Summary of Action Examples (MM)

Since each award recommendation is evaluated on the merits of the justification, the Summary of Action is critical. It is required in all cases except command awarded Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals at Navy units; all Marine Corps awards require a detailed Summary of Action.

The introductory paragraph in block 25 should list the command, period of action, position held and overall achievement(s). Specific accomplishments which directly bear on the overall achievement should be listed as bullet statements.

Avoid generalities and excessive use of superlatives. Present an objective summary, giving specific examples of the performance and the manner in which it was accomplished, together with the results and benefits derived. The amount of detail and supporting documentation required depends upon the circumstances and the nature of the award being recommended; in general, a single page will suffice. When additional space is required, add sheets of standard size paper; however, use continuation pages sparingly. Ref NAVSEAINST 1650.1H, 31 Jul 09.

Ref: SECNAVINST 1650.1H, Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual

Ref: OPNAV 1650/3, Personal Award Recommendation


For outstanding meritorious service while serving as the Public Affairs Officer for Plans and Operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet from 22 February 2021 to 31 December 2022.

As the Public Affairs Officer for Plans and Operations, LCDR Levy distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service in establishing the position of PAO for Plans and Operations on the U.S. Pacific Fleet PA staff. He quickly integrated into command and Fleet-wide plans and operations, becoming the subject matter expert and go-to person in the PA office. He led strategic communication efforts in all operations, activities and investments (OAIs) to the fleets and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) joint forces. He integrated and ensured deconfliction of all PA and VI efforts supporting components OAIs before presenting to USINDOPACOM Public Affairs. He actively engaged with USINDOPACOM, Office of the Secretary of Defense, CHINFO, and other pertinent commands to ensure message alignment and timing of release of information.

LCDR Levy is an agent of change. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Information Environment Working Group. His efforts helped developed a process to maximize messaging across all of the Information Related Capabilities throughout the fleet and joint force to targeted audiences in support of the commander's intentions and national objectives. He also served as the PA lead for command operational planning teams (OPTs).

LCDR Levy's greatest contribution is the ability to mentor and develop his juniors. He provides one on one mentoring, group leadership development training, and career advice to the 50 officers in the U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs enterprise. He personally led four action officers daily in executing Current Operations to ensure timely and consistent support to U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet Public Affairs. He provided oversight and guidance to fleet and component Public Affairs directorates for joint, bilateral, and multilateral high-visibility operations and exercises to include Large Scale Global Exercise, Valiant Shield, RIMPAC, Keen Edge and Keen Sword ensuring our communication efforts and strategic objectives were achieved. Under his leadership was the flawless planning and execution of public affairs and Visual Imagery (VI) support to 16 Taiwan Strait Transits, three Strategic Command missions, and numerous Freedom of Navigation operations near disputed islands in the South China Sea.

LCDR Levy flawlessly managed the new reporting, manpower, and administrative requirements associated with Reserve support. Where conflicts arose, LCDR Levy successfully addressed the problem and work toward equitable solutions. His efforts ensured seamless integration of Reserve support.

LCDR Levy's consistently superb professional performance combined with his untiring efforts and commitment to the Navy has resulted in a significant impact on the day-to-day operations and long term excellence of Naval and Joint Public Affairs. His many exceptional examples of dedication, devotion, and achievement provide an example for others to emulate. He has served with distinction and is extremely deserving of the recognition afforded by the MSM. This tour will be the culmination of 28 years of naval service.


Gunnery Sergeant Dobie J. August is enthusiastically recommended for the Meritorious Service Medal for meritorious service while serving as the Squadron's Communications Chief and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge, Marine Air Support Squadron 6 (MASS-6), Marine Air Control Group 48 (MACG-48), 4th Marine Air Wing (4th MAW), from September 2020 to January 2023. His various noteworthy accomplishments include the following:

From September 2020 to February 2021, Gunnery Sergeant August was assigned as the Communications Chief for MASS-6. After the billet being vacant for several months, Gunnery Sergeant August created a desk top procedure and turn over binders that is the standard operating procedure for MASS-6 daily procedurals. His performance within the C&E Company had immediate and lasting impacts throughout the squadron and his service in squadron and group-level assignments during exercise planning and execution resulted in a responsive and effective Marine Air Command and Control Systems (MACCS) in multiple large and complex exercises. Gunnery Sergeant August distinguished himself through his performance in the billet of Communications Chief for the Communications and Electronics (C/E) Company. In this billet, Gunnery Sergeant August was responsible for the training and education of more than 100 Marines on both coasts. Gunnery Sergeant August provided education on transmission fundamentals, communication, and networking equipment, the basics of radio theory, as well as tactical radio and antenna employment to the Marines within the C/E Company and the Air Support Company. These actions directly increased the readiness and training of all Direct Air Support Center (DASC) Marines in MASS-6.

