Rockland Serviceman Given Bronze Star

May 30, 2012

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Captain Sean Fitzgibbon was recently awarded his second Bronze Star for meritorious service while serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Captain Fitzgibbon is married to former Rockland resident Allison Quill and the father of Aidan and Riley. They are currently assigned to Fort Gordon in Georgia.

CITATION

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

CAPTAIN SEAN P. FITZGIBBON

FOR EXCEPTIONALLY MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS DEFENSE COUNSEL, U.S. ARMY TRIAL DEFENSE SERVICE, CENTRAL COMMAND REGION, FROM 8 MAY 2011 TO 7 MAY 2012, CPT FITZGIBBON’S PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION TO DUTY SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THE UNIT’S MISSION. CPT FITZGIBBON’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF THE MILITARY AND REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT UPON HIM, U.S. FORCES-IRAQ, COMBINED TASK FORCE-1, AND THE U.S. ARMY.

 

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

CAPTAIN SEAN P. FITZGIBBON

 

Captain Sean P. Fitzgibbon distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service to the United States as a Senior Trial Defense Counsel (SDC) for the Balad, Iraq, and Bagram, Afghanistan, Field Offices, U.S. Army Trial Defense Service (TDS), Central Command (CENTCOM) Region, U.S. Forces-Iraq (USF-I), and Combined Joint Task Force-1 (CJTF-1), from 8 May 2011 to 7 May 2012, during OPERATION NEW DAWN and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Captain Fitzgibbon assumed responsibility as the SDC in Balad, Iraq, providing representation to over 140,000 Soldiers throughout CENTCOM, and supervised a Paralegal NCOIC. When the military shut down Balad in September 2011, CPT Fitzgibbon turned in more than $100,000 worth of equipment with 100% accountability, while simultaneously trying six courts-martial, and voluntarily transferred to Bagram, Afghanistan, to finish his twelve month deployment.

During this deployment CPT Fitzgibbon has been the go-to defense counsel for difficult cases throughout the CENTCOM AOR. He has zealously represented clients in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. As the months passed, his tireless efforts and superb advocacy on behalf of his Soldier-clients ensured justice was done. CPT Fitzgibbon’s enthusiastic and effective representation promoted the integrity of the military justice system and ensured the due process rights of his Soldier-clients were respected.

Totally committed to Army Values, especially personal courage and selfless-service, Captain Fitzgibbon spent over 400 hours traveling throughout CENTCOM on behalf of his clients. He has been to more than fifteen COPs and FOBs, often traveling through dangerous, hostile areas by helicopter and military fixed-wing aircraft to advise clients, interview witnesses, and conduct case investigations. Captain Fitzgibbon frequently placed his personal safety at risk by traveling to clients and witnesses rather than requiring them to put themselves in harm’s way coming to his location; thereby, allowing units to focus on combat operations and save precious time and resources. His efforts not only reduced the number of convoys, but also enhanced individual and unit readiness by quickly and efficiently resolving legal issues at the Soldiers’s place of duty.

He served all USF-I and CJTF-1 Soldiers with distinction in more than thirty preferred courts-martial. Through determination, long hours, and superior time management, CPT Fitzgibbon achieved remarkable and fair results for his clients. Respected by his peers and commanders alike, they seized on his advice and recommendations regarding the swift disposition of cases. In addition to courts-martial, CPT Fitzgibbon personally advised approximately 400 Soldiers facing non-judicial punishment, adverse administrative actions, or summary courts-martial. In each instance, the Soldier benefited substantially from Captain Fitzgibbon’s counsel, incredibly persuasive briefs, and eloquently delivered arguments.

CPT Fitzgibbon enthusiastically shared his knowledge, experience, and insight. He maintained the utmost professionalism, working closely with commanders, senior NCOs, and Staff Judge Advocates to benefit the CENTCOM Soldiers. CPT Fitzgibbon’s advocacy skills enhanced the integrity of the military justice system in a combat environment and protected the rights of individual Soldiers.

An officer with unquestionable integrity and moral courage, he maintained the highest ethical standards and demanded that all others do the same. Captain Sean P. Fitzgibbon’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the U.S. Trial Defense Service, USF-I, CJTF-1, CENTCOM, and the Department of Defense.