DVIDS – News – Installation Management Command Europe chooses the NCO of the year

WIESBADEN, Germany – US Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Director of Emergency Services Operations Sergeant, Staff Sgt. Brian Meinert, has been selected as Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for Installation Management Command Europe.

“Staff Sgt. Meinert’s nomination and selection as the IMCOM Europe Professional NCO of the Year is an example of the caliber of NCOs we have in our garrison and is indicative of their ability to answer the nation’s call to support any operation or mission. We are proud to have him on our team,” said Headquarters and Company Headquarters 1st Sgt. Richard Brinkley.

“Here at USAG Wiesbaden, we have some of the most committed and capable non-commissioned officers in our army. So it has been proven, with USAG Wiesbaden NCOs being selected by IMCOM Europe Professional NCO of the Quarter, every quarter of FY21 and as FY20 Professional NCO of the Year.

Meinert was the NCO of the Quarter for Q3 FY21 and was selected from all of the NCO of the Quarter recipients from the seven garrisons that make up IMCOM Europe.

The writing of the 3rd quarter submission gives an account of his support and the work he has done during the Defender 21 operations in Lithuania. He was selected by the USAG Wiesbaden Provost Marshal and Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Commander, United States Army Europe and Africa Headquarters to serve as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the integrator of operational support of the base during this operation.

Meinert provided support to elements of the United States Air Force, United
States Space Force and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division while performing Operation Swift Response at Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania.

While in Lithuania, he led the Intermediate Staging Base coordinating efforts with the Lithuanian Defense Forces and the NATO Support and Supply Agency to facilitate the receipt, staging and movement of 3rd BCT , 82nd Abn Division in Estonia for follow-up operations.

In addition, Meinert established a survival zone and operationalized a mayor’s cell that oversaw the “tent city”, a mess hall, an isolation facility, training areas, and a Role 1 medical clinic with personnel and equipment.

While serving in Lithuania, Meinert’s situational awareness and quick action prevented an armed local from monitoring the NATO base and American forces. He faced an immediate life-threatening situation when the man pointed a gun at him and charged at him. While unarmed, he was able to take cover, chased the gunman and detained him with the help of local authorities and Lithuanian military police.

As a result, he halted intelligence gathering efforts, secured all collected data, and turned it over to counterintelligence for review. His actions protected more than 600 American forces but also the hundreds of multinational forces assigned to the base.

Meinert has since moved from DES to the Directorate of Human Resources and serves as the NCO of the Garrison Processing Training Center.

Date taken: 02.10.2022
Date posted: 02.11.2022 08:15
Story ID: 414486

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