Army Reserve NCO earns top legal award

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Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia – Staff Sgt. Sarah Hawley, a paralegal noncommissioned officer with the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command, is this year’s recipient of the Sergeant Eric L. Coggins Award for Excellence.

It’s the first time that a U.S. Army Reserve paralegal noncommissioned officer won the Army’s top award for excellence in the legal profession.
The award has been presented every year since 1998.

Hawley’s selection was announced April 19. Lt. Gen. Flora D. Darpino, the Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph P. Lister, the JAG Corps Regimental Command Sergeant Major called Hawley to personally congratulate her. When the call came in, Hawley’s heart was pounding, she said.

“It’s one of those moments that you think would never happen to you, but I will certainly remember it forever,” Hawley said. “I was shocked, excited, humbled, honored, speechless.”

She will receive the award May 16 during the Law for Paralegal and Advanced Law for Paralegal Course in Charlottesville, Virginia

“Staff Sgt. Hawley is well respected by her seniors, peers and subordinates,” said Master Sgt. Joanne Sykes, who nominated Hawley for the award. “She possesses unquestionable integrity. Her professional knowledge and technical competence are truly outstanding.”

Established in 1997, the annual award recognizes an enlisted paralegal who best embodies the standards for which Coggins was known. Coggins was a U.S. Army paralegal in Korea, who volunteered for Middle East duty. While still a specialist, Coggins served as the NCO in charge of the Camp Doha Legal Office in Kuwait. Afterward, Coggins died from liver cancer.

“This is an amazing achievement,” said Brig. Gen. Mitchell R. Chitwood, Commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command. “We are fortunate to have an NCO as talented as Staff Sgt. Hawley on our team.”

A Soldier in the JAG corps for 10 years, Hawley is a paralegal and court reporter. Qualified airborne and air assault, Hawley mobilized for four years including time with the 82nd Airborne Division and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She currently serves in the command’s G7 section, where she is the NCOIC of the court reporter program and the airborne and air assault programs. Hawley is also the command’s master fitness trainer. She was an integral part of the command’s recent Best Warrior Competition at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia and is the lead NCO in the command’s upcoming field training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Hawley holds a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from The John Hopkins University and is now planning on attending medical school soon. Hawley has taken part in several humanitarian efforts including missionary work in Kenya and the Dominican Republic. She also mentors elementary school children in Washington D.C. inner city public schools. Hawley’s inner drive motivates here to go above and beyond in every aspect of her life, she said.

“I’d like to leave the world a better place than it was before I was here,” said Hawley, who’s always had a passion for serving others. “This began when I was growing up participating in mission trips with my church, and (continued) when I joined the military to serve my country.”

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, about 25 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., USARLC oversees 1,800 personnel stationed in 104 cities in 43 states in the continental U.S. and two overseas locations. This includes Soldiers serving as judge advocates, warrant officers, paralegal noncommissioned officers, junior enlisted personnel, plus civilian para-professionals.

The Army Reserve provides approximately 87 percent of the Army’s legal units and approximately 40 percent of the Army’s attorneys. The command serves the legal needs of the Army Reserve Soldiers, families, and retirees. It also augments the active Army, backfilling units, working at installation legal offices and supporting forward deployed military missions.

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Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises on Fort A.P. Hill

Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment executed training exercises while conducting a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, April 22, 2017.
The training consisted of quick reaction force drills, casualty evacuation exercises, and room-clearing techniques.

“The exercises we conducted today were QRF and room clearing,” said Cpl. Kevin Wilson, a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company. “What QRF means is if any friendly unit is in a tough bond, we’d go out and save them.”

Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises

The Marines trained to improve their basic infantry skills for their upcoming deployment.

“I expect my Marines to learn a lot from the QRF drills,” said Wilson. “They need to quickly be able to put their gear on and bring the fight to the enemy.”

Infantry Marines rely on small unit leadership to ensure every Marine performs to the best of their ability to accomplish the mission.

