27 February 2011

Every Day Hero

Meet Major Troy Scott:

U.S. Army National Guard, Troy Scott

"We have the world's largest, baddest army," said Major Troy Scott of the Army National Guard, while explaining how easily stereotypes against other nations' militaries can often arise. "But when you're building a coalition, you have to get past those obstacles."

MAJ Scott ‘s deployment to eastern Afghanistan in 2008- his first and for which he has received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his service- was spent in the company of those whom many back home may not have expected. Two thirds of the "Herculean" Task Force he commanded were members of the Polish military brigade - not American soldiers.

MAJ Scott was assigned as Senior U.S. Advisor to the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan, operating as the Deputy Commander of the 1200 man Task Force White Eagle- predominately Poles- from March 2008 to October 2008. It was the only coalition battalion-size task force under the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division.

On October 31, 2008 the Polish Military Contingent assumed responsibility of their own Brigade battle space, with MAJ Scott continuing on as advisor to the Polish brigade.

Said MAJ Scott, "Sometimes U.S. Forces, we look at ourselves- and rightly so- as a superior force." But, he explained, to watch one of our NATO partners (particularly the Poles) operate in Afghanistan and exceed expectations proved to be a tremendously gratifying experience

There has been a further impact to maintaining such a partnership as well. Keeping the Poles in Afghanistan allows the U.S. to keep 3 times the number of our soldiers out of Afghanistan.

"The value is expediential- a combat multiplier," he said.

It was MAJ Scott's job to ensure that the American expectations were understandable for the Poles, for whom English was not their second language, but their third. Scott, who had no previous experience with the Polish military or even the Polish language, observed the melding of two differing armies and cultures, fighting alongside one another for a shared goal in a foreign space.

Learning the land and history of the region was key to both MAJ Scott and his Task Force. During his deployment, his brigade participated in the largest coalition movement of personnel in Afghanistan, moving battle spaces from the Paktika province to the Ghazni province.

"You have to be a little bit politician, engineer, city planner, lawyer," described MAJ Scott.

For his service and leadership, MAJ Scott has also been recommended for the Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross.

(source DoD )

Back in December, 2009, CJ named Major Scott Soldier of the Week on YouServed. Go here and read more about the Major. You can also find a YouTube radio interview Major Scott did on the Martha Zoller Show here.

In April 2009, the American Red Cross also honoured Major Scott:

Red Cross praises Guardsman for heroism

Major also nominated for Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star

Posted Apr 17, 2009 @ 11:16 PM


Like many veterans, Maj. Troy Scott is uncomfortable being called a hero.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross, however, doesn’t have a problem heaping praise on him.

Friday, Scott was one of a dozen people singled out by the Illinois Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross during its annual Hero’s Breakfast. Scott got the military award, while others from the health-care and education fields were recognized as well — as workplace heroes, youth heroes and civic heroes.

Kyle Belz, interim CEO for the local Red Cross chapter, said the annual breakfast is a way to share the stories of some amazing people.

“These stories of courage, compassion and resilience reveal to us what the spirit of community is all about. We hope that by sharing these stories, people will be inspired,” Belz said.

Scott, of Springfield, returned home a few weeks ago after spending about a year in Afghanistan with the Illinois National Guard. During that time, his actions on the battlefield earned him nominations for the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star.

The Distinguished Service Cross is America’s second-highest military honor.

The fight that prompted the nomination occurred Jan. 6. Scott was leading a coalition force into an Afghan village that had been the site of an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade attack the day before.

Scott said he doesn’t like to talk about the incident, so he instead supplied an Army narrative...

Go read the rest here.

Thank you for your service, Major Scott!

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