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.
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.
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.