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Posted By on Sat, Dec 15, 2007 at 8:53 PM


We need a change of pace. And this just struck me as interesting, a news release from proud Arkansas parents about their son, awarded the Bronze Star for service in Iraq. He's a staff sergeant in charge of kitchen operations. That's not as easy as you might think. Read on about Grant Beyers (pictured with Al Roker) on the jump.


Camp Fallujah, Iraq
October 31, 2007
Staff Sergeant Grant L. Beyers has been awarded the "Bronze Star Medal" for exceptional meritorious service while serving as the Battalion's Senior Food Operations Sergeant and Class V (ammunitions)  NCOIC (Non Commissioned Officer In Charge).   Staff Sergeant Beyers' performance greatly contributed to the mission of the 3-509th IN BN (ABN)  (Infantry Battalion- Airborne ) during Operation Iraqi Freedom and in keeping with the highest traditions of the 75th Support Battalion (ABN) (Airborne ), the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
The following narrative accompanied the Award.
" Staff Sergeant Grant Beyers, United States Army, distinguished himself by exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States Army as the Battalion's Senior Food Operations Sergeant and Primary Class IV NCOIC in Foxtrot Company, 725th SPT BN (ABN) (Support Battalion - Airborne ), Camp Fallujah, from 6 October 2006 to 1 December 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom .

Staff Sergeant Beyers' ability to multifunction logistically has been unsurpassed by any technical expert in the food service operational career field.  Upon arrival in Iraq (for his second tour ), he was selected to be a section leader in the distribution platoon that provided an integral role to the maneuver units that it supported.  Operating outside his MOS (Military Occupational Status ), he immediately adapted and excelled as a convoy commander .  He quickly learned to navigate dangerous main an alternate supply routes with zero loss of personnel or equipment .  Staff Sergeant Beyers served as a convoy commander for over 20 missions within a short three month period, he proved himself as a logistical warrior .

In conjunction with his convoy duties, Staff Sergeant Beyers was again tasked outside of his MOS to become the primary Class V NCOIC for the battalion  He was personally responsible for storing, ordering, inventorying, and transporting over $3,000,000 worth of Class V (ammunitions) and equipment to every company in the Battalion.  Three months into deployment, Task Force 3-509th IN BN (ABN) was sent to aide in combat operations northeast of Fallujah, Iraq.

Staff Sergeant Beyers was sent forward to provide food service at five observation posts within a 20 mile span from Camp Fallujah.  Upon his arrival at the new area of operation, Staff Sergeant Beyers continued to display his selfless service by volunteering to permanently occupy and operate out of an observation post, far removed from any comforts or safety of Camp Fallujah.  Operating in very austere conditions, often with no electricity or light (or hot water ), and susceptible to hostile fire at any time, Staff Sergeant Beyers orchestrated serving three hot meals a day to over 200 Soldiers, Marines, and Iraqi Police.  His expertise and knowledge created a well united food service and supply chain operation that worked effectively through coordinating with two different branches of service and civilian contractors.

His professionalism and dedication to duty was instrumental to the timely delivery of several classes of supply and was the spearhead to providing critical logistical support to the 3-509th IN BN (ABN).  Whether it was Class 1 (food), Class V (ammunitions), or transporting paratroopers to their objective, Staff Sergeant Beyers played a major role in the critical sustainment of combat operations in two different areas of operations.  Staff Sergeant Beyers has not only demonstrated exceptionally strong leadership skills and traits, but also the wisdom, judgment, and maturity of more senior non-commissioned officers, all while serving under the stresses of an extremely hostile environment.

His actions are in the keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, this command, and the United States Army."

For "Actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy" on 17 January 2007 the "Combat Action Badge" was awarded to Staff Sergeant Beyers.

While a Food Preparation Instructor at Fort Lee, VA, Staff Sergeant Beyers was selected to appear on the Food Network show "Roker on the Road" and demonstrated Army cooking to the host, Al Roker on August 26, 2005.

Staff Sergeant Beyers was promoted to Sergeant First Class, E-7, on 1 November 2007 and returned to Fort Richardson, AK on Thanksgiving Day, 22 November 2007.

The Son of Benton residents George & Donna Beyers, Sergeant First Class Beyers has 3 children, Jacquline, 14; Katelynn, 12; and Garrett,  7, all residing in Raleigh, NC.   Early 2008, Sergeant First Class Beyers will relocate there with a transfer to the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, NC.


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