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Mobilization

2nd, 411th Regiment receives 
Army Superior Unit award

      FORT McCOY, Wis. (181st Public Affairs Office) -- The 2nd Battalion (Logistic Support), 411th Regiment of the 181st Infantry Brigade, located at Fort McCoy, has been awarded the Army Superior Unit Award (ASUA) by the Department of the Army. 

Photo: Lt. Col. John Halvorson, 2nd , 411th Regiment commander, stands at the head of the unit's formation during a recognition ceremony. (Photo by 1st Lt. Bonita Harris)
Lt. Col. John Halvorson, 2nd , 411th Regiment commander, stands at the head of the unit's formation during a recognition ceremony. (Photo by 1st Lt. Bonita Harris)

      The ASUA streamer was added to the 2nd, 411th battalion flag at an official ceremony Feb. 24 at Fort McCoy. This is the first streamer that has been added to the battalion flag since the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaign streamers were added in 1945 at the conclusion of World War II.

     The 2nd, 411th received the ASUA award for its support of post-mobilization training at Fort McCoy during the years of 2003-2004.

      The ASUA is given for meritorious performance of a difficult and challenging mission carried out under extraordinary circumstances. The unit must display such outstanding devotion and superior performance of exceptionally difficult tasks as to set it apart from and above other units with similar missions.

      The battalion was designed to logistically support its four sister training support battalions and its brigade headquarters as they conducted post-mobilization training for deploying units.

Photo: Col. Jeffrey Kulp (left), 181st Infantry Brigade commander, Lt. Col. John Halvorson and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Brusven of the 2nd, 411th Regiment unfurl the new Army Superior Unit Award streamer. (Photo by 1st Lt. Bonita Harris)
Col. Jeffrey Kulp (left), 181st Infantry Brigade commander, Lt. Col. John Halvorson and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Brusven of the 2nd, 411th Regiment unfurl the new Army Superior Unit Award streamer. (Photo by 1st Lt. Bonita Harris)

      However, members of  the 2nd, 411th were required to assume other missions to support mobilization because of the large number of deploying troops that arrived at Fort McCoy during that timeframe. These missions included conducting drivers' training, night vision goggle training, and Single-Channel Ground-Airborne Radio System training for those Soldiers who were being sent overseas.

     In spite of the high operational tempo associated with these new tasks, 2nd, 411th personnel simultaneously continued to accomplish their traditional missions of vehicle maintenance, internal driver training, and the storage and issue of the brigade's equipment.

      The unit operates and maintains a fleet of more than 150 vehicles and is accountable for the storage of more than $10 million worth of equipment.

      A number of current and former members of the 2nd, 411th also have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of a variety of missions associated with the Global War on Terror.

      The award of the ASUA consists of the issuance of two certificates by the Secretary of the Army and the permanent addition of the red, green, and gold ASUA streamer to the battalion's flag.

      All Soldiers who were assigned to the unit during the timeframe of the award are entitled to wear the ASUA ribbon as a permanent part of their uniforms. 

      All other troops with the 2nd, 411th are entitled to wear the ASUA ribbon while they are assigned to the unit.

     

 

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