Texas Army MARS held their annual State meeting at Camp Mabry Austin, Texas on October 8, 2011. During this meeting Lew Thompson/AAA6TX (Texas Army MARS State Director) was honored and presented two citations by Brian S. Attaway GS-13 Acting J6/CIO for his outstanding service.
The first citation was presented by the Department of the Army for THE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE MEDAL. This award was signed by John F Nichols, Major General, TXANG Adjutant General. The citation on the award was as follows:
Lewis A. Thompson
OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD
For exceptionally outstanding civilian service as a technical specialist and consultant to the Joint Force Headquarter-Texas J6 during June 2008 thru October 2009 while serving as Texas Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) special consultant and during October 2009 thru October 2011 while serving as Texas Army MARS State Director. Mr. Thompson’s Technical expertise, Initiative, foresight, and exceptional knowledge and technical skill contributed immeasurably to the emergency communications success of the Joint Force Headquarters – Texas. His devotion of time, physical labor, and painstaking effort in designing, building and configuring 16 robust deployable kits with email over high frequency radio capability and the HF station, tower and antenna at the J6 network control facility are major achievements that have added remarkable redundancy and flexibility for command and control communication in the Texas Military Forces. He is a model of devotion to a cause, patriotism, and service to the nation. He has brought great success to Army MARS the Joint Force Headquarters – Texas.
The second citation was presented by The State of Texas for The Outstanding Service Medal was awarded to W01 (TX) Lewis A. Thompson for Exemplary Service in the Military Forces of Texas. This award was signed by Raymond C. Peters, Major General, TxSG Commander. The citation for the award read as follows:
CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE
TEXAS OUTSTANDING SERVICE MEDAL
W01 (TX) LEWIS A. THOMPSON
For exceptionally meritorious service and performance while serving as Director, Texas Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) assigned in the Texas State Guard MARS Detachment from October 2009 – October 2011. Mr. Thompson initiative, foresight, and exceptional knowledge and skill contributed immeasurably to the emergency communications success of the State of Texas and the Texas Military Forces. His devotion of time, physical labor and painstaking effort in building 16 robust deployable kits with email, over high frequency radio capability and the HF stations, tower and antenna at the J6 network control facility are major achievements. He has brought great credit to Army MARS, the MARS Detachment, the Texas Military Forces and the State of Texas.
W01 (TX) Lewis A. Thompson distinguished himself through exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the Texas Military Forces and the State of Texas from October 2009 through October 2011 while serving as State Director, Texas Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), and Commander, Texas State Guard MARS Detachment. Mr. Thompson is highly regarded technical expert with many year of experience in High Frequency radio propagation in support of emergency communications. Working closely with the J6, he carefully planned and designed the components of the deployable MARS HF radio kits procured using grant funding obtained through the State of Texas. He personally contributed many hundreds of hours of work to engineer, refine, configure, test and assemble each of the deployable kits to his exacting standards. He led a group of MARS professional who assisted in various stages of the project resulting in 16 superior, deployable kits capable of long rang email, data, and voice communications with agile frequency operation across the entire military HF spectrum yielding highly reliable zero to 500 mile Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) coverage and performance, completely independent of damage to local communications infrastructure. He continued to excel in leading the training programs for those deployable systems and getting them field and into hands of MARS Detachment personnel around the State who will deploy them if needed in an emergency. Mr. Thompson further excelled in coordinating and executing the installation of the Joint Force Headquarters-Texas J6 HF station at Building 33, Camp Mabry. He personally designed, built and tested a superior, improved weather protected, EMP (electromagnetic pulse) protected 500-watt remote antenna tuner. He coordinated and led a superb installation of the antenna tower with a professional hole boring company, and commercial concrete delivery needed for the base footing. He led the assembly of the tower, antennas, and remote antenna tuner and components and the lifting of the tower into place on the day of assembly. He further installed and configured the complete HF station in the J6 Building 33 network control facility resulting in a station that provides a robust capability for the Texas Military Forces and State of Texas Command and Control Communications. He simultaneously continued to build and develop the Texas State Guard MARS Detachment by persistence in refining administrative processes with the Texas State Guard Headquarters and continuing to build the ranks with MARS detachment personnel capable of deploying to emergencies in State Active duty status. Mr. Thompson is a model public servant, dedicated to applying his immense technical skill in organizing, training, and equipping an organization forced on service to the State and nation. His passion in translating a vision and technical skill through painstaking effort into practical, tangible benefits is superb and has resulted in a robust contingency communication capability not dependent upon other infrastructure or other Texas Military Forces emergency command and control communications capabilities. He has brought great credit to Army MARS establishing a model for the nation.
Texas Army MARS is honored to have a State MARS Director like Lew Thompson who has worked very hard to upgrade, and improve the professionalism of our organization. The 16 TICP communication kits and field operational manuals that have been the result of Mr. Thompson hard work, has placed Texas Army MARS as front runners equipped with state of the art communication equipment that will support our customers. With his expert leadership as State MARS Director, Texas Army MARS will continue to lead and set example for the rest of the nation to follow.