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Sergeant Angel V. Guanlao 2017 recipient Command Sergeant Major Doug Russell award for excellence in military intelligence.

The Command Sergeant Major Doug Russell Award was created in 2001 in honor of an esteemed noncommissioned officer who personified the integrity, moral courage, and loyalty espoused in the NCO Creed. CSM Russell served in uniform for 32 years, followed by 14 years as the Director of NCO and Enlisted Affairs, Director of Retiree Activities in the Association of the U.S. Army, and President of the American Military Society. The award is presented annually to an outstanding Soldier in the rank of sergeant or below, who has made a significant contribution to the MI Corps.



SGT Angel Guanlao was born in Pampanga, Philippines, and raised in Seattle, Washington. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in January 2012 and attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Afterwards, he went on to Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he graduated with honors as a 35T, Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator.

SGT Guanlao's previous assignment from 2013-2015 was with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 719th Military Intelligence Battalion, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. He was assigned as the lead intelligence systems technician on Forward Detachment J situated on Goryeo-san Mountain along South Korea's Demilitarized Zone. During this assignment, SGT Guanlao participated in multiple exercises and drills with the South Korean Army and Marines. He attended the Basic Leader Course at Camp Jackson, South Korea, in 2014. He graduated on the Commandant's List and was named the Commandant's Inspection winner for his cycle.

In 2015, SGT Guanlao was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 24th Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, as the intelligence and electronic warfare noncommissioned officer in charge. He maintained intelligence systems in support of unified land operations across the U.S. European Command theater, regionally aligned forces, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Allied and partner nations. In the absence of a sergeant first class and despite being resourced at less than 20 percent personnel strength, SGT Guanlao forged a team of systems maintainer/integrator Soldiers, field software engineers, intelligence architecture, and knowledge management personnel that earned accolades from theater-level senior intelligence leaders throughout 2016.

As a result of SGT Guanlao's technical acumen, he led his Intelligence and Electronic Warfare (IEW) Section in improving the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade's operational readiness and theater intelligence posture by providing exceptional Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) brain services. He expanded support to unified action partners, two major Army Service component commands, two multinational headquarters, regionally aligned forces, and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. His section maintained more than 200 mission critical DCGS-A systems, 550 work stations, 90 servers, and 50 tactical systems across five network domains at an unprecedented 100 percent operational readiness rate. SGT Guanlao's systems maintenance team developed procedures for the remote installation of security software updates and patches that facilitated the transmission of DCGS-A data over the Global Rapid Response Information Package and Broadband Global Area Network Systems. This innovative solution enabled the XVIII Airborne Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command to utilize time-sensitive intelligence to conduct uninterrupted unified land operations in the U.S. Central Command area of operations; a program now implemented Army wide. Additionally, his IEW Section implemented the $28 million dollar upgrade and accreditation of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command's first Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System DCGS-A brain system.

In addition to his technical expertise, SGT Guanlao's dedication to his Soldiers was reflected in everyday leadership as he continuously exceeded mission expectations and led his Soldiers to receive Platoon of the Quarter three times in 2016.

SGT Guanlao's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon. SGT Guanlao has also been awarded the German Armed Forces Marksmanship Badge qualifying Bronze.
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Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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