At a ceremony at U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Heritage Theater on Oct. 25, the 97th Civil Affairs Battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company was recognized as USASOC’s nominee for the Army’s Fiscal Year 2012 Supply Excellence Award in the user level supply category for modified table of organization and equipment units.
Key to the battalion’s headquarters company’s recognition was its supply noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Jhonlie Cuis.
The diminutive, soft-spoken NCO served most of her Army career as a supply specialist at Fort Bragg with various 82nd Airborne Division and explosive ordnance disposal units. Her new command challenged her by assigning her to the supply sergeant position that had been vacant for several weeks. Since then, Cuis has redone the unit’s supply system including an office supply center in a set of locked cabinets around her cubicle. Cuis has also spent many hours enforcing supply discipline to manage the hundreds of items on the HHC’s property book, personnel files and, as the battalion’s alternate armorer, the battalion arms room.
“It’s not just ensuring that every night vision goggles is accounted for,” said Cuis. “It’s also about making sure all its subcomponents are correctly aligned, including its lens, housing and straps.”
Besides night vision goggles, Cuis tracked down and corrected all discrepancies she found in the HHC property book.
Cuis’ work was so good that her commander submitted the company for the honor of representing U.S. Army Special Operations Command for the Army-wide Supply Excellence Awards competition.
Competition was keen throughout, according to Chief Warrant Officer Micheal Banks, USASOC’s logistics management officer.
“We look at everything — record management, hand receipt procedures, personnel clothing records, expendable and durable property transactions, daily consumables like pens and papers, signing out property and receipt of items,” Banks said.
“It was her (Cuis) knowledge of logistics, how she ran her supply room, how she answered questions we asked, her compliance with Army standards and her ability to interpret the regulations,” Banks said.
This wasn’t the first time that Cuis had helped her command earn an award. In March, she was instrumental in helping her battalion become the first special operations unit to be certified a Green Boot organization for using best practices to achieve a sustainable environment at Fort Bragg.
Cuis attributes her success to her religious faith that has sustained her since she immigrated to the United States from Samar Island in the Visayas region of the Philippines.
“I give all the credit and glory to God for giving me the wisdom, talent, strength, and for guiding me which contributes to how the supply room is run.”