Gunnery August implemented and supervised a robust series of virtual training programs to ensure the Marines in the unit continued educational advancement through an unprecedented pandemic led by his S-6 section. To ensure complete safety of all Marines during this challenging time. His forward thinking and ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment allowed the Marines to continue serving in a positive manner. His willingness to teach and challenge the Marines to be their best improved morale and retention within MASS-6.

From March 2021 to May 2021, in support of Nights Watch 1-21, and COMMEX 1-21; Gunnery Sergeant August developed an in-depth communications architecture that incorporated the east and west coast detachment ensuring consistent communications were established on all voice and data networks. This included the incorporation of the High Frequency bandwidth, Very High Frequency Bandwidth, Ultra High Frequency Bandwidth, KU Bandwidth, and KA bandwidth. Gunnery Sergeant August coordinated with the Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) Frequency Spectrum Manager to ensure adequate satellite time was available to allow the squadron to securely communicate over voice and data streams to all other agencies within the MACCS. These agencies included the Tactical Air Control Center, the Tactical Air Operations Center, and the headquarters element of MACG-48. Gunnery Sergeant August's actions directly enhanced the control group's overall tactical effectiveness allowing more influential training for communication and data technicians.

Gunnery Sergeant August was responsible for the implementation and supervision of the Training and Readiness (T&R) Program for all 06XX, 28XX, 59XX communication operator technicians. Within this responsibility, Gunnery Sergeant August supervised the completion of more than 100 events for both the Active Duty as well as the Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR) communication technicians increasing the unit's Core Model Minimum Requirements allowing the squadron to employ and manage Air Command and Control Systems within the DASC more effectively. Gunnery Sergeant August's actions ensured more than 50 skills were achieved within the 5974, and 5979 Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) increasing the overall technical knowledge within the unit.

As Detachment Alpha's Communications Security Material System (CMS) Key Management Infrastructure (KMI) account manager, Gunnery Sergeant August was accountable for more than 170 Controlled Cryptographic Items (CCI) which included encryption management, logistical processing of all CCI assets, processing of End-of-Life Cycle replacement to ensure continuous usage of cryptographic requirements, and cyclic auditing of the KMI and MCS process directly to the Commanding Officer. This billet also required the close coordination with the MACG-48 and MFR KMI Managers to ensure all cryptographic fill devices and short titles were maintained and purged within the correct timelines. During this duration, the squadron received zero COMSEC incidents.

From June 2021 to December 2021, operations Field Training Exercise 1-21 (FEX 1-21), Summer Fury (1-21), and Steel Knight-22, have been the hallmark of Gunnery Sergeant August's contribution to the unit. As MASS-6 Communications Chief, Gunnery Sergeant August expertly planned, coordinated, and supervised all communications support through the unit's geographically separated training sites located at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, Camp Pendleton, California, and Twenty-nine Palms, California. Throughout his tenure, Gunnery Sergeant August effectively led over 115 Marines within his unit and enabled over 20 Direct Air Support Center field training exercises and three Annual Training exercises. Between both locations, he was responsible for the accountability, serviceability, and logistical requirements of more than 25 million dollars worth of aviation command and control systems.

Gunnery Sergeant August directly managed timely and effective implementation of hundreds of equipment modifications, technical directives, and engineering change proposals, including complex modifications and upgrades to the squadron's Aviation Command and Control Systems, AN/MRC-145Bs, AN/MRC-148s, and various other communication and cryptographic items within the squadron. These system upgrades were essential to MASS-6's combat readiness and the provision of essential aviation command and control support for numerous exercises and training events across the globe.

Gunnery Sergeant August utilized a full career's worth of experience and knowledge gained to create valuable training programs that led to increased proficiency for the communications Marines in utilizing High Frequency, Very High Frequency, Ultra High Frequency, and Satellite Communications equipment. He worked diligently with Marine Forces Reserve communications leadership to conduct annual communication exercises. His technical expertise ensured that MASS-6 was able to successfully conduct single channel radio communications with Marine Forces Reserve units across the entire county. These valuable communication exercises prepared the reserve units for participation in the annual reserve Integrated Training Exercise (ITX 4-21) in Twenty-nine Palms, California.

