|By Tom Michele, Eagle Systems & Services
As elements of the 335th Training Support Battalion, 181st Infantry
Brigade, are phasing back to higher headquarters at Fort Sheridan, Ill.,
they are leaving behind a legacy of excellent customer service at Fort
Lt. Col. Gail Bertolino,
commander of the 335th Training Support Battalion at Fort McCoy,
recognizes unit Soldiers from the Supply Section for advancing
through the Army Supply Excellence Award competition.
The 335th’s supply section noncommissioned officer in charge, Sgt.
1st Class Michel Buterbaugh, said the 335th was notified it had won
the Army Chief of Staff Supply Excellence Award at the U.S. Army
Forces Command level, and next will compete at the Department of the
The 335th was one of the training units supporting the mobilization
effort at Fort McCoy for the past several years.
“The award competition is all about logistics, command-supply
discipline, conservation of unit resources and being good stewards
of taxpayers’ money,” Buterbaugh said. The competition includes
fiscal year 2011 efforts.
“We were a support element,” Buterbaugh said. “We made gunnery
training happen for mobilizing Soldiers at Fort McCoy.”
“We were responsible for getting live and blank ammunition, targets
and gun mounts for vehicles to the training Soldier,” he said. “If
it went ‘bang,’ then we coordinated it. If it was logistical, we did
it. Our guys are the best at what we do.”
Several 335th Soldiers documented the composite efforts of the
unit’s supply section to prepare an entry for the Armywide awards
Buterbaugh said the next step in the process is for an Army
inspection team to visit the Fort Sheridan headquarters in Chicago
in early 2012 to further evaluate the 335th presentation.
“The 335th is an Army Reserve unit, and we and other Army Reserve
units also competed against active-duty units for the award,” he
The six Soldiers in the 335th’s supply section were Capt. Jonathon
Draper, Capt. Brett Brooks, Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Rougely, and Staff
Sergeants Christina Hinojosa, Roger Connet, Laura Colon, and