Engineers honored with St. Christopher award

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

1st Lt. Eugene Molisso
84th Engineer Battalion
130th Engineer Brigade
8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — Sgt. 1st Class David Cooper and Staff Sgt. Joseph Harris, both members of the Forward Support Company (FSC), 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, were presented the Honorable Order of Saint Christopher by Col. Douglas Vallejo, deputy commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, for their career achievements and contributions to the Transportation Corps Regiment.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs SFC David Cooper and SSG Joseph Harris, both members of the Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade are presented the Honorable Order of Saint Christopher by COL Douglas Vallejo, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Deputy Commander, for their career achievements and contributions to the Transportation Corps Regiment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs SFC David Cooper and SSG Joseph Harris, both members of the Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade are presented the Honorable Order of Saint Christopher by COL Douglas Vallejo, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Deputy Commander, for their career achievements and contributions to the Transportation Corps Regiment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class David Cooper (left) and Staff Sgt. Joseph Harris, both members of the FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng.Bde. received the Honorable Order of Saint Christopher from COL Douglas Vallejo, 8th TSC deputy commander. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The Honorable Order of Saint Christopher recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, who have displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence and who have served the Transportation Corps with selflessness.

Cooper has recently served as the platoon sergeant for Distribution Platoon of FSC, 84th Eng. Bn. He has managed and executed deployment facility operations in this position on three separate occasions, which processed and deployed 232 pieces of heavy engineer equipment worth $21 million to Korea.

He supervised distribution of fuel, water, rations and general cargo daily in FSC that not only supported the 84th Eng. Bn., but also external units and exercises such as Lightning Forge, the Best Warrior Competition from 130th Eng. Bde. to U.S. Army-Pacific, and multiple Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, rotations.

Harris recently served as a squad leader for Distribution Platoon of FSC and now serves as operations sergeant for FSC, 84th Eng. Bn. Harris’ squad provided daily transportation support to the 84th Eng. Bn.

He is M9 master driver qualified, and his technical expertise assisted the 130th Eng. Bde. in rebuilding its Driver’s Training Standing Operating Procedure.

The Transportation Corps was formed in 1942, and in 1998 the Army instituted the order of Saint Christopher medal to recognize outstanding transporters.

Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers and motorists.

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