Soldier's Medal for PFC Glendon Oakley
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PFC Glendon Oakley of Killeen, Texas assigned to 504th Composite Supply Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade has been noted for his act of heroism during the recent El Paso shooting. As described in multiple articles and videos the Soldier selflessly put himself in harms way to save multiple lives. He has been recently awarded the Army Commendation Medal for actions, which doesn't fit the level of his accomplishment. Per AR 600-8-22 Chapter 3-14 (see below), PFC Oakley's actions fall into at a minimum a recommendation for a Soldier's Medal. Although a Congress member has authority to step in certain situations, per AR 600-8-22 Chapter 1-16 (see below), having the situation reach her attention may put some pressure on his chain of command to justly award PFC Oakley, or at least the proper recommendation.
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3–14. Soldier’s Medal a. The SM was established by Act of Congress 2 July 1926, as amended by 10 USC 3750. b. The SM is awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States, including RC Soldiers not serving in a duty status, as defined in 10 USC 101(d), at the time of the heroic act, who distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. The same degree of heroism is required as that of the award of the DFC. The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy. Awards will not be made solely on the basis of having saved a life. c. A SM recommendation that is downgraded will be approved as an ARCOM.
1–16. Reconsideration or appeal of previous award recommendations a. A request for reconsideration or the appeal of a disapproved or downgraded award, or a request for an upgrade of a previously approved recommendation must be placed in official channels within 1 year from the date of the awarding authority’s decision. A one-time reconsideration by the award approval authority will be conclusive. However, pursuant to 10 USC 1130, a Member of Congress may request a review of a proposal for the award or presentation of a decoration (or the upgrading of a decoration) that is not authorized to be presented or awarded due to time limitations established by law or policy for timely submission of a recommendation (refer to app F on the 10 USC 1130 process). b. Recommendations are submitted for reconsideration or appeal only if new, substantive, and material information is furnished and the time limits specified in paragraph 1–14 do not prevent such action. Requests for reconsideration or appeal must be forwarded through the same official channels as the original recommendation. The additional justification for reconsideration or appeal must be in letter format, not to exceed two single-spaced typewritten pages. A copy of the original recommendation, with all endorsements, and the citation must be attached. If the original recommendation is not available, a reconstructed recommendation should be submitted. c. If the reconsideration or appeal is approved and when a lesser decoration has already been approved, action is taken by the awarding authority or HRC (AHRC–PDP–A) to revoke the lesser awarded decoration. d. Once HRC or the award approval authority has made a decision on the award reconsideration or appeal, other options for reconsideration or appeal include the ABCMR and the Inspector General. A DD Form 149 (Application for Correction of Military Record) is required for review by the ABCMR. e. Awards that are approved and presented for meritorious service will not be considered for an upgrade to a valorous award.
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