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Old 03-24-2013, 04:25 AM   #81
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Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa

Died March 23, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

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23, of Tuba City, Ariz.; assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.
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Pfc. Lori Piestewa was the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and the granddaughter of a World War I veteran. She was a source of pride for Tuba City, Ariz., a town of 8,200 people on the Navajo Reservation but close to Hopi land.

Piestewa, a single mother raising a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, enlisted in the Army two years ago and had served as a commanding officer of Junior ROTC in high school.

“She will be remembered as a daughter, as a proud mother of two, as a good friend able to comfort others in distress,” said Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor.

— Associated Press
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Va. family receives Purple Heart 69 years later



Va. family receives Purple Heart 69 years later

By Steve Hardy - The (Lynchburg, Va.) News & Advance via AP
Posted : Saturday Mar 30, 2013 9:36:52 EDT



LYNCHBURG, Va. — It took nearly seven decades, but on March 22, the family of Alonzo Haynes finally received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star he earned in World War II.

The infantryman was killed in action near Florence, Italy on Aug. 22, 1944.

His brother, Tollie Haynes, has spent the last three years trying to find out why his family never received the medals. Recently, the Hayneses contacted Senator Mark Warner, and on Feb. 28 received a letter stating the Bronze Star and Purple Heart were on the way.

"We broke down in tears," Tollie Haynes, of Rustburg, said.

"It means a great deal to me. I feel honored, and I thank Sen. Warner and his staff very much for helping me get these medals."

The Hayneses met with authorities at the National D-Day Memorial to receive the medals. Memorial co-president April Cheek-Messier said the site often hosts medal ceremonies, including some for past service. However, she can't remember any ceremonies for awards received so long after they were earned.

Warner's Constituent Services Director Lou Kadiri presented the family with Alonzo Haynes's Purple Heart and Bronze Star, as well as a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.

"It truly, truly is an honor for the senator to help you get these medals your brother earned, that he so bravely earned," Kadiri said.

Tollie Haynes took some time to memorialize his brother, remembering how the two grew up in rural Dickenson County and made their own toys.

Alonzo Haynes inspired his younger brother to join up.

Tollie Haynes said he would have enlisted at 16 years old if their mother hadn't stopped him. Alonzo Haynes' death made his brother wanted to join the military even more. He eventually served in an army medic unit.

Alonzo Haynes even had shared a premonition of his own death with his brother.

"I don't think I'll ever see Dickenson County ever again," Tollie Haynes remembered his brother saying over drinks on the last night of his final leave.

After the ceremony, Tollie Haynes laid a wreath for his brother at the memorial's Final Tribute Sculpture. The statue depicts an upright rifle topped with a helmet and wrapped with dog tags — a common grave marker for World War II soldiers.

Set in the wreath, a photo of a smiling, uniformed Alonzo Haynes flanked by the insignia of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

The Purple Heart is awarded to service members killed or wounded by an enemy in combat. The Bronze Star honors soldiers who "distinguish (themselves) by heroic or meritorious achievement or service . against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force ." according to military criteria.

Tollie Haynes thanked authorities for presenting his family with the medals and honoring his brother's sacrifice.

"I think my brother's up there watching over me," he said.

"It touches my heart. . It's like a part of him came back."
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Steven A. Rooker

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror


The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Army Commendation Medal with Combat "V" to Specialist Steven A. Rooker, United States Army, for valorous achievement as a combat Medic in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM XII. While attached to Second Platoon, Specialist Rooker's unwavering courage, aggressiveness, and dedication while under enemy fire saved the life of a fellow paratrooper. His performance in combat reflects great credit upon himself Combined Task Force Fury, Regional Command-South, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: On March 8, 2012, Specialist Rooker's platoon was conducting a combined reconnaissance patrol with Afghan Local Police in the village north of Babaghday. The Village north of Babaghday was a known enemy stronghold, protecting a suspected supply and command and control site. The IED threat in the area was extremely high. Specialist Rooker's maneuver element came under heavy effective enemy fire from three compounds from the north and northwest, momentarily pinning down the patrol behind compounds along the route on which they were traveling. The attack was initiated with small arms and PKM fire which came from five different locations within the three compounds directly to the patrol's north and northwest. The patrol emplaced a machine gun and was able to suppress the enemy enough to allow part of the patrol to begin maneuvering to the enemy's flank. Under fire, Specialist Smith's team maneuvered through a ditch to engage the enemy. When Specialist Smith ran into the ditch following his team, he stepped on an anti-personnel mine. The explosion immediately incapacitated Specialist Smith, amputating one leg and shredding the other. The loud explosion stunned Specialist Rooker, who was still behind cover in the compounds where the patrol was first engaged. Specialist Rooker, without any regard to his own safety, left his covered position and began moving to the location of the blast. He sprinted through ditches moving around members in the patrol suppressing the enemy and avoiding the incoming rounds. He ran over 100 meters under heavy enemy fire before he reached Specialist Smith lying inside the ditch. Instantly he dropped his aid bag and began to assess and stabilize the casualty. Specialist Rooker's instinctive actions allowed the casualty to receive immediate on-site care, saving Specialist Smith's life and preventing any further injury. He continued to administer aid until the Air Medical Evacuation Crew arrived on scene. Specialist Rooker ex-filled with the remainder of the patrol to the strong point. reassuming his duties as the platoon medic. Specialist Rooker displayed valor and courage providing medical aid to a member in Third Squad; his immediate instinct to provide medical treatment under enemy fire saved the life of Specialist Smith.
General Orders: Permanent Order No. 124-008

