MILFORD, Mass. – Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts Army National Guard, continue to receive awards while serving with Provincial Reconstruction Team Khost.
U.S. Army Spc. Joseph Carruthers, a native of Walpole, Mass., and a member of the 182nd, was awarded the PRT Khost Warrior of the Week for Aug. 21-27 during a short ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Aug. 28. The security forces vehicle gunner is currently serving as a member of PRT Khost in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.
“It means a great deal to me to be chosen as “warrior of the week” for the effort I put into my job,” Carruthers said.
According to his citation, Carruthers “professionally executed two missions which combined key meetings with government officials in Mandozayi District and Khost City, and quality inspections of projects in Shemboat and Doornami districts. He was the eyes-and-ears of his vehicle, providing vigilant over-watch and maintaining situational awareness for the convoy during movement and while at halt. Due to his thorough knowledge of the operating area, he allowed the convoy commander and ground commander to focus on maintaining a secure environment, directly supporting the PRT’s mission to build local capacity for development and governance in Khost Province.”
Although, Carruthers is the most recent Soldier of the 182nd that has received this award, he is not the only one. Several Soldiers from the Massachusetts Army National Guard have been given the award.
U.S. Army Sgt. Erik Seablom, a native of Amesbury, Mass., was awarded the PRT Khost Warrior of the Week for July 31 to Aug. 6.
“Everybody in my platoon deserves the award,” Seablom said. “We all do our part to accomplish the missions.”
According to his citation, Seablom “through his own personal initiative, increased his knowledge of the Harris radio and Blue Force Tracker systems, greatly improving his efficiency as the lead vehicle truck commander, enhancing convoy tactical communications and situational awareness during missions. A recognized fitness leader, Seablom designed and implemented a physical training regimen for his squad, directly supporting a brigade-level priority for combat readiness.”
In addition, U.S. Army Sgt. Brian Murray, a resident of Winthrop, Mass., was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, July 12, also at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.
According to his citation, Murray “demonstrated exceptional leadership, knowledge and initiative in ensuring 100 percent accountability of 85 weapon systems and associated equipment during training, shipment preparation and reintegration. Additionally, he tirelessly worked more than 72 hours in 100 degree heat inventorying and organizing weapon systems, ammunition and sensitive items critical to the seamless transfer of authority into combat conditions.”
Finally, these Soldiers continue to inspire their peers and their commander.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brad Brewer, PRT Khost commander said he is very lucky to have these Soldiers. Their work ethic, leadership and devotion to the team have made it possible to meet our daily tasks and move us forward in accomplishing our overall mission of improving security, supporting good governance and enhancing provincial development.
As a part of the PRT, the 182nd continues to support operations such as conducting population-centric governance and development counterinsurgency operations.
It also, helps the team builds the capacity of the provincial and district governments, develops critical infrastructure, education and stabilization initiatives, and works to increase the legitimacy and accountability of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the populace, ultimately enabling reintegration and transition.