USARPAC officer gets distinguished by Defense Department as role model, wins Latin American Citizens Award
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
For the second time in two months, a USARPAC Soldier was named outstanding in his EO area of responsibility.
The most recent winner is Maj. Alberto Rodriguez from the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.
The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army Human Resources board, who is responsible for selecting the League of United Latin American Citizens Award winner, recently notified Lt. Col. Darren Holbrook, USARPAC EO director, that Rodriguez was chosen as this year’s recipient.
The note to Holbrook from Maj. Catania Gregory, special projects officer for EO policy, read, “We are extremely proud of your candidate, as he best exemplified the role model qualities and the core values the board was looking for.”
The LULAC presents the Excellence in Military Service Award to service members who support the Department of Defense mission or overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes best epitomize the qualities and core values of their respective military service.
The period of performance for this award was from July 2008 through June 2010.
Holbrook said, “Maj. Rodriguez’s outstanding performance was vital to the success of the 45th Sust. Bde. during Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Rodriguez was directly responsible for overseeing daily operations of six subordinate battalions, consisting of 43 subordinate companies across 15 locations, stretching from the Turkish border to north of Baghdad, Holbrook explained.
“Maj. Rodriguez was directly responsible for planning and executing the mission readiness exercise for the 45th Sust. Bde., 524th Corps Sust. Support Battalion, and 18th Movement Control Team in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan,” Holbrock added.
Rodriguez coordinated with 10 separate units and developed realistic scenarios that had a direct impact on deployment readiness as the brigade prepared to function as a joint logistics headquarters for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Rodriguez will accept his award at the 81st Annual LULAC National Convention and Exposition, July 12-17, in Albuquerque, N.M.