Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer Donald T. Hall has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while engaged against an armed enemy of the United States.
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe.
Hall was awarded the medal for his exceptional service while serving as the administrative officer assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Kunar in Asadabad, Afghanistan, in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His personal courage and commitment to mission accomplishment in the most kinetic combat intensive province in the Regional Command-East directly contributed to the significant successes of the PRT in a ground combat environment in the region. His technical knowledge of Army and Navy regulations ensured smooth mobilization, integration, training, and deployment of all unit members comprising the most capable combat-ready team prior to arriving overseas. He systematically organized and consolidated critical unit administrative responsibilities that allowed the Provincial Reconstruction Team to conduct counterinsurgency combat operations upon arrival at Forward Operating Base Wright, Afghanistan.
Hall is a leadership facilitator/instructor regularly assigned to the Center for Personal and Professional Development at the Naval Operational Support Center in San Diego, Calif. The chief petty officer has served in the military for 24 years.
He is the brother of Cindy L. Ramirez of N. 67th Ave., Glendale, Ariz.
His wife, Louise G. Hall, is the daughter of Louise Poluga of Dillonvale.
The chief is a 1981 graduate of Alhambra High School, Phoenix, Ariz.