Two Utah Guard Soldiers

Receive Joint Award in Iraq

 

By Maj. Hank McIntire

Published December 19, 2007

 

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Pfc. Trevor Barney, right, receives the Joint Service Achievement Medal from Gen. David Petraeus, commander of Multnational Forces-Iraq Nov 27.

Photo courtesy of 1-145th Field Artillery

Pfc. Trevor Barney, right, receives the Joint Service Achievement Medal from Gen. David Petraeus, commander of Multnational Forces-Iraq Nov 27.

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq — Sergeant Thomas Payeur, of Kearns, and Pfc. Trevor Barney, of Richfield, both of 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, Utah National Guard, received the Joint Service Achievement Medal Nov. 27 for their role in the discovery of escape tunnels dug by enemy prisoners at Camp Bucca, Iraq. 

General David Petraeus, commanding general of Multinational Forces–Iraq, presented the medals personally to the two Soldiers at a combined awards ceremony.

The Joint Service Achievement Medal is awarded to those members of the United States Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by outstanding performance of duty or meritorious achievement while assigned to a joint activity.

The 450 Soldiers of the 1-145th deployed in June 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit is providing support to detention operations at the camp in southern Iraq, which has the capacity to hold up to 6,000 prisoners.

According to the globalsecurity.org Web site, Camp Bucca is the Coalition's primary facility for enemy prisoners of war.

“The Soldiers of the 1-145th are doing an outstanding job here at Camp Bucca,” said Payeur and Barney’s commander, 1st Lt. Justin Christensen, of  Lehi. “And their diligence is being noticed.”

Photo courtesy of 1-145th Field Artillery

Sgt. Thomas Payeur, center, poses for a photo with Gen. David Petraeus, left, after receiving the  Joint Service Achievement Medal.