Logisticians awarded for efforts

By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan hands a two-star mug to Master Sgt. Michael Burdine from the 138th Field Artillery Brigade, for his outstanding work throughout the year, during the J4 logistics workshop at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center in Greenville, Ky., Sept. 25. Burdine showed outstanding management of the original clothing issue discharge list for the brigade. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane)

GREENVILLE, Ky. – The Adjutant General recognized several deserving Soldiers held in charge of making the Kentucky Army National Guard run while visiting the J4 logistics workshop at the Wendell H. Ford Training Center Sept. 25.

The workshop brought Soldiers from supply, logistics and food sections from across the state to come together and meet in one place to talk face to face about issues that impact them and share  ideas to help each other.

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Hogan took some time from the three-day event to recognize the Soldiers for doing an above and beyond job.

“We’ve had a particularly busy year so we are recognizing some of the people who have done above and beyond type things,” said Lt. Col. Anthony W. Adams, deputy G4 for Kentucky.

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Some of the notable achievements that the logistics shops have had this past year:

Humvee tire problem discovered and fixed before rest of nation.

-For the second year on in a row the Kentucky Guard has had a food service section finish second in the Phillip A. Connelly food service competition.

-Logistics efforts led to overall increased readiness for units.

-Their successes have lead to no negative impacts to annual training so all units were able to train this past year with out issue.

Chief Warrant Officer Steven Plouvier is an example of a Soldier giving his best effort for the Guard. He was awarded for his job of bringing to the attention the Humvee tire problem. He conducted research, made contacts and elevated the tire situation, which had been plaguing the state and the entire Guard for a while according to Adams.

More than 100,000 tires have had to be replaced throughout the state.

“I’m very grateful for the job this enterprise has done in supporting the Kentucky Guard,” said Hogan while speaking to the group.  “You guys have had a litany of things to over come this year, curve balls that have come your way yet there has never been an enterprise you all have let slide even to a degree.”

“We want the Soldiers to know that if you do a job, you get recognized by TAG,” said Adams.  “Its just the carrot that we can use to motivate them to excel.”

Their excellence has been well noticed by other units and other states as well. They are doing things well in advance of any other units in the United States according to Hogan.

“I don’t think there is anybody in the nation that can compare to that,” said Hogan.

When they talk about quite professionals, they are talking about (those of you in) this room.

While there, Hogan also held a question and answer session that allowed the Soldiers in attendance to ask him questions effecting their shops and the future of the Guard.