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DEVIL STRIKE PARATROOPERS: WINNERS OF THE MAJOR GENERAL OLIVER W. DILLARD AWARD FOR FY 2017.

The MG Oliver W. Dillard Award honors the most outstanding company-size military intelligence (MI) unit assigned to a brigade combat team. Although MG Dillard was an infantry officer during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he was a decorated batalion S-2 in Korea and became U.S. Army Forces Command's (FORSCOM's) first Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G-2) in 1973. He continued his service as an infantry officer within an MI functional area, and as the senior intelligence officer in U.S. Army Europe from 1975 to 1978 he promoted the use of intelligence Soldiers and units at the tactical level. MG Dillard received the Thomas W. Knowlton Award for Intelligence Excellence and is a member of the Army's Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame and the Alabama Military Hall of Honor. MG Dillard symbolizes the promotion of esprit de corps and professionalism in MI units throughout FORSCOM.

COL Ryan M. Janovic, FORSCOM Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, officially designated Delta Company, 127th Airborne Engineer Batalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as the MG Oliver W. Dillard Award recipient for fscal year (FY) 2017. Under the leadership of CPT Miguel A. Urbina and 1SG Harold E. Jarrell, the Soldiers of Delta Company demonstrated excellence in training and support to operations in both garrison and deployed combat environments.

Delta Company paratroopers spent half of FY17 maintaining their focus on individual and unit readiness through their participation in multiple company, batalion, and brigade-level training exercises. While maintaining a high training operational tempo, Delta Company paratroopers provided the bulk of all-source and geospatal intelligence to the brigade intelligence support element, providing daily support and situational understanding to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne commander. Additionally, the Tactical Unmanned Aircraf System Platoon was the first in FORSCOM to complete the 600-fight-hour proficiency requirement.

In June 2017, Delta Company deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentnel. Delta Company task-organized themselves to better support operations and enable aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in four geographically dispersed locations while continuing to man the Kandahar Intelligence Fusion Center. In so doing, Delta Company paratroopers ensured intelligence was effectively nested with operations and enabled increased force protection of U.S. and coalition forces.

The Devil Strike paratroopers of Delta Company, 127th Airborne Engineer Batalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, serve as role models for other FORSCOM intelligence professionals. The company epitomizes esprit de corps and professionalism in the MI Corps and is designated the most outstanding company-size MI unit assigned to a brigade combat team in FY17.

by Major Jason M. Elphick

MAJ Jason Elphick is the Army National Guard advisor to the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G-2. Since 2015, he has worked to integrate and operationalize Army National Guard intelligence equities within FORSCOM. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's in business administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

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Author:Elphick, Major Jason M.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Date:Jul 1, 2018
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