As the squadron's Communications Training Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant August supervised the squadron's communications training and readiness (T&R) program. He implemented the T&R program within the C&E Company, and his initiative and forward-planning brought the T&R program to the forefront of the training plan for C&E. He developed a cyclic technical training program aligned to directive requirements which ensured his Marines were adequately and continuously trained to perform rigorous technical duties. The implementation of the program improved the company's technical readiness through weekly technical training courses, and a routine auditing program which ensured the continuous administrative updates within T&R record jackets to ensure that all training was captured and accurately reported for the overall readiness of the squadron's C&E Marines. With the implementation of the program, the company trained 40 Radio Marines, and 10 Ground Maintenance Repair Marines with high proficiency marks in their respective MOS. His proficiency in communication procedures ensured that the detachment was able to adequately prepare for the Field Supply Maintenance Analysis Office inspection in the summer of 2021. His technical knowledge along with his leadership directly contributed to a successful inspection.

From January 2022- September 2022, Gunnery Sergeant August developed the squadron's Cyber Security Work Force for Fiscal Year 23, by ensuring the squadron was following the Department of Defense cyber security requirements. His expertise of the cyber-security training pipeline ensured his Marines had the appropriate training needed to fulfill their technical duties and allowed the flexibility to support mission requirements within the unique limitations presented by Selected Marine Corps Reserve component. Through coordination with Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) and the online courses provided by Microsoft Training Center, Gunnery Sergeant August formulated a self-paced and instructor validated cyber training curriculum. His actions developed C&E Marines from their entry-level basic knowledge of computer components into industry-certified Information Security Technicians through a remote learning process. Due to this training availability, the unit was able to save more than 5,000 dollars in travel cost per Marine, accumulating in more than 130,000 dollars in overall travel savings.

Gunnery Sergeant August led over 115 Marines firmly, fairly, and effectively. He fostered an environment of trust, communication and innovation which became evident in the high standard of performance and output his company provided the Squadron and the MACCS. The morale within his company was always high due to the continuous professional military education, training, and self-improvement which he encouraged for all Marines under his charge. His positive leadership was strongly reflected through the accomplishments of his marines which include five Marines being selected as the MACG-48 Marine and Non-Commissioned Officers of the Quarter, five meritorious promotions to the ranks of Lance Corporal and Corporal as well as various other awards of impact for their outstanding performance during multiple exercises. His leadership and mentorship spanned across all ranks and were emulated by his senior staff which included one C&E Staff Non-Commissioned Officer that was selected for appointment as Warrant Officer.

Throughout this period, Gunnery August provided extraordinary leadership, insight, administrative and exceptional technical advice, and superb communications expertise in directing and facilitating MASS-6 drive toward increased readiness, accountability, and the logical application of sound management principles. He provided technical direction to the diverse and multifaceted activities of the S-6 section. His innovative and common-sense approach to problem solving greatly enhanced the ability of the S-6 section to support MASS-6. Through his capable leadership, he inspired the personnel who served with him to such an extent that all assigned missions were performed punctually, and in an exemplary manner. He has staff cognizance over the following subordinate S-6 sections which provided the primary mission to coordinate all internal communication/maintenance matters in support to MASS-6; Communication, Plans, Operations and Administration; Weapons, Facilities; Material Readiness Support. Not to limit coordinating with the S-4 section which helped orchestrate the organic supply, maintenance, communications, engineer, motor transport and ordnance equipment.

Gunnery August ensured that the active and reserve communication Marines deploying in support of MACCS Integrated Simulated Exercise (MISTEX-22), and Gunslinger-22 were well supported with adequate communication equipment assets to accomplish their mission prior to their departure. He ensured all MASS-6 Marines received quality operational service support for all exercises and contingency operations held throughout various locations in MCAS Miramar, California and Salina, Kansas. Gunnery Sergeant August has been a critical enabler in MASS-6 successful participation in all engagements, assuming a prominent role in designing the C4 architecture supporting operations. Gunnery Sergeant August has been effective in ensuring adherence to the proper coordination and execution of pre-employment procedures. Despite numerous emerging requirements and shortened planning timelines, Gunnery Sergeant August consistently managed to meet submission deadlines for all administrative requirements.

His many contributions include:

Coordinated military and civilian subject matter expertise in support of communication operations with adjacent unit operations across all manner of communication disciplines including:

Transmission systems (single channel and multichannel, terrestrial and satellite)

Data networks (system administration, operating systems/applications software installation and maintenance, network services, and data management)

Telephone switching and IP phone/call manager integration

Information assurance, network security

Network accreditation for NIPRNET, SIPRNET, and coalition networks

Frequency management

Controlled cryptographic item employment, storage, and handling

Physical security requirements

Communication security, Electronic Key Management System

Help desk/customer support operations

Communications Control organization structure, processes, and concept of operations

Coordinated employment of organic communication units with external communication elements of other services, ground, air, and naval units from the United States military forces.

