Meet the Farmer (Who’s Also a Soldier) Who Learned to Code
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Taylen Winchell is a Missouri farmer. He’s also an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. On top of this, somewhere along the way, he learned to code. And on April 22, The Missouri National Guard Public Affairs Office announced that he had earned the Joint Service Achievement Medal for “develop[ing] an application” which reportedly resulted in the savings of tens of thousands of dollars.
“Spc. Taylen Winchell of Lamar, an intelligence analyst with 35th Infantry Division at Jefferson Barracks, in St. Louis, was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal on April 6,” the PAO announced.
“In addition to his National Guard service, Winchell helps operate his family’s cattle operation in southwest Missouri, which has been a lifelong passion,” the press release continued.
“‘We’re fourth-generation farmers,’ Winchell said. ‘It’s more of a ranching operation now. We run cattle and maintain land. We had dairy cows and now focus on beef.’”
Winchell was awarded the medal after “he wrote a program to automate routine tasks” while serving “on a temporary active duty assignment” in support of “the U.S. Transportation Command, a Department of Defense combatant command.”
Winchell developed an application called ADAMS, a coded database, which reduced execution time from one hour to 15 minutes. This new standardization has reportedly saved the command hundreds of hours in personnel and $50,000 in labor costs.
The press release noted that Winchell enjoys being part of the intelligence community. “But, I’ll probably be a farmer all my life as well,” he added.
Top Image: Lt. Col. Joshua Stewart presents Spc. Taylen Winchell with the Joint Service Achievement Medal at Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis, April 6, 2019. Photo (excerpted) by Maj. Chris Morales, U.S. Army National Guard.
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