By Spc. Sophia R. Klevemann
221st Public Affairs Detachment, 7th CSC, 21st TSC
DAENNER KASERNE, Germany — Lt. Col. Efrem Z. Slaughter, executive officer of the 457th Civil Affairs Battalion, 7th Civil Support Command, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, and a native of North Little Rock, Ark., received the Humanitarian Service Medal, May 18.
Slaughter’s wife, Monique, and two daughters also participated in the ceremony.
Slaughter along with other 457th CA Bn. Soldiers worked with the 361st CA Brigade providing command and control operations during the Montenegro Humanitarian Mission in February-March 2012.
“It was a rewarding opportunity to go and help the people of Montenegro,” said Slaughter. “As a civil affairs officer, these are the kind of missions we live for and it was just great to be able to go out and execute the mission we train for day-in and day-out.”
The mission provided assistance to Montenegro civilians stranded in areas affected by excessive snowfall.
“It’s great to be recognized for your service but more importantly, just the opportunity to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Montenegro,” said Slaughter.
Along with the 361st CA Bde., more than 40 Soldiers and two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, assisted in delivering critical supplies and providing rescue services.
Being an overseas-based unit provides us an opportunity to participate with U.S. Army Europe, European Command and Africa Command more so than any other unit in the Army Reserve, added Slaughter.
“In the 7th CSC, this CA battalion and brigade are positioned more so than any other unit in the Army Reserve to participate in real-world missions,” said Slaughter.