IT2 Gonzalez, gathering gear for a support mission*
IT1 Beiser and children during a volunteer mission**
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got a GREAT team of Coalition Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in my organization. But three have really stood out recently:
IT2 Gonzalez is a communications technician working in my Current Operations section. He is directly responsible for providing mobile comm support for LTG Caldwell, the Commander of NTM-A and CSTC-A.
Because of his professionalism and expertise, IT2 Gonzalez was my #1 select to provide communications support to LTG Caldwell during his recent visits to forward operating bases in Afghanistan. He flew ahead of the General and coordinated classified and unclassified telephone and network services with each host site. He was recognized by the Command Sergeant Major for his ability to anticipate LTG Caldwell’s every communications need.
IT1 Beiser is my Afghan National Army (ANA) Tactical Communications Fielding NCO. In this job, he helps the ANA field the correct number and type of radios to the correct units, ensuring ANA Commanders have the means to effectively command their units in combat. IT1 Beiser also advises an Afghan Colonel, providing valuable input into ANA radio equipment, supply, and storage plans.
IT1 Beiser assists the ANA Communications Support Unit (CSU) too, advising generator mechanics, radio maintainers and operators, and even First Sergeants within the unit. While working with the CSU, he’s driven vehicles and been entrusted with Vehicle Commander and Convoy Commander duties as well.
Finally, Capt Grocki is my Afghan National Police (ANP) Budget and Program Support Planner here at Camp Eggers. As my ANP Contracting Officer Representative, he manages $221M in sales of US communications equipment and services, and ensures 13 multi-million dollar ANP comm support contracts remain in scope and on schedule.
Capt Grocki also worked closely with the Kabul Regional Contracting Center, shepherding four contracts through technical evaluation and contract award. He developed Quality Assurance plans for each contract and ensured Technical Oversight Representatives were assigned to conduct regular inspections of contractor performance.
Bottom line: IT2 Gonzalez, IT1 Beiser, and Capt Grocki are great Americans, making great things happen in Afghanistan. I’m honored to serve with them here.
* Photo by LCDR Tony Saxon, USN.
** Photo by Lt Col Fred Kelsey, USAF.
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