209th ASB wins DA’s Lt. Gen. Parker Award

| April 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Keriem Kvalevog (left), commander, 209th ASB, 25th CAB, 25th ID, accepts the Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award in the Combat Service Support category for her battalion from Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum (second from left), commander, Army Aviation Center of Excellence, during a ceremony on WAAF, March 25. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Lt. Col. Keriem Kvalevog (left), commander, 209th ASB, 25th CAB, 25th ID, accepts the Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award in the Combat Service Support category for her battalion from Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum (second from left), commander, Army Aviation Center of Excellence, during a ceremony on WAAF, March 25. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Capt. Richard Barker
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — The 209th Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, received the Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award in the Combat Service Support category during a ceremony, here, March 25.

Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commander, Army Aviation Center of Excellence, presented the award to Lt. Col. Keriem Kvalevog, commander, 209th ASB, for the battalion’s outstanding support of the 25th CAB during its yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commander, Army Aviation Center of Excellence, speaks to Soldiers of the 209th ASB about their accomplishments during the award ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commander, Army Aviation Center of Excellence, speaks to Soldiers of the 209th ASB about their accomplishments during the award ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“Winning the award shows the dedication, professionalism and hard work the Soldiers put forth every day,” said Kvalevog. “I am in awe and humbled by what they do. Each and every Soldier played a role in winning the award.”

The Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award is a Department of the Army-level award that recognizes excellence at the battalion level in the primary warfighting aviation force.

The 209th ASB was selected in recognition of the 209th Soldiers’efforts and sense of mission accomplishment.

“It feels pretty great to receive this award,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jose Moreno, electronic warfare noncommissioned officer, 209th ASB. “This is a great accomplishment for the battalion and just one more piece of evidence (that) the hard work we did paid off.”

In addition to providing support to the other battalions of the 25th CAB during deployment, 209th ASB was instrumental in training and certifying Afghan soldiers of the Kandahar Air Wing, the aviation attack and support force of Southern Afghanistan.

The training and certification included several programs that gave Afghan soldiers valuable skills, including wheeled vehicle maintenance, forklift operations, drivers’ training and aviation maintenance.

The Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award is one of many awards received by Soldiers and units of the 25th CAB as a result of their efforts in Afghanistan.

In 2012, the Army Aviation Association of America awarded 25th CAB Soldiers with the Henry Q. Dunn Crew Chief of the Year Award, the Rodney J.T. Yano NCO of the Year Award, the Army Aviation Medicine Award, the DUSTOFF Medic of the Year Award, the Aircraft Survivability Equipment Award and the Avionics Award.

Soldiers of the 209th ASB stand in formation during the ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers of the 209th ASB stand in formation during the ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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