Staff Sgt. Dorian Green exemplifies the commitment to and pride in the profession of being a soldier. "This is a profession, not a job," he's often heard to say. With superior knowledge and skills in the training and development of soldiers, he instills strict discipline, giving his people the guidance, mental toughness and insight needed to get the most difficult tasks accomplished. He is an exceptional leader: "absolutely an outstanding NCO" and "he does all the things that a leader does right," say his colleagues and superiors. He shows great concern and care for his soldiers, providing them guidance and direction for both their personal and professional lives. Staff Sgt. Green has set the highest standard of excellence for his platoon and he motivates his soldiers to achieve their full potential.
Leadership sometimes means finding strengths and opportunity where others see weakness. Sgt. 1st Class Joe L. Longinotti did not allow one soldier's weaknesses to hold him back. By working with and retaining a specialist who did not show up for his monthly drills and was slated to be dropped from the unit, Sgt. 1st Class Longinotti found the vigor and motivation needed in that specialist to recruit for the Army Reserve. The specialist went on to receive the Sergeant Major of the Army's SMART program award. A veteran of Desert Storm, Longinotti continues to be engaged with others by visiting veterans at the local VA hospital, providing Christmas baskets for families in need and working with the local youth groups and sports teams. Sgt. 1st Class Longinotti's leadership makes a difference in his Reserve unit as well as in his community.
Service above and beyond the normal realm of duty is an everyday goal for Sgt. 1st Class Roy A. Mickles. He took the initiative to locate serviceable equipment scheduled for disposal, and organized the logistics to bring it to the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, saving $175,000 and eliminating a training bottleneck at the same time. Other examples of his leadership include an innovative program he established to send students to advanced photography training, his efforts spearheading the post's Black History Month observations and his hosting a Zimbabwean officer in his home for 12 weeks. Leading by example and taking on most any job that's needed, Sgt. 1st Class Mickles is a role model for soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines at his joint-service school.