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The BG Roy M. "Bud" Strom Award honors the most outstanding company-size military intelligence (MI) unit assigned to an expeditionary-MI brigade or theater support batalion. BG Strom was commissioned as an artillery officer in 1954 and transitioned to MI assignments after his attendance at the Gunnery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He commanded the 519th MI Batalion, 525th MI Group, in Vietnam and subsequently took command of the 4th MI Batalion, 525th MI Group, responsible for intelligence operations in the Delta region. BG Strom's third command was the 18th MI Batalion, 66th MI Group, in Munich, Germany. A graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, he also commanded the 500th MI Brigade, Intelligence and Security Command, at Camp Zama, Japan. In 1982, BG Strom returned to Washington, DC, to become the Army's Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence. His final assignment was to serve as U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, until his retirement in 1985.

COL Ryan M. Janovic, FORSCOM Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, officially designated Bravo Company, 109th Expeditionary MI Batalion, 201st Expeditionary MI Brigade, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, as the inaugural BG Roy M. "Bud" Strom Award winner for fscal year (FY) 2017. Under the leadership of CPT Bryan J. Nesbit and 1SG Marvin J. Meertens, the Soldiers of Bravo Company, 109th Expeditionary MI Batalion, demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the high standards of the MI Corps while serving in training and operational environments.

The centerpiece to any expeditionary MI batalion is its collection capability. Bravo Company achieved the distinction as "top team" in two installation MI master gunner events. Their multifunction teams went on to validate their skills during two brigade combat team rotations through the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. The teams earned accolades from both rotational commanders for their operational contributions. Bravo Company expanded on these training achievements by providing over 740 hours of real-world full motion video processing, exploitation, and dissemination in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Pacific Eagle.

Bravo Company's influence extends beyond its military mission and includes a commitment to each other, the community, and their families. The Bravo Company command team emphasized family readiness through support to the family readiness group and by maintaining steady communication between them and the families. The family readiness group hosted many events, including a barbecue, a "pie-in-the-face" fundraiser, and a springtime Sports Day that included a running clinic. They also won third place in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander's Cup bowling tournament.

Bravo Company Soldiers continue to build unit cohesion and demonstrate their commitment to excellence.

The leaders and Soldiers in Bravo Company, 109th Expeditionary MI Batalion, serve as role models for other FORSCOM units and U.S. Army intelligence professionals. The company epitomizes esprit de corps and professionalism in MI and is the most outstanding company-size MI unit assigned to an expeditionary-MI brigade or theater support batalion 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, Jason M.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2018
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