2017-09-01 / Front Page

MI Soldier wins Army Language Professional of the Year Award, second at DoD level

BY 2ND LT. BRIAN S. BUI
297th Military Intelligence Battalion


Sergeant Auday Alamery is the 2016 Army Language Professional of the Year, and placed second at the Department of Defense level competition. 
COURTESY PHOTO Sergeant Auday Alamery is the 2016 Army Language Professional of the Year, and placed second at the Department of Defense level competition. COURTESY PHOTO A Fort Gordon Soldier places second at a Department of Defense level competition using his native language skills.

Sgt. Auday Alamery, a cryptologic linguist assigned to D Company, 297th Military Intelligence Battalion, placed second at the Department of Defense Language Professional of the Year competition held Tuesday in Monterey, California. He was recognized July 25 as the Department of the Army Language Professional of the Year for 2016.

During the competition, Alamery was evaluated based on language proficiency tests that focused on speaking, listening, and writing in his native Arabic language, as well as several essays on topics related to language training.

“I am honored to be selected to be the linguist of the Army to represent the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade and the Department of Army,” said Alamery, “For me as an immigrant, to achieve this level brings great honor to my heritage, my family and for achieving my dream in the United States.”

Alamery was born and raised in Iraq and joined the U.S. Army in 2010 becoming a U.S. citizen.

“I became interested in serving in the U.S. military while I was working as civilian attached to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2006 in Iraq mostly in the Green Zone,” he said.

He has been assigned to the unit since October 2014 and has served as the Command Language Program manager. Before entering the Department of the Army Language Professional of the Year competition, Alamery competed and won the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command Language Professional of the Year award in September 2016.

Alamery started his competition journey when he was nominated for the battalion competition by his company command team. He then competed against others at the battalion level, then the brigade level. He went on to compete at the INSCOM level where he won there as well.

“The INSCOM competition consisted of myself submitting a packet, having it reviewed and selected by a board. I was ultimately selected by the Department of the Army as linguist of the year using the same criteria as INSCOM for selection,” he said.

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