noncommissioned officer (NCO) recognized during the Asian-Pacific
Heritage Month observance May 14 at Fort McCoy has served about 20
years around two deployments.
Sgt. 1st Class Edward Robert,
84th training Command stands as
he is applauded for being the Non Commissioned Officer
for the month of May, Fort McCoy,
Wis., May 15, 2009.
(Photo by Val Hyde) (An
Extra to The Real McCoy Online)
1st Class Edward Robert of the 84th Training Command (Leader
Readiness) served as a team leader during a deployment to Somalia,
said Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin
Dubois. More recently, Robert deployed and served as an operations NCO
and then as a combat patrol leader to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
said he knew he would have a quality candidate when he sent out
inquiries and received three nominations recommending Robert from
high-ranking NCOs. Robert was chosen in keeping with the Asian-Pacific
theme of the event.
grew up in the Federated States of Micronesia, an island chain in the
Western Pacific, a sovereign state in free association with the United
States, which is responsible for their defense.
First Class Robert) is very rooted in his family, (musical and food)
traditions of his country, and exploration," Dubois said.
"He brings the best of professionalism, honor and courage to the
said he enjoys life on islands as he has served in Saipan and Hawaii,
and takes every opportunity he can to return to his homeland in
more information about Year of the NCO, visit http://www.army.mil/yearofthenco/home.html.