missions, keeping critical supply
routes safe for coalition convoys.
Miller used his personnel and equipment resources to provide base operation and combat service support for
more than 250 Marines, sailors and
soldiers stationed aboard the base
and three other small camps along
the Iraqi border.
The Gen. Gerald C.
Thomas Award for
■ MARINE CORPS GUNNERY
SGT. MARCUS D. WILSON
As platoon sergeant with Company
E, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, Regi-
ment Combat Team 2 in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Wilson
led his Marines on more than 80
mounted patrols and 50 Quick
Response Force calls to evacuate
casualties from the battlefield, often
under fire from Anti-Iraqi Forces.
Throughout this period, Wilson
demonstrated courage under fire
and composed, level-headed leader-
ship in the most chaotic situations.
He was critically wounded and lost a
leg in an IED blast that killed two
other Marines in Haditha City.
While recovering stateside, Wilson
dedicated his time not spent in ther-
apy to inspire and lead Marines at
Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter
Reed Army Medical Center to recov-
er and return to an active life.
The Rear Adm. William S.
Parsons Award for
Scientific and Technical
■ NAVAL ARCHITECT
BRUCE D. WINTERSTEEN
For more than 25 years, Wintersteen
has worked on the development of
the Advanced Ship and Submarine
Evaluation Tool (ASSET) with the
Naval Surface Warfare Center,
Carderock Division. As the ASSET
project manager, his attention to
new design, analysis and business
practices — and how to apply them
to reduce ship design and produc-
tion costs, increase productivity and
improve performance — has made
ASSET one of the most widely
known and respected ship design
tools for Navy and commercial shipbuilders. Wintersteen also has been
actively engaged in educating, training and mentoring the next generation of naval architects and Marine
engineers for the U.S. Navy.
The Stephen Decatur
Award for Operational
■ NAVY LT. WILLIAM FIACK
As Riverine Task Unit 2 command-
er, Fiack was pivotal in the estab-
lishment of the first Riverine Task
Force Unit assigned to support the
Joint Special Operations Task Force
in central Iraq. He planned and led
more than 40 special operations
missions, including surveillance
and reconnaissance and the inser-
tion and extraction of special oper-
ations ground forces. Upon his
relief and return to Special Boat
Team 22 headquarters, Fiack uti-
lized his tactical experience to fur-
ther develop the team’s training reg-
imen. He led a 40-man cadre in the
implementation of advanced river-
ine tactics for the next two Task
Units preparing to deploy to Iraq.
The Gen. Holland M.
Smith Award for
■ MARINE LT. COL. JOSEPH T.
While the battalion operations offi-
cer for 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines
and Task Force 2/3, Regimental
Combat Team 2, II Marine Expe-
ditionary Force (Forward), Mc-
Cloud developed a plan to deny the
use of the Euphrates River to Anti-
Iraqi Forces while opening it up to
coalition units. During operations
“Create Gap” and “Drop Jaws,” bar-
riers were removed to coalition
riverine craft, enabling the task force
to cut off Anti-Iraqi Forces move-
ment on the river and clear islands
SANDY HUFFAKER JR.
Margaret McCloud accepts the Gen.
Holland M. Smith Award for Operational Competence on behalf of her
late husband, Marine Lt. Col. Joseph T.
McCloud, from Kelly and Panneton.
McCloud died in a helicopter crash
while serving in Iraq in December 2006.
of weapons and munitions caches.
McCloud also developed the battalion’s scheme of maneuver as part of
Operation Al Majid in the western
Euphrates River valley that established traffic control points to control access and platoon combat outposts to put Marines and Iraqi police
in closer contact with the local
populace. The efforts saw a drop in
Anti-Iraqi Forces attacks from 13
per day to less than one. McCloud
was killed Dec. 3, 2006, when the
helicopter he was traveling in
crashed into Lake Qadisiyah. The
award was accepted by his wife,
The Alfred Thayer Mahan
Award for Literary
■ NAVY CMDR. HENRY J.
A prolific author who currently is
serving as the commanding officer
of Tactical Air Control Squadron
11, Hendrix has had 15 articles
published in professional journals
in the last seven years, and made
two chapter contributions to book-
length works. He recently has pub-
lished several articles relating to
maritime strategy, along with its
application in thinking about and
proposing solutions for emerging
national security issues. Hendrix
now is finishing the requirements