Hawaii- based logistics assistance rep selected as LAR of the Year

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A Logistics Assistance representative assigned to the 402nd Aviation Forward Support Battalion in Hawaii was selected by his peers as the U.S. Army 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 selected as the best out of 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, Major General Todd Royar and AMCOM Command Sgt. Major Bradford Smith acknowledged Castro on July 13 for his achievements, noting that the work of the LARs is phenomenal to keep Army aircraft up to readiness standards.

“The coaching, teaching and mentoring you do on a daily basis is invaluable. You interact directly with the soldiers and everyone else has a supporting role,” Royar said.

According to Jason Soto, Castro’s division 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 an electronics LAR, he has successfully filled as the airframe LAR, providing valuable assistance beyond his normal command skills and accolades, Soto said.

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

In addition, 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 in 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 Army Aviation and Troop Command, or ATCOM, joined AMCOM on July 17, 1997, nearly 25 years ago.

Date taken: 06.21.2022
Date posted: 06.21.2022 13:15
Story ID: 423438

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