30 Training and Readiness Qualifications throughout a myriad of complex military occupational specialty fields such as 0621, 0627, and 2841. His direct supervision resulted in mastery domain infrastructure, active directory management, scripting, disaster recovery, database management, virtualization, and messaging. (14) 0621 mastery, (12) 0627 mastery, and (6) 2841 mastery. Gunnery August was a key player in planning the communication architecture supporting every major training and exercise employment plan (TEEP) event supporting MASS-6 training. Throughout his tenure, Gunnery Sergeant August was sought out by all Marines within the unit for his insight, technical knowledge, and professional leadership.

Gunnery Sergeant August was a vital key player at planning conferences for each iteration of Large-Scale Integrated Training Exercise (ITX-22) during his tenure at MASS-6. He took active roles in communication planning working groups and closely worked with planners from Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-49, MAG-41, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS)-472, MWSS-473, Marine Air Control Squadron-(MACS) 24, 23rd Marine Regiment, and 25th Marine Regiment. He aided in the construction of communication networks ensuring MASS-6 had the ability to communicate with external units as well as the MACS-24 Mobile Marine Air Traffic Control Teams. During the ITX 4-22 Initial Planning Conference, he seized the initiative and volunteered as the lead Aviation Combat Element (ACE) communications planner within the communications working group. He represented not only MACCS interests but also worked closely with Marines from MAG-41 flying squadrons and MWSS 473 to account for all ACE communication requirements. His performance as a communications planner resulted in MAG-41 leadership specifically by-name requesting him for follow on ITX 4-22 planning conferences.

Gunnery Sergeant August's vast knowledge and willingness to help others was utilized during the execution phase of multiple ITXs to help other units with their communications planning. He assisted the MAG-49 ACE Combat Operations Center (COC) communications infrastructure. His assistance and planning abilities ensured that the ACE COC was able to manage aviation operations during exercise execution. It also enabled positive and direct communication between the COC and the MASS-6 Air Support Element.

From March 2022 to November 2022 due to a staffing shortfall, Gunnery Sergeant August served as the squadron's Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (SNCOIC), a billet reserved for a Master Sergeant, where he was responsible for the mentorship and accountability of 24 Active-Duty Marines and more than 120 SMCR Marines. Gunnery August also developed the instructional material for multiple command sponsored Corporal's Courses and managed the instruction of these courses which include more than 300 hours of planning, coordination, and instruction to over 10 Marines. To ensured 10 Marines met their in-grade Professional Military Education requirements and were equipped to lead Marines in the future. As the SNCOIC, Gunnery Sergeant August coordinated and supervised more than 20 Military Funeral Honors and six Community Relations events as in the Greater San Diego region.

Gunnery Sergeant August's steadfast deadlines and dedication to mission accomplishment resulted in S-6 being 100% complete on PFT/CFTs and 100% complete on the directed and required annual training. Gunnery Sergeant August's commitment to annual and fiscal training is evident after locking on slots for (4) Marines to qualify on the pistol, (37) Marines to qualify on the rifle.

Gunnery Sergeant August's contributions to the unit directly resulted in numerous Marines being recommended and awarded for various unit and personal awards during his tenure. His astute vision, innovative methods, and perceptive intellect benefited not only MASS-6, but also the entire Marine Corps. He demonstrated an uncommon dedication and devotion to the Marine Corps, and his tireless motivation and drive to solve any challenge left MASS-6 as a highly effective and prepared unit within Marine Forces Reserve.

His endeavors in these areas dramatically enhanced the success of MASS-6, not only in mission attainment, but also greatly assisted the site commander in the fostering of a healthy command climate. Through personal example, he continually emphasized that Marines become successful individuals only by being successful Marines. This simple but critical principal has fostered a profoundly positive environment that has poised MASS-6 for continued future success. The successes of his efforts are evident in the fact that his hard work helped to ensure that two Marines were meritoriously promoted under his tenure. Additionally, he facilitated a career counseling PME for all enlisted Marines within the command based off his wealth of knowledge and experience with promotion selection board procedures. His PME significantly enhanced the Marines knowledge of the promotion system and facilitated the future advancement of their careers. Gunnery Sergeant August's intimate knowledge of the revised Enlisted Career Force Controls regulations also ensured the Marines of MASS-6 were afforded every opportunity for continued career advancement. Gunnery Sergeant August was the front runner and coordinator for three retirement ceremonies for Gunnery Sergeant Idrovo, Master Sergeant Nicholson, and Major Moore after serving a wonderful twenty-year career.

