The 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment's 'TOP' NCO

 

By Sgt. Whitney C. Houston

128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

Published May 4, 2008

 

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1st Sgt. Robert Logan, 128th MPAD, talks about his Soldiers during predeployment training at the Public Affairs Office, Fort Dix, N.J.

Photo by Sgt. Whitney C. Houston

1st Sgt. Robert Logan, 128th MPAD, talks about his Soldiers during predeployment training at the Public Affairs Office, Fort Dix, N.J.

FORT DIX, N.J.— After having been involved with Special Operations and Intelligence for more than 20 years, 1st Sgt. Robert A. Logan of the 19th Special Forces Group's Support Company, Camp Williams, Utah, has been assigned to lead the 128th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of Draper, Utah, as their detachment “Top.” Logan and the 128th are headed to Iraq.

 

Maj. Lorraine Januzelli of Salt Lake City, commander of the128th, said that “Top” was chosen by many high-ranking personnel from the State of Utah from a pool of about 15 first sergeants. She mentioned further that two of those high-ranking personnel were Brig. Gen. Jefferson Burton, Assistant Adjutant General — Army,  and 97th Troop Command’s Command Sgt. Maj. Raelynn Oman.

 

 “That tells you a lot about the impression that he’s made on some of the senior leadership in the National Guard and how much they wanted the mission for the 128th to succeed,” stated Januzelli.

 

When Logan was asked why he was nominated to be the first sergeant of an MPAD he simply stated, “I’ve experienced everything that could happen both good and bad for a first sergeant within a company.”

 

Logan has a very paternal, "folksy style,” said Januzelli. She went on to say that his quiet demeanor does not do justice to his ability to prioritize or to critically think out difficult scenarios.

 

“Top” describes his mission as “making sure that our Soldiers have what they need, can accomplish their mission, keep the minutiae part of the military off their backs and get them home safe.”

 

In essence, he will be working hand in hand with his Soldiers and will be making sure that they are doing what they are supposed to do. He will lead and mentor his Soldiers by helping them to integrate with other units to get the stories that they will need to cover. And he will act as a shield and a leader to keep unnecessary distractions out of the picture.

 

1st Sgt. Robert Logan in full "battle rattle" at Practical Training Base Victory, Fort Dix, N.J., Apr. 18.

Photo by Sgt. Whitney C. Houston

1st Sgt. Robert Logan in full "battle rattle" at

Practical Training Base Victory, Fort Dix, N.J., Apr. 18.

1st Sgt. Robert Logan, left, with his family prior to  departure for Fort Dix, N.J., Mar. 21.

Photo by Sgt. Whitney C. Houston

1st Sgt. Robert Logan, left, with his family prior to

 departure for Fort Dix, N.J., Mar. 21.