We are nominating our son, Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Noah Berg, for a new BAC roof, through KRQE’s Helping Heroes contest.
SSG Berg has been serving in the U.S. Armed Forces since he enlisted in the Air Force in 1991, serving in numerous overseas assignments including time in Panama, Honduras, Germany, and Bosnia. He left the Air Force in 2002 to change careers but continued to serve in the military by enlisting in the Army National Guard. Having earned his certification as an EMT-I, Noah returned to New Mexico, became a member of the NM Guard’s 126th MP Company and served as a Company medic during their year-long deployment to Iraq in 2004/2005.
Upon returning from Iraq he earned his certification as a paramedic and transferred to the 812th Medical Company Air Ambulance. Then, with the transition from Huey helicopters to Blackhawks he became a member of Charlie Company 171st. He has been serving full time as a paramedic with the NM Army National Guard since 2009.
When Charlie Company went to Afghanistan for a yearlong deployment in the spring of 2011 SSG Berg’s unit was among those that endured months of the very primitive living conditions at forward operating bases, flying innumerable missions to provide emergency aid and transport for wounded US Marines, coalition soldiers, Afghan military members, and injured local civilians to US military trauma centers. They returned to NM in the spring of 2012 and were soon called on to provide support to firefighters battling the numerous wild fires in the state, including the Whitewater/Baldy Complex fire, the largest wildfire in state history. Along with the other members of his unit, SSG Berg is always prepared to respond when called, whether it’s a search and rescue mission or other assignment. It is a dangerous job, but he is proud to serve with the other dedicated men and women in Charlie Company 171st. He loves his work, his state, and his country.
In 2007, SSG Berg purchased his first home in Albuquerque: a 1960s era cinderblock construction. Within a few months cracking in several walls became evident. After consulting with a number of local professionals about the problem he discovered that prior to his ownership the home’s roof had been “maintained” by applying a new roof without removing preceding layers. The accumulated weight of these multiple roofs is causing the moderate to severe cracking of both exterior and interior house walls. To arrest this damage he is faced with the formidable task and cost of having the roof completely removed so that a proper, single roof can be put in place.
SSG Berg’s family gives him one hundred percent of their support, sharing in the sacrifice of knowing he can be called out day or night, regardless of holidays, weekends, anniversaries, or birthdays, and without knowing whether he will be gone a few hours or several days. It would be a huge weight (literally) off his mind to know, especially in such absences, that his family is sheltered by sound walls and one good roof over their heads.