Gunnery August's innovated approach to handling delicate situations with his background in recruiting was a particular note that his ability to arbitrate and get to the root of the problem resulted in the resolution of numerous issues at the lowest level. While serving in additional challenging billet assignments hand selected by the Commanding Officer as the Assistant Security Manager, Family Care Plan Coordinator, Ground Safety Officer, and Substance Abuse Control Officer. All staff duties in which Gunnery Sergeant August excelled in the development and maintenance in all functional areas in preparation for future Commanding General Readiness Inspection Program (CGRIP).

Gunnery Sergeant August planned and coordinated the unit's Marine Corps ball for over 200 Active Duty, Reservist, Retirees, and civilian guests. The most remarkable of Gunnery Sergeant August's accomplishments was his ability to synchronize operational and logistical constraints while staying within a financial budget and meeting the commander's intent. Gunnery Sergeant August managed the fiscal aspect of the ball, encouraging fundraisers to lower ticket prices, and seeking a variety of vendors for discounted rates. Gunnery Sergeant August's sheer charisma and positive attitude resulted in many donations, saving approximately 1,000 dollars. Additionally, he coordinated with the hotel for discounted room rates and shuttle service to and from the event, ensuring Marines and guests arrived and depart the event safely. Gunnery Sergeant August spearheaded and assisted many of the fundraising events for the command, while volunteering himself for the most difficult tasks completing over 20 hours of community service. This included coordinating volunteers during the CI Security Specialists concert event, which raised approximately 350 dollars. Gunnery Sergeant August's initiative did not stop there as he led the unit's involvement in the Miramar Air show, scheduling over 72 hours of supervised support, raising approximately 4,500 dollars. Through Gunnery Sergeant August's guidance, leadership, and mentorship the unit raised over 5,850 dollars towards a 19,040.44 dollar deficit, approximately 30 percent of the total costs. This drastically contributed to the enrichment and success of the event for all attendees.

For the above actions and for his steadfast devotion to Marine Air Control Group 48 mission and the United States Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant August is more than deserving of proper recognition. His insightful judgment, irrefutable skill, and sustained superior performance have been a noted benefit to Marine Corps Forces Reserve operations and have significantly contributed to this command's record of success. Gunnery Sergeant August's performance has upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. Gunnery Sergeant August played vital role in the achievement of the commands mission and was a cornerstone of technical knowledge, management skill, and military tradition. His improvements, either self-initiated or implemented under direction, to the Command's operating efficiency have made their lasting mark, with positive-tangible results. His leadership, dedication, and devotion to duty this period truly deserve recognition by the awarding her a Meritorious Service Medal.

As a Program Manager, MARFOREUR/AF, Ms Smith provides IM/KM expertise and oversight for the utilization of Command and Control systems, software applications, computer hardware and best practices designed to facilitate information exchange for the Commander, Principal and Special Staff, Headquarters personnel, supporting and supported units and Coordination Elements, geographically distributed throughout the Area of Operation. She also supervises, coordinates, and manages the IM/KM Working Group consisting of representatives from each staff section who assist in defining staff information requirements and developing Information Exchange Requirements and Processes, which will comprise the Command IM/KM Plan. Furthermore, Ms Smith coordinates the IM/KM education and training for operations, exercises, and contingency operations for command personnel and contingency augments working in those areas. The IM/KM Officer acts as the Command representative to the USAFRICOM and USEUCOM Joint Information Management Boards (JIMB), as well as all other DOD agencies for Information Management matters.

Commander John Smith has served as the Executive Officer from 20 January 2020 thru 20 January 2022. Commander Smith has served as Executive Officer for the Commander of Special Operations Command Africa the past two years. As the solo administrative Officer, he provided guidance and direction for 250 Active Duty personnel and two geographical separated units, totaling over 500 personnel. Commander Smith conducted 100 Commander's Update Briefings and 200 Command Staff Syncs. He distinguished himself as a highly respected Executive Officer while playing an integral role in maintaining the tracking of Higher Headquarters Taskers and the Readiness of the Force, which promoted force structure, modernization, and awareness of the members. He was deployed to Iraq from September 2020 to December 2020. While deployed, he served as Communications Officer for Regimental Combat Team in Ramadi. In addition, he volunteered to extend his deployment to support and provide support for 1st Radio, 1st Intel and 8th Communications Battalions for over 600 military members. This resulted in making nine helicopter flight missions and four combat convoys reaching out to the boarders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, supporting over 200 remote military members. He became the single point officer responsible for the maintenance of the technical equipment and communications services for four remote locations, serving 9,000 members. He performed approximately 1,000 hours of on the job training sessions while deployed. Finally, as a Senior Officer, he provided exceptional guidance and mentorship for the junior troops and his peers. As a result, he established positive working relationships with all members.

