Adolphus, Shawn, CW4

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Last Service Branch
Quartermaster Corps
Last Primary MOS
920A-Property Accounting Technician
Last MOS Group
Quartermaster Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
2012-2013, 920A, HQ, US Army Forces Central Command (Third Army)
Service Years
1984 - 2013
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Operation Iraqi Freedom

Quartermaster Corps

Chief Warrant Officer 4

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Date of Passing
Jan 19, 2013
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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1st Armored Division USA Central

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US Army Warrant Officers Association
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   Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Adolphus was born in Michigan in 1965. As a young man, his family relocated to Sandersville, Georgia, where he joined the United States Army as a Quartermaster Soldier in November 1984. During his 28 years of service, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and was a distinguished graduate of Liberty University.
   Chief Warrant Officer Four Adolphus served in a wide range of leadership positions as an enlisted Soldier and noncommissioned officer to include: Squad Leader; Unit Supply Sergeant; and Brigade S-4 Noncommissioned Officer in Charge. In 1998 he transitioned to the Warrant Officer Corps as a 920A Property Accountability Technician.
   As a young Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer Four Adolphus' first assignment was the Assistant Division Property Book Officer, 2d Infantry Division Material Management Center, Camp Casey, Korea. He later served in the heralded 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 1st Infantry Division. Chief Warrant Officer Four Adolphus was a trendsetter amongst the Warrant Officer Community, which enabled him to serve in a myriad of distinct duty assignments where his technical knowledge directly enhanced sustainment to Warfighters worldwide. His motivational impact and positive influence on those who served with him was unparalleled.
   Chief Warrant Officer Four Adolphus' served in multiple combat tours during his illustrious career in support of Operation Allied Force; Operation Desert Shield; Operation Desert Storm; Operation Enduring Freedom; Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Operation New Dawn.
   Chief Warrant Officer Four Shawn Adolphus' military awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (7th Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Commendation Medal (2d Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal (6th Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award); National Defense Service Medal (2d Award); Southwest Service Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2d Award); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award); North Atlantic Treaty Organization Kosovo Medal; Kuwait Liberation-Saudi Arabia Medal; Kuwait Liberation-Kuwait Medal; Air Assault Badge; Driver’s Badge; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; and Valorous Unit Award.
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A Third Army, Shaw AFB, South Carolina, Army Officer died while on TDY on 19 January 2013 at approximately 1600 local from injuries sustained in a single vehicle crash near Sandersville, Georgia.  The 47-year-old CW4 was driving his vehicle when he lost control in a curve; the vehicle exited the roadway and struck a tree.  Seatbelt use has not been reported but initial reports indicate the Officer was ejected from his vehicle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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On 10 June 1999, the UN Security Council adopted a detailed resolution that outlined the civil administration and peacekeeping responsibilities in Kosovo and paved the way for peaceful settlement of the conflict and the safe return home of hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanian refugees and displaced persons. The resolution was passed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter which allowed the security forces to carry weapons to protect themselves and use force in carrying out the resolution's directives. The resolution "authorizes member states and relevant international organizations to establish the international security presence in Kosovo" as set out in the military agreement between NATO and the FRY. That peacekeeping operation was meant to enforce the cease-fire, demilitarize the KLA and other Kosovo Albanian groups, and establish a secure environment for the return of the refugees.

The force had a unified NATO chain of command under the political direction of the North Atlantic Council in consultation with non-NATO force contributors. The NATO countries were united that in the absence of the NATO Joint Guardian force at the core of any international security presence in Kosovo, the refugees would not return and the other NATO objectives would not be met. A NATO force at the core of an international security presence was regarded as the magnet to attract the refugees back. In the absence of a NATO force with American participation, it was the view of the US Government that it was unrealistic to think the Kosovar Albanians would disarm the KLA, something of great interest to Russia. The US believed that if NATO forces deployed, the rationale for the Kosovar Liberation Army having an armed force to protect itself against Serbs would disappear. The Rambouillet envisaged something like 2,500 Serb military and 2,500 police for a year, though with the commencement of Operation Allied Force NATO required all of those forces going, in views of the probability that the Kosovar Albanians would not come home to a situation where those same forces remain at their posts. NATO envisaged the standing up of thousands of Kosovar Albanian police, including possibly people from the KLA, who would be trained by the international community and could serve police functions.

NATO did not contemplate a partition of Kosovo. It had been unofficially suggested that one possible solution was a de facto partition of Kosovo whereby the Russians would patrol the north, the mineral-rich areas, and NATO would patrol the south.

Before Allied Force began operating, NATO had plans to put in a peacekeeping force of 28,000 people. Of that, 4,000 people would have been Americans. By mid-May 1999 NATO had reassessed its Op Plan for the Joint Guardian mission to see to what degree they would need reinforcement beyond the level that was originally foreseen for the KFOR [Kosovo force] international security presence in Kosovo. NATO had 16,000 troops deployed in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia trained for their mission as well as dealing with the enormous refugee inflow. Certain reinforcements from the UK and from Germany were arrived as of mid-May.

The NATO pre-deployment in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was conducted to be in a position to move very quickly into Kosovo to set up an initial military command structure and an initial infrastructure to get the basic functions going. The goal was not only for other NATO troops to come in quickly but also for the transition authority and for the humanitarian relief organizations, which in the very early stages would need a great deal of military back-up, to establish themselves by the time the NATO core element was on the ground in Kosovo.

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