When Sgt. Camron Giuliani arrived in Afghanistan for his first deployment in June 2011, he was surprised the team they were replacing could not provide historical data due to technical issues with their computer.
“I was shocked to see how much intelligence got lost,” he said.
At the time Giuliani, 20, was a private first class, serving with the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.
“I knew at that point I had to start from scratch, and that I would not allow myself to have empty hands when my replacements arrived,” he said.
Giuliani said he used his self-taught knowledge of computer programming and began working for the next eight months on a database to easily access reports, calling the program Join Everything With Little Services.
He intended to build the program for his battalion, but by the time his one-year deployment was up, the program was being used by units throughout Afghanistan. It’s now an Armywide system.
“It made our job a lot easier,” Staff Sgt. Hugh McKeon, Giuliani’s platoon sergeant. “It unified the reporting system, and put everyone on the same sheet of music.”
On Thursday, Giuliani received the Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Russell Award, given annually to the soldier ranked sergeant or below who made the biggest contribution to the military intelligence community.
Giuliani was selected from the 18 nominees Armywide as the 2012 recipient and was honored during Thursday’s ceremony at West Fort Hood Chapel.
“Sgt. Giuliani did not solve the intelligence gathering, dissemination and data-basing problem because he is some technical genius,” said the battalion’s Command Sgt. Maj. Warren Robinson. “He solved the problem because he took the initiative and had the drive to make it work.”
During that deployment, Robinson said Giuliani was able to disseminate 2,100 threat-warning reports to maneuver elements across the Paktika Province.
“What really stands out to me most is that he earned this award as a private first class,” he said. “It was an opportunity to recognize excellence and it exemplifies the best of our soldiers.”
Giuliani said he always enjoys when someone will talk to him about the JEWLS program, not knowing he created it.
Later this year, he’ll be headed back to Afghanistan with the 303rd, where he will be using his program to monitor the battlefield as a low-voice intercept operator.
“I’ve seen him grow from a private and I’m looking forward to seeing what else he contributes to the military intelligence community in the future,” McKeon said.
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