Battalion Commander Receives Silver Star For Gallantly Doing Job, Bravely Supervising TOC Paul August 15, 2012 Army 40 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: FORT BLISS, TX – A U.S. Army infantry battalion commander received the Silver Star today for “gallantly carrying out his billet description to the letter” while deployed to Afghanistan last year, according to his award citation. Lt. Col. Jimmy Matthews, currently assigned as the leader of 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, was honored to receive the nation’s third-highest award for his actions during a year-long deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Matthews’ award was submitted by his higher brigade commander Col. Alan Johnson, based on a write-up he solicited from Lt. Col. Matthews. “This really is something special, I have to say,” said Matthews after his award presentation. “When the Colonel said he was putting me up for an award, I was completely shocked. I really had no idea. He originally put it in for the Medal of Honor, but this will certainly do.” As the leader of his unit, Matthews followed his job description to the tee. Unlike many of his colleagues who shamefully did more than their jobs required, Matthews “stuck to his guns”, according to his summary of action — putting together harrowing hour-long meetings, daringly supervising a Tactical Operations Center (TOC), and courageously mentoring his junior soldiers. “The colonel definitely deserves this award more than anyone,” said Capt. Steven Hendrix, a company commander in the battalion. “We had a lot of cases of soldiers going above and beyond their duties — really going way outside what their jobs were all about. But he really set the example.” An enlisted machine-gunner in the battalion agreed. “I have three combat tours and have seen some really amazing things from my fellow soldiers,” said Specialist James Bruster. “But I think they were all medal chasers. Luckily our higher-ups are really good at spotting these ‘cowboys’ and making sure they don’t get anything. But the colonel — we know he’s not looking for any recognition.” Bruster continued: “It really is a good thing that when you do your job exactly as required — the Army will reward you.” Another soldier in the battalion was still angered at the award being reduced. “It’s really a shame that he didn’t get the Medal of Honor,” said Sergeant Ian Wyland, a team leader who was recently awarded the Army Achievement Medal after being recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross. “Lt. Col. Matthews clearly did what was asked of him. The Army shouldn’t shortchange him in return.” Matthews’ wife Joanne also received the Outstanding Civilian Award and was meritoriously promoted to Chief Master Spouse. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/AlZz1 John Milam says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM what did he do? put a band aid on a paper cut? Jonn Lilyea says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM Chief Master Spouse should be a thing. Mike Harris says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM I see what you did with the ending. stoke of genius. Edward Murphy says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM Is this a joke? Someone told me doggies get a ribbon for basic training too. Joshua Browning says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM LMAO reminds me of an Officer that was in Ramadi with me who tried to get a Bronze Star even though he did everything in his power not to get into the fight and missing missions because of oversleeping to name a few. Travis IPl says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM hahahahah Stuff My Puppy Wrecked says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM They’re making fun of the enlisted broad who got the bronze star for being the finance chick over in Afg. ( I can’t find the article). Chris Watson says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM “LTC Matthews’ award was submitted by his higher brigade commander Colonel Alan Johnson, based on a write-up he solicited from LTC Matthews”. – Yep, that OER can’t read anything less than perfect. Assholes… ; Mark Chandler says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM Sounds like Macarthur’s MOH! James Davey says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM This is freaking brilliant. As an NCO I saw this shit all the time, and it sickened me. After my second tour, I got awarded an ARCOM even though I served in an E-7 slot as NCOIC of a medical clinic that serviced Sadr city, as the unit armorer, *and* led 4 or 5 MASCAL responses. Soup Sandwiches all around. Rob Masi says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM That is hilarious. So true about army handing stuff out for no reason or giving it to a lesser. What killed me was the CMS and the metal affiliated. David A Moore says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM Glad that you pointed this out. Thanks. Josh O'Rendain says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM Haha! The unit in the picture is the exact unit/deployment I was in! Jerry Beingesser says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM I realize this is satire but it ain’t to far from the truth. Keep snapping necks Paul. David Cho says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM Awesome…My, how I love this site… Victor Retana says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM Sad Eric T. Deem says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM If this isn’t about the truth…knew a Platoon Sergeant in Desert Storm I, that was awarded a Bronze Star…for ensuring nobody got hurt the whole time they were in the theater of operations while in the rear area…. Roby W Esq says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM I thought this was a satirical website like the onion. How did a real article get in here? Eric Hortin says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM This rings a bell… During the first Gulf War, I sat in on a ceremony where two Soldiers received Army Commendation Medals for clearing a minefield while under fire. The MSG who supervised the unit porta-potty contract… he got a Bronze Star. I also had a LTC who put himself in for a Bronze Start (and got it) for sitting in the rear during World War Panama (Just Cause), while he denied and downgraded medals from Soldiers in his battalion who were getting shot and carrying other wounded Soldiers to safety. Don’t laugh too hard at this article… this crap really happens out there. David A Applegate says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM who even cares about medals? it’s all about coming back home and hooking up with the ladies. on mid-tour leave from afghanistan I once got this girl that I had known from high school alone with me one night. I was trying to close the deal but she was all iffy and unsure if she wanted to go through with it, so I gave my best hollywood 1000 meter stare out into the darkness so she would know I’m deep and complex, and that I’d been through things she would never understand. then I met her face to face, piercing into her soul with my combat eyes, and said with authority “i’m a goddamn war veteran”. needless to say it worked flawlessly. the things she did with me that night were far more rewarding than any medal or ribbon the military could have put on my chest. David A Moore says: January 3, 2014 at 3:09 AM A Silver Star for doing your job? You have got to be kidding me! If he had been shot several times while leading some patrols that would be a different story, the they wanted to give him the CMH for doing his job? Who are these Bozo’s? It’s an insult to all those who went in harms way everyday and got nothing and this guy gets a Silver Star for just doing his job….I think I am going to be ill. Red Cleanser says: October 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM I’m still waiting to meet the BC who wears a V device on his LOM Doc E says: August 25, 2012 at 3:02 AM Funny how you picked 4-6 INF, 4-1 AD out of Bliss, because this is exactly what happened when that unit got back from Iraq last year. While us RCP guys cleared the roads every single day and received nothing more than an AAM (not even technically a combat award), every single BDE personnel got an ARCOM for never leaving the FOB, and every single staff officer got a Bronze Star or higher for doing absolutely nothing. Good choice of unit. CPT 2003 says: August 30, 2012 at 11:40 AM Well, in the ‘Great Place” the LTCs passed out the BSMs to each other and coordinated with the higher headquarters for the BDE Commander to get his. The Captains on staff got nothing for the deployment (other than the right sleeve patch) – but I was able to champion a BSM for my NCO (who actually worked his *$#& off downrange. After leaving that toxic command, I was able to get that tour rolled up with other stuff for an MSM as I left Hood – it was mailed to me – and I had to get a DD215 to complete the record . . . Paul says: October 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM Had no idea. Just picked an INF unit and ran with it. Pretty sad when a TDB story meant to poke fun at reality actually is reality. Mark Matteson says: August 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM My unit did the exact same thing, all E7s and above Bronze Stars, plus whatever else they felt comfortable passing out to each other, what a joke, I had always thought you had to earn your medals.., and the ones that earned them, didnt get them. SearedEyes says: August 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM I thought this website had fake stories. Now that they’ve actually posted a real story, we’ll never know whether or not their stories are true. Way to go TDB. Non_Sequitur says: August 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM Think of it more as a Life-Time Achievement Award…lol! Chris MP says: August 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM Now we just need the article for the chairborne ranger officers who land in country long enough for lunch and a combat patch Jake says: August 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM lmao…you WISH you were a RANGER…MP’s are worthless…plenty of enlisted over here in the sandbox not doing much either…75th RLTW celticairborne says: September 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM A true Ranger would understand the usage of the term chairborne ranger. It’s a term of disparagement for those people who think they’re hotshit but spend all their time at a desk as opposed to those who _are_ hotshit and _have_ to spend all their time at a desk. By your comment I’m not sure if you are a Ranger or just a keyboard ranger. Either way stop the nerd rage and, like most who post here, think before you type. Michelle Lotz-lynch says: August 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM Too bad this is the actual truth and not in fact satire this time. Fucking douchebag officers and senior NCO’s do nothing but sit on their asses while joes are outside the wire every minute of the day and they get shit on. During OEF 1 we named our commander SEAL for “Sir Eats A Lot….I hated that bastard. Would only give e4’s and below AAM’s, e5’s and e6’s ARCOMs and above that BSM’s….it’s weird that only people who never went out the wire were the first ones to get those nifty black coats (this was when the first came out) while we froze our asses off. Don’t get me going….fuck 10th mtn div! Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: August 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM I am still waiting… Bill Cooper says: August 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM I got a LOM for dodging deployment to God’s Monkey House for 6 years until I quit being retired in place and actually retired. CPT 2003 says: August 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM This was a hoot – sadly, not far from reality – while we were not exactly in the rear in 2003 (Baghdad, Tikrit, Ballad, Tuz) we were not exaclty at the front either (as close to it as a BDE HQ could be) – the staff (CPTs) got nothing (other than a right sleeve patch and a GWOT) while primaries (the LTCs) and the COL got BSMs, etc. as well – it seems to be the way of it – pass em out with the rations . . . DarthKane says: August 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM 8 year USMC vet here. I did one tour in Iraq and my squadron (MWSS-271) CO was awarded a bronze star when we got back stateside, he was given his medal during a/his change of command ceremony inside an aircraft hanger due to rain. I think the CO should have gotten a Navy and Marine achievement medal (NAM). So inside the hanger he gets his “Medal” then starts giving his 20 minute long speech, but dip-shit failed to realize that the sound was echoing off the walls so badly they no one could understand WTF he was saying. One thing I never liked about this CO was that he never remembered my name, every time he would he leave his office and went out to talk to his squadron he would have to read my name off my uniform, or if I was wearing coveralls he would just call me by rank… Meanwhile SGTMJR Bellis knew my name. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: August 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM Finally an officer getting the recognition he deserves for the hard work and sacrifice he deserves! It is difficult filling out paperwork and telling the SGM to make sure that your policies are being carried out! Hell if he went out on two patrols he was exceeding the standard! I know that muffin will be jealous that his wife was Promoted to Senior Master Spouse ahead of the curve, but I will have to make her understand before the next FRG meeting. OUTSTANDING JOB, Ltc Jimmy Mathews! Major Major Major says: August 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM Hear, hear! I know and admire LTC Mathews. His dedication to the bottom line and selfless service to endless meetings, inspections and briefings is beyond measure. Thank God we are rewarding these true leaders. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: August 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM Hell yeah! Eric Beasley says: August 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM I thought this was fake news. BCs always get a Silver Star for their office-chair deployments.