KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A service member deployed to Afghanistan is often considered a hero in the U.S. While the average person might take their “hero” status and sit on their laurels, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Victor Taylor, is making a real difference in supporting the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) mission of connecting the Afghan people with their government.
Taylor, a fire controlman on the USS Sampson, was awarded the PRT Khost Warrior of the Week for Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 during a short ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Sept. 4. The tactical operations center (TOC) captain is currently serving as a member of PRT Khost in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.
“Warrior of the Week recognizes someone who has shown initiative and efficiency in their duties. Most people, like me, feel like they are just doing their job,” he said. “I think that says something about our team. We don't even realize when we are going “above and beyond.” All we want is to accomplish the mission.”
According to his citation, Taylor “planned and tracked air missions supporting the transport of 15 Warriors conducting multiple operations in five separate locations in one day, directly supporting the commander’s effort to mentor local government officials and enabling battlefield circulation to provide quality of life support to remote locations. His attention to detail and professionalism ensured missions were well-coordinated with external agencies for on time execution. He also developed a new TOC standard operating procedure, provided internal TOC training and organized the TOC duty roster boosting mission support capacity.”
“I am very lucky to have Petty Officer Taylor as a member of the PRT,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Brad Brewer, PRT Khost commander. “His work ethic, leadership and devotion to the team have made it possible to meet our daily tasks and move us forward in accomplishing our overall mission of improving security, supporting good governance and enhancing provincial development.”
PRT Khost is made up of more than 85 Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and civilians. The PRT conducts population-centric governance and development counterinsurgency operations. The team builds the capacity of the provincial and district governments, develops critical infrastructure, education and stabilization initiatives, and works to increase the legitimacy and accountability of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the populace, ultimately enabling reintegration and transition.