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Future Operations Director, Pharmacy Department Head, Director for Ancillary Services for Expeditionary Medical Facility Camp Pendleton from December 2019 to January 2022. Through his tour of duty, Commander Sanjume utilized his professionalism and expertise to make significant contributions to the accomplishment of the command mission. As the Future Operations Director, he was instrumental in the planning of the Fort McCoy Regional FEX, Camp Parks MASCAL, EMF Camp Pendleton ORE and the EMF Camp Pendleton ADVON OPT for Guam COVID-19 response. EMF CP established a self-sustaining EMF-150 which included Pharmacy Services in an austere environment in support of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) COVID-19 outbreak. CDR Sanjume contributed to the set up and operation of the EMF-150 to include organization and oversight of over $189,000 of medications and equipment. He managed a department of 3 enlisted members and successfully trained a junior corpsman in pharmacy policies and procedures. CDR Sanjume was instrumental in establishing policies and procedures within the department to process both inpatient and outpatient medication orders, ensuring the capability of the department and readiness to manage hospitilized patients. He served as the Director of Ancillary Services, encompassing five functional areas including laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, preventative medicine and environmental health, biomedical equipment repair and mortuary services departments. He led 11 officers and 32 enlisted in the development and training of functional teams to support the EMF mission. He led 4 officers and 16 enlisted in preparation for the EMF CP Operational Readiness Evaluation, resulting in designation as Tier 1 ready. His leadership efforts resulted in the Ancillary Services directorate's EMPARTS readiness increasing from 41% to 87%.

For outstanding meritorious service as South five, three years as Seabee Combat Warfare (SCW) Program Manager and Expeditionary Warfare (EXW) Coordinator while mobilized to Djibouti. CMCS Johnson provided continued support for the entire South Region for NMCB-14 which included 250 personnel in (7) detachments over (3) states. Senior Chief Johnson acted as the DET AOI/SEL for DET3014 which included (4) chief petty officers, (58) junior sailors and (2) junior officers. His participation as the Regimental SCW Program Manager lead to 100% passing score on both inspections, qualified (12) sailor, which increased the overall percentage of qualified sailors to 48%. CMCS was the first to complete the EXW program, organized training, pre-boards, final boards and communication with senior enlisted leadership.

8 SEP 2012 until 4 JUL 2014, Lieutenant Smith was assigned to the United Kingdom's, Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment as part of a Personnel Exchange Program with the Royal Navy. While there, he served as Training Officer responsible for the delivery of elementary to advanced training for three separate Royal Navy underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) courses. Additionally he was responsible for the delivery of International underwater EOD courses. As a Division Officer, he was responsible for leading a team comprised of seven Royal Navy Clearance Divers and one U.S. Navy EOD Chief. In his role as Division Officer, he was the Reporting Senior on all evaluation reports and administrative tasks associated to career management. He clearly displayed EXCEPTIONAL performance in his roles and went far beyond what would be expected of a Naval Officer.

  Successfully delivered 17 high-risk courses in Royal Navy (RN) Underwater EOD procedures from elementary to advanced, three deep-dive training deployments as well as support to five visiting Clearance Diving Elements and three RN Reserves teams each effort positively affected readiness of the RN Clearance Diving Branch to meet maritime commitments in support of UK Maritime Strategy. His time marked the greatest number of delivered naval courses in 10 years by the UK premiere EOD training establishment.

  As Division Officer, he attained 100% retention of all RN Clearance Divers, including the promotion to Senior Rating of one RN Leading Hand. In addition, he contributed to the mentorship of the one U.S. Navy Chief assigned that led to his positive selection to the Limited Duty Officer program.

  Identified a training gap in RN Clearance Diver training and subsequently closed this training deficiency by facilitating the procurement of 270.000 ($333,000 USD) in Clearance Diver Life Support Equipment (CDLSE). In closing the training gap, he introduced the training of underwater EOD procedures on influence ordnance with the proper diving equipment for the first time in over 15 years at the U.K. premiere EOD training facility. The DEMS Training Regiment now has the ability to utilize diving equipment that used in real world operations and provides an increased training capability that has profound correlation to the U.K. Mine Counter Measures mission.

  Identified training gap in commands ability to provide training in underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) procedures regarding recognition and render safe procedures of Limpet Mines. Planned and managed the procurement of additional infrastructure at a cost of 2000 ($ 2470.00 USD) to be added to commands Naval Training Area. This included the building of a ship's hull simulator frame that was added to underwater training lake so that Training, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) could be implemented in to the delivered RN Clearance Diver courses.

