SFC Joseph S. Wertz

February 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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SFC Wertz

Above is SFC Joseph S. Wertz, the newest soldier to be added to our Troop Support network.  SFC Wertz will join us in our Easter / Passover Shipment 2013. Below is his biography prepared by the Army.


SERGEANT FIRST CLASS JOSEPH S. WERTZ
UNIT BIOGRAPHY

Sergeant First Class Joseph Wertz was born 8 July, 1981 in Maricopa, Arizona. He graduated from North County High School, Glen Burnie, MD, June 1999 and subsequently enlisted in the United States Army.

Sergeant First Class Wertz’s previous assignments were exceptionally diverse and distinguished. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia for MOS 11B Infantry man. In October of 1999, he successfully completed Airborne Training and then immediately began the Ranger Indoctrination Program. After being accepted into the 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, he attended Ranger School and graduated in February 2001. While serving with Ranger Battalion, he deployed in October 2001, in support of OEF I, where he was among the first 200 Soldiers to do a combat jump into Afghanistan-the first since Panama signifying the official start of the Global War on Terror. He was then assigned to the 2-29th Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he attended Sniper School and Warrior Leads Course. At WLC, he received the Glenn E. Merrill Award of Physical Excellence. After competing in the 2nd International Sniper Competition, he was then asked to become a Sniper Instructor. After Sniper School he moved to Fort Stewart, Georgia and became a Bradley Commander for 1st Brigade, 3rd ID and deployed in support of OIF III. While deployed, he assumed the Sniper Section of the 3rd Battalion 69th Armor Regiment and was noted for stopping IED’s along the southern by-pass of Samarra, Iraq for 59 days. After leaving Fort Stewart, SFC Wertz then assumed a new title, Ranger Instructor. He would perform duties as a Ranger Instructor from May 2006-Mar2010.

Sergeant First Class Wertz most recent assignment as 3rd Platoon’s Platoon Sergeant for B Company, 3rd Battalion 15 Infantry, 4th IBCT, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. SFC Wertz is currently operating as Bravo Company’s First Sergeant. Since being at Fort Stewart, Georgia he has deployed in support of OIF IX and Operation New Dawn. SFC Wertz has held every Infantry man position from Rifleman to Company First Sergeant.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement medal with four oak leaf clusters, four Good Conduct Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal (4CSS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2CSS, 1 Arrowhead Device), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, NCOES medal (numeral 3), Army Overseas Ribbon (numeral 2), and the National Defense Service Medal. His decorations include the coveted Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star device, German Jump Wings, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Infantryman’s Badge. Sergeant First Class Wertz is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

 

 

 

2013 Valentine’s / St. Patrick’s Day Shipment On It’s Way!

February 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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We had 4 volunteers at the “Packing Party” on Friday, February 1, 2013:

George Lauer
Janice Lauer
Lauren McComb
Tonya McComb

We managed to prepare 12 priority boxes, 2 each for our 6 service members:

Michael Biggers
Sgt Shalamar Brewington
AWS2 Edwards, Nathaniel
Russell Gray
Anthony Hart, CS2
SGT Kline, Ethan

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Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

 

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

 

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

 

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

 

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

 

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

Cards from Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center and School.

 

Caramel corn and cards from Gina Atkinson.

Caramel corn and cards from Gina Atkinson.

 

Cards from Janice Lauer.

Cards from Janice Lauer.

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Some of the decorations.

Some of the decorations.

 

Boxes  with cards that were addressed to specific people, customized package inserts, and custom forms all sorted for each recipient .

Boxes with cards that were addressed to specific people, customized package inserts, and custom forms all sorted for each recipient .

 

Janice Lauer packing boxes.

Janice Lauer packing boxes.

 

Goodies unpacked and sorted.

Goodies unpacked and sorted.

 

Janice Lauer, Tonya McComb, and Lauren McComb.

Janice Lauer, Tonya McComb, and Lauren McComb.

 

Stuffed animals from Marti Thruston.

Stuffed animals from Marti Thruston.

 

Lauren McComb Civil Air Patrol Cadet, with Ronald Beller Civil Air Patrol Commander.

Lauren McComb Civil Air Patrol Cadet, with Ronald Beller Civil Air Patrol Commander.

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Boxes getting packaed.

Boxes getting packaed.

 

Janice Lauer, Tonya McComb, and Lauren McComb.

Janice Lauer, Tonya McComb, and Lauren McComb.

 

Tonya McComb, Lauren McComb and Janice Lauer.  Taping boxes closed.

Tonya McComb, Lauren McComb and Janice Lauer. Taping boxes closed.

 

Janice Lauer delivering boxes at post office.

Janice Lauer delivering boxes at post office.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this shipment!

As long as our precious children are in harm’s way protecting us, showing them we care is the least we can do for them. Please, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.