MOS 58 Military Police and Corrections
Professional achievement while serving as Squad Leader, Recapture Tactics Team, Company A, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, from August 2009 to April 2012. During this period, Corporal Andersen distinguished himself by going above and beyond what is expected of a Corporal in the execution of his duties. His initiative, dependability, and tactical and technical expertise were demonstrated time and again both on and off duty. Corporal Andersen's work ethic and drive were instrumental in the unprecedented success of the platoon. His leadership skills and work ethic are summarized by the following noteworthy actions.
-Successfully completed Close Quarter Battle School (CQB) and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). Corporal Andersen was tasked with serving as the squad leader for three high-visibility events, two SWFPAC inspections and a SWFPAC recovery drill. His superior level of knowledge and experience resulted in mission success in each case and caused him to be the focus of a great amount of positive feedback throughout the chain of command.
-Served as acting platoon commander during the U.S. phase of Exercise Tartan Eagle, where he helped train a platoon of British Royal Marine Commandos. His time spent working with the Royal Marines demonstrated his versatility and resourcefulness by operating independently with a foreign military without the aid of platoon commander or platoon sergeant.
-Prepared and gave numerous hours of extensive instruction on Close Quarter Battle tactics, techniques, and procedures. The classes included practical applications such as marksmanship techniques, diversionary device employment, room clearing, designated marksman employment, secure communications procedures, non-combatant handling procedures, mechanical, ballistic, and explosive breaching procedures, medical evacuation, and tactical evacuation procedures. In addition to the more than 9,000 hours of arduous watch he stood, Corporal Andersen gave the majority of these classes on the weekends or after normal duty hours due to the Recapture Tactics Team platoon's heavy work schedule. Due to his relentless dedication, all Marines under his charge graduated from their assigned school and served with success in their assigned billet.
-Served as Primary Point Safety Officer on 27 small arms live-fire ranges conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord and Yakima Training Center. Approximately 60,500 rounds of 5.56mm, 55,400 rounds of 9mm, 39,000 rounds of SESAMS, 1,910 12-gauge buckshot rounds, 1,600 rounds of 7.62, and 25 fragmentation grenades were expended during these events. All training was successfully conducted in a safe manner due in large part to Corporal Andersen's constant vigilance and excellent planning skills.
-Operated independently as Cadre Leader during multiple RTT Platoon Selections aboard Naval Base Kitsap. During the screenings, Corporal Andersen conducted numerous physical training events, ensuring RTT candidates were pushed to their physical limits in a safe and professional manner.
STAFF SERGEANT WALDEN WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MENTORING AND TRAINING OF MORE THAN 500 AFGHAN UNIFORMED POLICE STUDENTS IN MARKSMANSHIP AND MILITARY TACTICS. HIS DEVOTION TO THE NATO TRAINING MISSION RESULTED IN THE FIELDING OF 470 POLICE OFFICERS WHICH ENHANCED THE ABILITY OF THE AFGHANISTAN GOVERNMENT TO POLICE ITSELF. IN ADDITION TO HIS NORMAL RESPONSIBILITIES, HE TOOK ON ADDITIONAL DUTIES TO AID THE HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT. HE SURVEYED NTM-A TRAINING SITES, COORDINATED WITH JOINT COMMANDS, CONDUCTED SIGAR INSPECTIONS, ASSISTED REGIONAL SUPPORT COMMAND-WEST IN OPERATIONS AND PERFORMED A SECURITY ASSESMENT OF THE JOINT MEDICAL OPERATION CENTER'S FORCE PROTECTION PLAN.