Battalion Commander Receives Silver Star For Gallantly Doing Job, Bravely Supervising TOC

Army Officer Giving A Speech

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.


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19 Comments

  1. 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.

    • 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 . . .

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 😀

  4. Now we just need the article for the chairborne ranger officers who land in country long enough for lunch and a combat patch

    • 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

      • 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 . . .

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

    • 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.

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