The Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe is recognizes those who served in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and demonstrated integrity, moral character and exemplified professional competency.
On Oct. 24, at the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command’s headquarters building, Staff Sgt. Jose Roman-Camacho, a native of Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, became a recipient of this prestigious award, which is highly prized and only given to soldiers who have truly distinguished themselves throughout their Army careers.
Master Sgt. Alexander L. Bryant, of the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion, and a recipient of the Samuel Sharpe award, nominated Camacho and presented the award.
“This is one of the most under utilized awards for ordnance soldiers,” Bryant said. “This award recognizes the contribution of ordnance soldiers, and everything they have contributed to the Army. Everything you have done throughout your career, even the time as a junior enlisted soldier, is looked at when being recommended for this award.”
The Samuel Sharpe award must be approved by the brigade commander before being forwarded to the chief of ordnance for review and final approval.
Camacho has served in the Army for 14 years and has been in the ordnance field for six years. During a deployment to Iraq in 2009, he was a member of the ammunition retrograde, which transported ammunition from Iraq to Kuwait. As a staff sergeant, Camacho was assigned to be the platoon sergeant of an ordnance company and was responsible for 37 soldiers, a position normally held by a sergeant first class.
“It’s the highest leadership position before becoming a 1st sergeant, and was a great honor for me,” Camacho said.
When he received his award, Camacho gave thanks to his peers but also thanked his wife, Sharein, for being his “rock.” He said without her support, he could not have accomplished everything.
“She has put up with long nights, deployments, everything, and she is the one.”