Citizen Airman Cited for Meritorious Service During Afghanistan Deployment
ASHBURN, Va. – May 26, 2009 – A Telos® Corporation employee was recently awarded the Bronze Star for his service while deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the Kansas Air National Guard, where he served as the state command chief master sergeant at the state headquarters in Topeka, Kan.
Chief Master Sgt. John W. Kimball, who is assigned to Telos’ Shrewsbury, N.J. office but lives in Wichita, Kan., served as chief enlisted manager of the 755th Expeditionary Support Squadron, 755th Air Expeditionary Group, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing while engaged in ground combat against an enemy of the U.S. at Camp Phoenix, near Kabul, Afghanistan, from Sept. 2007 to April 2008.
“It was a great honor to have been able to serve the citizens of this wonderful country in such a manner,” said Kimball. “I spent over 38 years serving in traditional Air Force roles, and the opportunity to work with the Army and our coalition partners as part of Joint Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan was a very meaningful way to complete my military career.”
According to the award citation, Kimball aided in the integration of more than 500 airmen into a cohesive unit performing non-traditional roles such as embedded training teams, combat support service teams, brigade support teams and garrison support teams for the U.S. Army and coalition partners at 26 locations throughout Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force. Undaunted in his pursuit of his airmen’s well being, he criss-crossed the battlefield on 80 combat missions to visit them at forward operating bases and remote work sites, putting himself in nearly constant danger.
“We are proud to have John as part of the Telos team,” said Telos CEO John Wood. “His leadership and dedication to duty reflect positively on himself and on his unit, and make him a great asset to our company.”
“I am very grateful for the outstanding support Telos provided during my military mobilization,” Kimball said. “My manager, Melinda Signorella, kept in contact throughout my military leave period and provided moral support. Richard Joyce, vice president for Air Force Strategic Programs, called several times during my combat skills training and offered his assistance for any problems I might encounter during my mobilization.”
Telos has a long-standing tradition of supporting its Guardsmen and Reservists with initiatives such as a military leave policy that pays the difference between the employees’ military and company salary when they are called to active military duty. In August 2008, the company formalized this tradition when Wood signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve, sending a clear message to current and future employees that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.
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