Mar 12, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Commanding Officer Capt. John Kemna presented Michael Kerridge, FRCSE logistics manager for air refueling stores and fuel containment/metrology programs, with the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award and the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award from the Secretary of Defense Feb. 27.
Kerridge earned the recognition for exceptional meritorious achievement as director of logistics, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, Umm Qsar, Iraq from April 20 to Dec. 31, 2012 and from May 1 to Dec. 15, 2013.
He provided logistics and base life support for more than 300 residents at the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq by securing base access to ensure site logistics arrived unimpeded. As the contracting officer representative, Kerridge provided oversight for more than $46 million in contracted services including resolving an issue regarding contaminated diesel fuel resulting in no losses of critical base services.
As U.S. military facilities downsized and closed in Iraq, Kerridge acted as property accountability officer and primary hand receipt holder working to reconcile the property book. This included the inventory of all contractor-managed, U.S. government-owned equipment transitioning to the Iraqi government totaling nearly $21 million.
He also coordinated with the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade and Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services to demilitarize 2,186 equipment items; procured 360,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 11,040 gallons of gasoline for site power generation and 24,365 liters of drinking water; and coordinated the transportation of cargo and military equipment to Kuwait.
Kerridge, who has 35 years of federal service and has worked at FRCSE since 2007, says his two-year tour in Iraq was challenging but very rewarding.
“We worked 24/7, usually 18-hour days because there was always something to do,” he said. “We lived in a minimum security prison, and we weren’t allowed to go outside except by helicopter. So, we pretty much just worked and slept.”
“It was a shock when I arrived there, but you had to get down and dirty in the job right away,” he added. “I was just put out there and told to do it. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, because it really helped me grow as a person and gave me confidence in my abilities. I’m happy to say that our [U.S. military] transition back to the Iraqi government went very smoothly, so I’m pretty proud of all I accomplished.”
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