|Competing for the Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) Supply
Excellence Award (SEA) is not only about a Fort McCoy unit proving its
excellence in supporting Soldiers, but also about sharing its expertise
with others and seeking input for improvement.
Sgt. 1st Class Viola Lewis, a senior supply sergeant for the 2nd
Battalion, 411th Regiment, said unit members saw the competition as an
opportunity to excel and enhance their logistical knowledge base.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Roseanna
Smith (standing), a senior evaluator for the Department of the
Army Supply Excellence Award Team, checks data files with Sgt.
1st Class Viola Lewis, a senior supply sergeant with the 2nd
Battalion, 411th Regiment, a logistics battalion aligned with
the 181st Infantry Brigade.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
The 2nd, 411th, a logistical support battalion, is aligned with the
181st Infantry Brigade at Fort McCoy.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) Roseanna Smith and CW4 Paul Thurston,
both senior evaluators for the CSA SEA program, are members of a
team that will evaluate all 30 Army Reserve supply units involved in
the competition, including six organizations from Wisconsin. Smith
and Thurston bring a combined 50 years of experience to the
“If we have any questions or concerns about the supply field, we can
ask them and get the answers we need,” Lewis said. “They have a lot
Smith said it works both ways. She said she judges the competition
to get a first-hand look at what is going on in the field. The
evaluators take back the best practices they observe and incorporate
it into supply training.
“The purpose of the CSA SEA program is to enhance the logistics
readiness and supply effectiveness of Army organizations,” Smith
said. “The program provides a positive incentive for extraordinary
supply and support operations.”
The 2nd, 411th has provided excellent supply support throughout its
history, especially from 2003 to 2011, when it supported more than
45,000 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen deploying through Fort McCoy in
support of overseas contingency operations, Lewis said.
During that time, the unit implemented a consolidated arms room, an
ammunition supply point, a communications section, a vehicle issue
point and provided logistical support to several forward operating
“These areas made it possible for deploying Soldiers to participate
in realistic combat as well as (making) a smooth transition to and
from a combat zone,” Lewis said.
Even though the unit has returned to reserve-component status after
the mobilization mission at Fort McCoy was completed, the unit plans
to continue providing the same high-level of supply support, she
“The 2nd, 411th supply section will continue to provide
uninterrupted logistical support, and educate, promote and enhance
the careers of all logistical personnel assigned to or attached to
the unit,” Lewis said.
Sgt. 1st Class Michel Buterbaugh, the 3rd, 335th Training Support
Battalion (TSB) supply noncommissioned officer in charge, said the
unit, as well as the 1st, 338th TSB, which also are aligned with the
181st, are competing for awards in their supply field category.
Both units are competing at the parent level.
Smith said the team evaluators are wrapping up their on-site visits
and soon will begin the judging of the entrants.
Results of the six- to seven-month on-site evaluation process are
expected to be completed in the near future, and the competition
winners are expected to be announced by the first week in May.
Winners will be invited to attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C.,
where they will receive a plaque and command coins designating them
as the best logistics organizations in the Army in their respective
In addition to Lewis, other members of the 2nd, 411th include: Maj.
Michael J. Rel, battalion commander; Master Sgt. Jeffrey S. Agnew,
acting command sergeant major; and Sgt. 1st Class Sarah Johnson,
senior supply sergeant.
Sgt. Jimmie Reddick, and Sgt. Jason Vazquez both supported the unit
during the mobilization mission and have since been released from