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Hard work by one Soldier leaves a historical marker

KUWAIT NAVAL BASE, Kuwait - Hard work and a strong commitment to the unit do not go unrecognized in the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery (1-125 FA)

Spc Christian Dale Wilson of St Peter, Minn, base support specialist, 1-125 headquarters, was recognized as one of the 1-125 FA's best Soldiers Sept 6, 2011 Lt Gen J Michael Bednarek, commander, First Army Division, presented Spc Wilson with a three-star coin to commemorate the event Spc Wilson was chosen above all other Soldiers in the battalion for his commitment to duty and outstanding performance

Spc Wilson works in the Mayor Cell here at Camp Patriot as a base support specialist His primary duty is carpentry work So far, Spc Wilson has completed more than 100 work orders that have been submitted to the base support office These include building stairs, storage sheds, shaded break areas, and fuel containment systems He is also the primary forklift operator for jobs that require it



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"It's astounding the number of jobs he completes on a day-to-day basis His motor never stops His work ethic is second to none," said 1st Sgt James Bentson, 1-125 headquarters battery first sergeant

On top of his day-to-day duties, Spc Wilson designed and constructed a monument for the battalion that was unveiled Oct 6, 2011 Spc Wilson presented the monument to the Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Troy Soukup and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt Maj Joseph Eustice Spc Wilson then described his creation for the commander, the command sergeant major, and the HHB Soldiers He chose the phrase "the famous" because the Red Bulls are known throughout the military world for the longest deployments of both World War II and Operation Iraqi Freedom "Faithful" is the motto of the 1-125 FA The red background of Lt. Col. Soukup's nameplate represents the color of the field artillery The black background of Command Sgt Maj Eustice's nameplate represents a solid foundation for the battalion

The monument sits underneath the Minnesota state flag in the courtyard

A plaque that was already present at the base of the flagpole reads "In memory of our fallen comrades in arms so others may live"

One Soldier commented that those words fit perfectly with the monument to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by Red Bulls in the past The "Red Bull" moniker comes from World War II During the war, German soldiers called members of the 34th Infantry Division "red devils" and "red bulls" for their tenacity in battle The latter nickname stuck

On the civilian side, Spc Wilson works in construction management and heavy equipment operation He has been in the National Guard for over 15 years This is his third deployment

6 Oct, 2011
By 1st Lt Sean Carstensen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division






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