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Fort Bliss officer receives prestigious award

Field Artillery Capt. Christopher M. Dixon, an officer assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment in the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Bliss, was recently selected as the winner of the prestigious Edmund L. Gruber Award for 2018.

Named after former Brig. Gen. l Edmund L. Gruber, a decorated artillery officer who penned and composed the official Army Song, only one field artillery Soldier is selected for this prominent award every year by the Fires Center of Excellence in Fort Sill, Ok. The award recognizes “superb individual thought, innovation and overall excellence that results in significant contributions to or the enhancement of the Field Artillery’s war fighting capabilities.”

Capt. Dixon served as a battalion fire direction officer for his unit, bringing about innovation through the development and implementation of new firing techniques for the M777 howitzer while at the National Training Center Rotation 19-01 last autumn. In addition, Capt. Dixon was also directly responsible for playing a major role in the betterment of his unit and development of his subordinates.

He designed a physically challenging test that was implemented by his unit which produced measurable data of the physical readiness of soldiers in the battalion. He also designed and implemented a junior officer certification program for use in his unit that ensured professionalism and competence in new leaders.

Capt. Dixon said winning the Gruber Award was a great honor but stated he couldn’t have achieved this accomplishment alone.

“This is an individual recognition, but artillery is always a team fight, a culmination of the efforts of many individuals. Without a combined team effort as a unit every day to accomplish the mission, none of us would be able to achieve anything.”

Capt. Dixon, who is currently serving as a battery commander in 2-3 FA, also said his main priority during his time as fire direction officer was to help the battalion fight its battles and accomplish its mission.

“Every day, I just focused on my job,” he said.

Author: 1st Lt. Paul Wissmiller

 

Food, Water Delivered by Ft Bliss’ Own Iron Eagles in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Bliss, use their capabilities to go into areas not accessible due to poor road conditions to deliver much needed food and water around the island.

The 1AD CAB performs missions throughout Puerto Rico that deliver food, water, and other supplies for life-saving and life-sustaining support to areas hardest hit by Hurricane Maria.

“A lot of us volunteered to come here,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Hanna, a Blackhawk pilot with 1AD CAB. “We are happy to help; my Soldiers are asking for duty day extensions because they are very passionate about helping out.”

While significant progress is being made in the response to Hurricane Maria, recovery for Puerto Rico will require help from federal agencies and the community.

As access to ports, airfields, and roads continue to open more resources will flow into hard hit areas.

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter with the 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, conducts flight test at the Roosevelt Roads Airfield in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Oct.15, 2017. | U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Lancelot Lokeni | SGT Michael Eaddy,

The CAB provides their contribution multiple times a week by delivering commodities to communities in the areas most affected by the hurricane.

“I’ve been on two different missions where we’ve delivered water, food, diapers and baby food,” said 1st. Sgt. Jesus Jimenez, a native of Puerto Rico and Headquarters and Headquarters Company’s first sergeant. “We’ll usually land in a baseball park and make our deliveries there.”

The desire to support is a complete unit effort, from the pilots to the most junior Soldier; they are all willing, able, and very eager to get out into the community and serve the people of Puerto Rico, Hanna said.

“I just want to keep flying and help the communities,” said Jimenez. “Not only because they are Americans, but because I grew up here and I want to help.”

Author:  Sgt. Michael Eaddy   |  24th Press Camp Headquarters  | DVIDS

 

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