Cpl. Billy Roberts, a team leader with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, said that leading his fire team is a humbling experience.

“It can be very rewarding when you teach Marines new things,” said Roberts.  “You can see the progress they make since their first run-throughs.”

Anything can happen at any moment in a combat zone, so when it comes to training Marines it’s important that they learn anything they can to speed up reaction time.

“We intend Marines receiving this training to become proficient in combat operations,” said Roberts. “They need to be able to respond quickly to different contingencies at a moment’s notice even if they don’t know five minutes prior what they’ll be doing.”

The training helps Marines better understand their purpose within the Corps.

“I feel that the training is what every single individual Marine needs to take into consideration to become a good warfighter,” said Pfc. Justin Slattin, a radio operator with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company. “The new training that we do every single day will help save lives.”

Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises
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Story by Pfc. Abrey Liggins

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Fort A.P. Hill Firemen and Foresters train for tree-top rescue

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill Fire Captain Samuel H. Hill III sits suspended high above the forest floor between two trees during a five day combined training session where firefighters and foresters learn and practice climbing techniques, ropes and rigging, precision felling, and rescue techniques.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill Fire Captain Samuel H. Hill III sits suspended high above the forest floor between two trees during a five day combined training session where firefighters and foresters learn and practice climbing techniques, ropes and rigging, precision felling, and rescue techniques.

Fort A.P. Hill Fire and Emergency Services along with members of the Forestry Division recently completed a five day combined training session with Rip Tompkins, a certified professional arborist.

This training provided Garrison personnel with various precision skill sets as well as hands-on training scenarios. Firefighters and foresters learned and practiced climbing techniques, ropes and rigging, precision felling, as well as rescue techniques of trapped or injured workers from elevated positions & locations.

Department of Defense agencies as well as other military assets with a similar training mission as Fort A.P. Hill also utilize professional arbor techniques to affect rescue operations.

This type of training has also aided greatly in the forming of the fire departments standard operating procedures for rescue of trapped or injured personnel from elevated locations.

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A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strikes an ISIS-K cave

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strikes an ISIS-K cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan at 7:32 p.m. local time April 13, 2017. The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities. ISIS-K, also known as the Khorasan group, is based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and is composed primarily of former members of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban.

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Holy Wednesday at Liberty Church.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill celebrated Holy Wednesday with a service led by Chaplain Lt. Col. T.M. Wolf at historic Liberty Church.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill celebrated Holy Wednesday with a service led by Chaplain Lt. Col. T.M. Wolf at historic Liberty Church.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill celebrated Holy Wednesday with a service led by Chaplain Lt. Col. T.M. Wolf at historic Liberty Church.

Liberty Baptist Church, an antebellum brick building, was built in 1850. It is a 300-seat chapel that is a nominee for the Virginia Historical Record.

 

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Can I Kiss You SHARP training.

”Can I Kiss you” Program to #fortaphill this past week. #SHARP #CanIKissYou

”Can I Kiss you” Program to #fortaphill this past week. #SHARP #CanIKissYou

 

Mr. Mike Domitrz brought his program to U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill as part of annual SHARP training on April 6, 2017.

Mike is one of the leading experts for transforming our sexual culture to one being built on consent and respect – discussing sexual decision-making, asking first, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

The SHARP Program is a comprehensive integration and transformation of the Army’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program and Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) efforts.

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Fort A.P. Hill accepts the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Award

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award recognizes significant contributions of #fortaphill as an environmental and conservation leader in Virginia.

#usarmy Garrison Fort A.P. Hill was awarded the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Award for land conservation. The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in Virginia.

The Fort A.P. Hill Army Compatible Use Buffer Partnership works collaboratively to cost-share the acquisition of conservation easements or fee simple ownership from willing landowners.

This partnership permanently protects high-value habitats and ecological resources, the historic and rural character of the neighboring landscape, while sustaining Fort A.P. Hill’s military operational readiness by preempting encroachment from incompatible residential development. #sustainment

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