Norwood awarded Bronze Star, S.C. House resolution
Capt. Jay A. Norwood, a Summerville resident, was honored by the S.C. House of Representatives with a resolution on June 26.
The purpose of the legislative action was to honor and congratulate the Summerville native who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious service as a company commander in the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 178th Engineer Battalion while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
“It was a true pleasure to have Summerville native and Bronze Star recipient Captain Jay Norwood at the State House today. Thank God for Captain Norwood and all our brave men and women in uniform,” said Speaker of the S.C. House Bobby Harrell.
Captain Norwood served as a company commander in the S.C. Army National Guard’s 178th Engineer Battalion while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Capt. Norwood’s outstanding performance, expertise and dedication to duty greatly contributed to the success of the unit’s mission during combat operations, according to the certificate.
The 161 soldiers of the 178th Engineer Battalion returned to South Carolina May 31 , 2013 after a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan. As the leader of “Task Force Prowler,” at Sharano Forward Operating Base (FOB) in eastern Afghanistan, the 178th Engineer Battalion assumed the command and control role for both active duty and National Guard units. The 178th Engineer Battalion also worked closely with the Arizona National Guard and conducted bomb clearance on over 10,000 miles of roads, transported combat equipment and insured the safety of convoy routes. The unit conducted training for Afghan Army personnel and oversaw the dismantling of forward operating bases, including the base named for former Arizona Cardinals player, the late Pat Tillman. The battalion has been awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation, Captain Norwood’s company assisted with preparations for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s first visit to Afghanistan in December 2012. After a visit to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Governor Brewer traveled to Sharana FOB where she visited with Arizona Service members
Capt. Norwood is the son of Bryan and Jan Norwood, formerly of Summerville, and now of Vail, Arizona. Capt. Norwood and his wife Tatum have four children. He is the grandson of Summerville Businessman the late Major Sidney H. Brooks (Ret.) and Myrtle T. Brooks and the brother of Lee Norwood, currently serving in the U.S. Navy in Japan. He is a 1996 graduate of Summerville High School and holds a B.S. in Social Sciences (Criminal Justice) from Excelsior College. Captain Norwood completed Officer Candidate School at The South Carolina Palmetto Military Academy in 2007 and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.