a teacher and mentor to soldiers at various levels ensures a cohesive, well-trained, and operationally capable UAS fleet within Bravo Troop.

SPC Bass consistently demonstrates exceptional dedication, motivation, and outstanding performance as a soldier. His unwavering commitment to excellence is evident in his ability to successfully accomplish any task assigned to him. I wholeheartedly recommend his promotion, as his exceptional service to the Army reflects his readiness to go above and beyond, earning the respect of his superiors, peers, and subordinates.

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