Focus of 205th MI Bn. warrant officer leads to national intelligence award

| July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Yakub Yusufoff (left), Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., and Lt. Gen. Richard Zahner, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, DA, pose for a picture at the National MI Association Awards ceremony in Washington, where Yusufoff received the Lt. Col. Arthur Nicholson Award, recently. (Lt. Col. Timothy J. Parker | 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde.)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Yakub Yusufoff (left), Co. C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., and Lt. Gen. Richard Zahner, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, DA, pose for a picture at the National MI Association Awards ceremony in Washington, where Yusufoff received the Lt. Col. Arthur Nicholson Award, recently. (Lt. Col. Timothy J. Parker | 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde.)

2nd Lt. Eric P. Simonson
Company C, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade 

 Fort Shafter warrant officer gets national distinction for Army

FORT SHAFTER — When Chief Warrant Officer 2 Yakub Yusufoff was in Afghanistan, he was not thinking about receiving recognition or an award for his long hours and hard work.

As the senior human intelligence, or HUMINT, warrant officer in the Strategic Debriefing Element at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, Yusufoff was in charge of the interrogations of the highest profile detainees there.

Yusufoff was focused on the mission of answering intelligence requirements for commanders in the field; his top customer was Gen. David Petreaus, commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

The mission of providing intelligence to enable operations, shape strategy and save American and allied lives remained the center of his efforts throughout his year in theater, and it was something at which he and his team excelled.

It came as a complete surprise for Yusufoff, Company C, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, to hear he was selected to receive the prestigious Lt. Col. Arthur Nicholson Award at a recent ceremony in Washington.

“I was on leave when I was told,” Yusufoff said. “I didn’t even know my name had been submitted, so it was a bit of a shock.”

Yusufoff deployed as part of a 37-Soldier detachment to support a requirement for a specialized interrogation team on a yearlong deployment. The detachment returned in February.

“Yusufoff’s contributions were absolutely essential to our success over there,” said Capt. Meghan Cumpston, former commander, Co. C, who led the deployment and supervised the interrogation element. “Without his interrogation and HUMINT operations expertise driving interrogations, refining our Soldiers’ skills and training Afghans, valuable intelligence would have been lost, ill-informed decisions would have been made and the risk to American and allied service members would have increased.”

In his acceptance speech, Yusufoff said he was accepting the award on behalf of his Soldiers, whose hard work and professionalism made the award possible.

Yusufoff is already back at work, preparing a new group of Soldiers for HUMINT operations and building and refining their skills for upcoming exercises and the inevitable deployments.

“Yusufoff stands out in his profession,” said Capt. Michael Hudson, current commander, Co. C. “Our Soldiers and our Army are blessed to have someone of his caliber serving. There is no doubt that Lt. Col. Nicholson would be proud to have his name associated with a true intelligence professional like Yusufoff.”

The award honors the sacrifice of Nicholson who was shot and killed by a Soviet guard in East Germany, in 1985, while conducting an intelligence-collection mission.

The National MI Association sponsors the annual awards ceremony and includes awards for each branch of service and five key national intelligence agencies.

Yusufoff was selected from a field of 24 competitive recommendations, all with contributions to strategic and tactical intelligence.

Lt. Gen. Richard Zahner, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Department of the Army, presented the award and expressed his congratulations and thanks to Yusufoff for his sacrifices.

 

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