  As Training Officer for the RN Underwater EOD courses, he discovered that zero formal training documentation existed. Working with outside commands with in the UK training establishment, higher echelons and the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) Training and Design Department he devised and implemented a plan to achieve Defence System Approach to Training (DSAT) compliance in accordance with U.K. Joint Service Publication 822 on 1 JUN 2014. Executing his plan began the full update and redesign of all RN EOD courses delivered at Defence EOD Munitions and Search (DEMS) Training Regiment for the first time in more than ten years. His tenacious approach for not only resolving problems but also to develop and seek solutions has brought about the implementation of DSAT compliant business practices to his training area for the first time in eight years.

  His leadership and technical expertise made significant impact on command through the submission of three standing orders, two command and one departmental. Each standing order contributed to significant improvements in safety, efficiency, and accountability in support of the commands mission. Each one of the Standing Orders submitted were not part of his area of responsibility but he choose to find solutions and contribute to the overall mission of the command.

  Smith established training year calendars for Conventional Munitions Disposal (CMD) Squadron by coordinating between three training teams, UK Defence Dive School, and DEMS Training Regiments course support cell. His initiative ensured the smooth delivery of 70 courses across training years 2013/14 and 2014/15. This was another example of his leadership and work ethic for getting things done. Coordinating this schedule was not part of his primary or collateral duties while serving as Training Officer.

  Clearly demonstrating a mature perspective on wider mission accomplishment regarding international engagement the Naval Training Area has delivered the greatest amount of international courses during his tenure. He updated and drafted critical information required for the UKs International Defence Training (Army/Navy) command in order promote delivery of International Underwater EOD Training courses. This led to the delivery of two Navy Underwater EOD Courses to 20 foreign nationals from four separate partner nations in high-risk underwater EOD procedures. His administrative acumen additionally led to engagement with NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), which allowed for the advertisement of International courses that can be delivered by his Training Team. In conjunction with this, he begun the process of having the Naval Training Area at DEMS Training Regiment added to the list of NATO Training and Educations Centers.

  As a recognized expert in U.S. Navy EOD Training, Techniques, and Procedures, he contributed vital input to the Defence EOD and Search Training Command and Clearance Diving Branch Fleet Requirements Office during several working groups to designed to address Maritime Improvised Explosive Devices and EOD/Diver support to aircraft carriers. His submission of a working paper identified mission areas and capabilities was instrumental in development of further working groups for designing Training, Tactics and Procedures (TTPs) for Maritime EOD missions.

  Provided subject matter expertise and liaison between Training and Evaluation Unit TWO and the RN for implementing of best practices of TTPs for dealing with Maritime IED threats. His contribution was in addition to his normal role and responsibilities as a Training Officer at DEMS Training Regiment.

  05 JUN 2014 Spearheaded and managed the submission of technical procedures to the Clearance Diving Operations Manual 5063 on proper and safe construction of an underwater explosive charge. The submission of procedures was implemented in order to substitute for the removal of items from the UK ammunition stores. His effort contributed to the furthering of capability in critical procedures for the RN meeting its Mine Counter Measure mission in the area regarding the reduction of underwater EOD threats.

  4 July 2013, Smith displayed his extraordinary character and leadership by organizing a command fundraiser for the MacMillan Cancer Support organization as well as hosting a traditional American Independence Day Cookout. He was able to raise and donate $ 500.00 dollars for a worthy cause.

  26 JUN 2014, he hosted and raised money for the UK Cancer Research on behalf of the DEMS Training Regiment by organizing another Independence Day BBQ for the entire command. Raising and donating another $500.00 dollars in donations, he displayed leadership and teamwork and character above and beyond expectations.

  On seven separate occasions, he managed the attendance of his peers to attend academic lectures as part of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group, exceeding all expectations of how to demonstrate the professional development of a Naval Officer and raising the level of professionalism of all involved.

  14-18 MAR 2014, he was invited to participate in the 17th Annual Oxford University Strategic Studies Group trip to NATO Headquarters, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and the European Union Parliament. He represented the U.S. Navy in this endeavor and DEMS Training Regiment.

  8-11 APR 2014, he further expanded his leadership role at DEMS Training Regiment by representing the U.S. during a Regimental Battlefield tour of Normandy. Smith provided two separate lectures to 50 plus U.K. service members from three services on the OMAHA Beach landings and the Normandy Cemetery. His lectures were not only completed to the highest level of professionalism and academic caliber but inspired all attendees. His contribution raised the understanding of historically significant events to every member in attendance thereby increasing their development as service members in the British Armed Forces.

