Ramona resident earns ‘Twice a Citizen’ award
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Chief Petty Officer Michael P. Cirillo of Ramona has been honored with the National Defense Industrial Association’s “Twice a Citizen” award for his leadership, self-sacrifice and commitment to serving America.
California State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher presented Cirillo with the award during the National Defense Industrial Association San Diego Chapter’s 2011 Reserve and National Guard Awards ceremony in August.
The Twice a Citizen award recognizes reserve service members who put their civilian careers on hold to deploy and distinguish themselves during service in the global war on terror, counter narcotics and contingency operations around the globe.
As a Systems Center Pacific employee and a U.S. military reservist, Cirillo deployed with the Navy Military Police Battalion Afghanistan, also known as Task Group Trident, to the detention facility in Parwan, Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
In concert with the U.S. Army and the Afghan National Army, the Task Group Trident provided care, custody and control to Afghan and third country national insurgent detainees.
Initially, Cirillo served as a noncommissioned officer in charge of counter insurgency, leading a team of U.S. Army and Navy agents in irregular warfare. Cirillo and his team collected and analyzed intelligence to influence detainee behavior modification and conduct a wholesale cell reassignment of over 1,500 detainees.
“We used both passive observation and active engagement with detainees to perform behavioral analysis,” said Cirillo. “We tried to figure out why they did something and how to prevent it from happening again through behavior modification.
“Our mission was to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people and training the ANA (Afghan National Army) to be self-sustaining,” said Cirillo. “When we leave, these detainees will still be here. The ANA needs to be able to function on their own and we need to turn over a facility that is fiscally sustainable. These are exciting times and I am glad to be part of it.”
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