Brig. Gen. William C. Bilo Support Forward Award Presented to B/ 3-265th Leaders

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Capt. Ken Mays and 1st Sgt. William Carlton, commander and first sergeant of Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion 265th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment pose after being presented the prestigious Brigadier General William C. Bilo Forward Support Award, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at their home station in Ft. Myers, Fla. The award recognizes an Army National Guard company grade officer and a noncommissioned officer in operational units whose leadership, performance, and contributions to the Army National Guard Field Artillery or Air Defense Artillery merit national recognition. (Photo by Contributor, Florida Army National Guard)

Story by Staff Sgt. Valeria M. Pete
HHB 164th ADA BDE

FORT. MYERS, Fla. (June 15, 2015) — Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion 265th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment stood tall as they watched their Battery Commander, Capt. Kenneth Mays, and First Sergeant, 1st Sgt. William Carlton, be presented the prestigious Brigadier General William C. Bilo Support Forward Award, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at their home station in Ft. Myers, Fla. Special guests in attendance included Sgt. Maj. Brian Tyler, Fires Center of Excellence’s Army National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor from Fort Sill, Okla., Col. Matthew Hearon, 164th ADA Brigade commander and Lt. Col. Jeff Strickle, 3-265th ADA Battalion commander.

During the ceremony. Sgt. Maj. Tyler congratulated them on a highly successful Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC). The Brig. Gen. Bilo Award recognizes an Army National Guard company grade officer and a noncommissioned officer in operational units whose leadership, performance, and contributions to the Army National Guard Field Artillery or Air Defense Artillery merit national recognition.

Hearon proudly summarized the award presentation in a few words, “I’m very proud of the fact that Captain Mays and First Sergeant Carlton won the William C. Bilo Award, which is an award that is traditionally given to field artillery Soldiers,” said Hearon. “I’m also proud of Bravo Battery completing the first post 9/11 JRTC rotation for air defense in the Army National Guard. This rotation proved how valuable our air defenders are to a Brigade Combat Team.”

Strickle also showed his appreciation, “Captain Mays and First Sergeant Carlton exemplify outstanding leadership that prioritizes teamwork, mission performance, and Soldier care, as was evidenced by their highly successful JRTC rotation,” said Strickle. “I’m very proud of Bravo Battery’s accomplishments and these two leaders’ recognition as the top company grade officer and 1st Sgt. amongst the artillery ranks in the Army National Guard”.

The 3-265th ADA battalion has mobilized Soldiers in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Noble Eagle since Sept 11, 2001, in addition to supported relief efforts in Florida after numerous hurricanes. Bravo Battery continues to maintain a high state of readiness in preparation for any state or federal mission it is called upon to complete.

The Minuteman Cannoneers chartered the Brigadier General William C. Bilo Support Forward Award in 1998 in honor of retired Brig. Gen. William C. Bilo, to foster pride in Artillery heritage. The award recognizes junior leaders from the Army National Guard for outstanding contributions to the Army National Guard Artillery Community, in Field Artillery or Air Defense Artillery. The purpose of this award is to continue to encourage the exemplary service and leadership that Bilo encompassed himself by recognizing emergent artillery leaders.

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