  15 FEB 2013, he completed his undergraduate degree and started in on his Master of Arts in Security Studies. His constant thirst for professional development led to the completion of four courses at the Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility at RAF Molesworth which included a Critical Thinking and Structured Analysis (AMT 101), EUCOM/AFRICOM Theater Core course (AMT 104), Intelligence Writing (AMT 105) and Study of Historical Islam (FAS 102).


Commander Paul Anderson has served a total of 20 years and six months as an Active Duty and Reserve Service member. Commander Paul Anderson has served as Chaplain for Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Fargo for the past three years. As the NOSC's sole Chaplain and VTU OIC, he provided pastoral care and counseling for Active Duty personnel and five Reserve Units,totalling for over 130 personnel. Chaplain Anderson conducted 27 Suicide Prevention and Awareness Briefs and nine Religious studies. He distinguished himself as a highly respected Chaplain, while playing an integral role in maintaining Unit and Center Morale and Readiness, which promoted spiritual, religious and personal well-being of the members.

He was deployed to Iraq from September 2008 to September 2009. While deployed, he served as Chaplain for Regimental Combat Team 1st Marines in Ramadi and Fallujah. In addition, he volunteered to extend his deployment to support/provide Chaplain Care for 1st Radio, 1st Intel and 8th Communications Battalions for over 600 Marines. While deployed he took on extra duties to Minister to the 36 Transition Teams across the Al Anbar Province. This resulted in making nine helicopter flight missions and four combat conveys reaching out to the boarders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, supporting over 200 remote Marines and sailors. He became the Flight Line Chaplain responsible for the maintenance of the Chapel and services as well as deck plate ministry for four squadrons for over 670 personnel. He performed approximately 526 counseling sessions while deployed. He provided exceptional guidance for the needs of the men and women through life's trials and tribulations. As a result, he established positive working relationships with all members.

As Boat Captain in Riverine Squadron Two from August 2006 to June 2013. Petty Officer Jester consistently preformed his demanding duties in a highly professional manner. He distinguished himself as a highly respected and influential leader during the commissioning of the Riverine Squadron Two. Petty Officer Jester demonstrated outstanding initiative and administrative acumen in the mentoring of 130 Sailors, 25 PCS moves, and supervised the coordination of 500 Riverines sent to Camp Lejune for advanced training over a 7 year time frame. Created the controlled equipment tracking system for Riverine Squadron One's armory managing 0ver 250 weapons and 80,000 rounds of ammunition. He significantly enhanced the combat readiness for Riverine Squadron One and Two in preparation for the first Iraq deployment and the involvement against Global War on Terrorism. As Squadron One's boat Safety Officer he ensured the safe qualification and operation of Riverine Patrol Boats and Live weapons fire. As one of Squad Two's Boat Captains he planned and carried out 150 Patrol boat operations and 200 Tactical conveys throughout Al-Anbar province Iraq on two separate deployments. Expertly trained the Coastal Riverine Squadron's Boat Captains, Coxswains and Engineers on the Riverine Command Boat in preparation to relieve Riverine Squadron Two on its final deployment in the Araibian Gulf prior to the decommissioning of Riverine Squadron Two.

Command selected to be the functional expert for the development, testing, and maintenance of the Distance Support prototype software. He quickly became the go to point-of-contact for the ship's crew, TYCOM, and supporting agencies. He devoted numerous hours ensuring that complex problem and deck-plate concerns identified by the prototype ships were quickly resolved. His dedication and untiring efforts ensured all functional testing and re-testing of the ROM ES software was executed and completed correctly, earning him high accolades from both military and civilian staffs.

Exhibiting exceptional competence and professionalism, he performed comprehensive site surveys for the purpose of planning and implementing Digital Imaging Network-Picture Archive and Communications Systems (DIN-PACS) and Digital Dental Imaging (DDI) systems at 14 Navy Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and USNS COMFORT (TAH-20). He expertly assessed command expectations, digital imaging workflow, business practices, and clinical requirements. His clinical and technical expertise was instrumental in streamlining survey procedures by identifying unique clinical process improvements and matching them with exceptionally sound technical solutions which culminated in saving over $1.2 Million across all projects.

LEADER IN CRISIS. During the Japan earthquake disaster he led an unprecedented evacuation effort for 220 Sailors and their families out of NAS Atsugi. His leadership was a beacon during a time of intense confusion, anxiety, and turmoil. Due to his efforts, VFA-115 was able to reconstitute and be battle ready in less than 48 hours and all squadron family members were safely relocated to the United States in under a week.

- STRATEGIC PLANNER. His vision, along with unmatched deck-plate leadership drove the Career Development program to achieve some impressive results. Over 65% of the command's eligible E-4's earned their EAWS/ESWS, command advancement rates and retention rates are 15% and 23% above the Navy's average respectively.

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