While sometimes Cpl. Bates can be perceived as a bit dry and monotone… there is nothing dry or monotone about his service and dedication to the unit. Since he joined one year ago, he has stepped up to become a powerful battlefield commander proving time and time again that he’s got what it takes to lead S3 into combat. Outside of that and less well known, he serves as a FNF community leader battling through tiresome meetings to ensure that the 29th is well represented within the event. Keep up the great work and we’ll see you back here in a year for your FIRST rainbow! Congratulations Cpl. on your 1 year of service and 2nd AOCC.