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    • Alpha Company Award Ceremony - 04OCT2020


      On Sunday, October 4, Major John LaFlash presided over the Alpha Company Award Ceremony at Bushlurker FOB. Occurring monthly, the Ceremony is held to recognize the achievements of the Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division Realism Gaming Unit.


      Notes for October:

      Third Quarter Soldier of the Quarter: Sergeant Eric Abel

      Second Squad Leader Sergeant Gregoire is moving to 68W Platoon Medic

      Second Squad, Alpha Fireteam Leader Sergeant Grigorov is moving to Second Squad Leader

      Land Navigation Course, 8th October at 2000Hrs EST

      Combat Lifesavers Course, 15th at 2000Hrs EST

      Air Assault School, 24th October at 1730Hrs EST


      This month, Major LaFlash recognizes...

      The following Soldiers were promoted to:

      E-3 Private First Class

      Private First Class Roger Mullins
      Private First Class Jeremy Nichols


      E-4B Specialist

      Specialist Clifford Simpkins


      E-4A Corporal

      Corporal Brendan Moose
      Corporal James Kiheri


      E-5 Sergeant

      Sergeant Eric Abel
      Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci

      E-6 Staff Sergeant

      Staff Sergeant Christoph Brock

      The following Soldiers were awarded:



      Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, MOVSM






      Humanitarian Service Medal, HSM

      Second Lieutenant Bailey Lambert



      Armed Forces Service Medal, AFSM

      Warrant Officer 1 Ryan Stricklin
      Staff Sergeant Jannes Drake
      Corporal Dominik Toplak



      National Defense Service Medal, NDSM

      Private Second Class Mac Blaser



      Good Conduct Medal, GCM

      Major John LaFlash
      Second Lieutenant Bailey Lambert
      Staff Sergeant Christoph Brock
      Sergeant David Skenlar
      Sergeant Kalin Grigorov
      Sergeant Eric Abel
      Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci
      Corporal Dominik Toplak
      Corporal Brendan Moose
      Specialist Luke VanDenburgh
      Specialist Joshua Sanders
      Specialist John Purdy
      Specialist Clifford Simpkins



      Army Achievement Medal, AAM

      Sergeant Daniel Shade
      Sergeant Giancarlo Tucci
      Corporal Dominik Toplak
      Corporal James Kiheri
      Corporal Brendan Moose
      Specialist Kyle Skitz
      Specialist Alex Cruze
      Private First Class Roger Mullins



      Joint Service Achievement Medal, JSAM

      Corporal Brendan Moose
      Corporal James Kiheri
      Specialist Luke VanDenburgh
      Specialist John Purdy



      Joint Service Commendation Medal, JSCM

      Corporal Dominik Toplak



      Combat Infantry Badge, CIB (Stage 1)

      Private First Class Steve Klein
      Private Second Class Giancarlo Orsini
      Private Second Class Jorge Gomez
      Private Second Class Logan Ven



      Basic Parachutist Badge

      Specialist Anthony Sam
      Specialist Kyle Skitz
      Specialist Michael Luckie
      Private First Class Roger Mullins



      French Fourragere

      Specialist Kyle Skitz



      Soldier’s Medal, SM (Soldier of the Quarter)

      Sergeant Eric Abel


      In closing, Major LaFlash spoke about the changes coming to 3rdID in the next few months, including the upcoming Uniform update, the new Steam Workshop modpack, and the transition of Sergeant Gregoire to Platoon Medic and Sergeant Grigorov to Second Squad Leader.

      He ended with this: “We’re continuing to do outstanding in Operation Thin Ice. We have the plan of drawing back, so we have some pretty good combat missions coming up here. We’ve just got a lot of things going on here, and it’s going to be a fun fall.”

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