Hawaii-based Logistic Assistance Representative Recognized | Military scene

A logistics assistance representative assigned to the 402nd Aviation Forward Support Battalion in Hawaii has been selected by his colleagues as the Aviation and Missile Command LAR of the Year for 2021.

Roberto “Marcelo” Castro, an Apache electronics LAR, who joined the LAR program just over two years ago, was chosen as the best of the 229 LARs.

The LAR of the Year recognizes the excellence of an individual LAR in five areas: logistics/technical support, improvement of system readiness, improvement of army operations, field support and self-improvement.

AMCOM Commander Maj. Gene. Todd Royar and Command Sgt. maj. Bradford Smith acknowledged Castro on June 13 for his achievements, noting that the LAR’s work is phenomenal in keeping the Army’s aircraft up to readiness standards.

“The coaching, education and guidance you do every day is invaluable. You interact directly with the soldiers and everyone else has a supporting role,” Royar said.

According to Jason Soto, Castro’s branch chief, Castro joined the AMCOM LAR program in November 2019, supporting the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 402nd AFSB in Hawaii.

“He has supported multiple artillery events, joint strength exercises, Pacific Pathways, as well as the US Army Pacific Command in exercises at regional combat training centers,” Soto said. “While the competition was fierce this year, winning AMCOM LAR of the Year was well deserved. Marcello has repeatedly proven to be invaluable to AMCOM, the military and the United States of America.”

Although Castro holds a position as LAR for electronics, he has successfully filled the position of airframe LAR, providing valuable assistance beyond his normal skills and accolades from command, Soto said.

“Castro is outstanding among his peers in providing world-class logistical and technical support to soldiers, civilians and contractors with whom he associates, per his nomination. He is unmatched by his peers in his extensive experience…who served the 25th CAB, the 402nd AFSB and the Apache community to achieve 100% mission success through its direct actions and analysis of complex problems,” said Kevin Fleagle, head of AMCOM G3 -3 and program director LARs.

Castro is known for his ‘can-do’ attitude in his personal and professional life. He takes care of his team and his ever-growing network of friends, colleagues and other professionals. This network helps Castro provide the best support possible, Fleagle said.

At the end of the short ceremony, Castro thanked Royar, Smith and his fellow LARs.

“I hope I can keep doing good things,” he said.

Castro will compete for the Army Materiel Command’s Robertson J. Short Logistics Assistance Representative of the Year Award against other AMC minor command winners. The Short Prize is named for his meritorious contributions, which embody the hallmarks of dedication, devotion, selfless service and honor while serving as an Army Missile Command, or MICOM, LAR. MICOM and the Aviation and Troop Command, or ATCOM, joined AMCOM on July 17, 1997, nearly 25 years ago.

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