Action Date: 8-Mar-12

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist

Company: Battery A

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment
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Major Willard Selleck Gideon (AFSN: 13425173/3025283), United States Air Force, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from August 7, 1966 until his release on March 4, 1973.
Action Date: August 7, 1966 - March 4, 1973

Service: Air Force

Rank: Major

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)
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Silver Star

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Michael A. Moynihan, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving with Company B, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Bronco, Combined Joint Task Force, from 11 October 2011 to 13 October 2011 in defense of Observation Post SHAL in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Corporal Michael A. Moynihan, United States Army, distinguished himself in multiple valorous acts during combat operations in Kunar Province, while serving as a Team Leader in 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, The Wolfhounds, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Bronco, Combined Joint Task Force-1 from 11 October 2011 to 13 October 2011 in defense of Observation Post (OP) Shal during Operation Rugged Sarak. Corporal Moynihan team was charged with guarding the northern flank of OP Shal, when he and his Team came under direct enemy fire. Corporal Moynihan, without regard for his life, led his Soldiers to identify 12 different enemy positions in the mountainous terrain on the opposite side of the valley and deliver two Tube-Launched Optically Tracked Wire Guided (TOW) missile strikes. Afterwards Corporal Moynihan took control of an abandoned but exposed machine gun position, suppressing enemy fire. He continued to perform barrel changes, linking ammunition and sustaining a deadly accurate rate of fire on the enemy target in spite of the enemy trying to zero in on his location and becoming more accurate by the moment. The next day Corporal Moynihan identified an armed enemy fighter maneuvering into a fortified fighting position across the valley; he took control of the M249L and neutralized the enemy fighter. He remained in a danger zone with total disregard for his own safety even as the dust settled from a mortar impact, to mark enemy positions. He guided two direct TOW missile strikes resulting in the killing of seven Taliban fighters including a Taliban commander. Subsequently providing support to his platoon through suppressive fire, fragmentary grenades, and detonation of claymore mines slowing the progression of enemy fighters. Later in the evening the enemy initiated another complicated attack with RPGs and AK-47s at close range attempting to overrun the northern flank of the OP. Corporal Moynihan exposed himself maneuvering through the danger zone, rallying his men and led a counterattack against the enemy assault. He engaged the enemy with M4 carbine, threw fragmentation grenades, detonated claymores and took control of an abandoned ANA M249 position saving valuable resources from being depleted. Under the heaviest and most coordinated attack against the OP on 13 October, Corporal Moynihan exposed himself to enemy fire yet again to acquire and pass grid coordinates to the platoon Forward Observer (FO). He remained exposed while adjusting rounds on the enemy firing positions hidden in the mountainous terrain. Corporal Moynihan’s fighting position was hit from an 82 mm mortar less than ten meters away knocking several people down . A second 82 mm mortar directly hit his fighting position several minutes later, severely wounding three ANA Soldiers and five Soldiers, knocking Corporal Moynihan unconscious. After regaining consciousness he ordered a fellow Soldier to lay down suppressive fire and took control of an ANA M249 machine gun, leading the defense of the OP’s northern flank until reinforcements could arrive. Corporal Moynihan was ordered to receive medical attention for a concussion, leading to his being Medically Evacuated for further medical treatment. Holding a vital position under extreme circumstances, he was instrumental in helping to destroy a determined enemy force repelling two near ambushes that threatened to breach vulnerable perimeter of his platoons’ patrol base. Corporal Moynihan’s courage under fire as a leader in Bravo Company saved the lives of American and Afghan Soldiers. He held a vital position under extreme circumstances and was instrumental in helping destroy a determined enemy force. Corporal Moynihan voluntarily risked his life on multiple occasions, repelling two near ambushes that threatened to breach the vulnerable perimeter of his platoons’ patrol base. His valorous actions over a three day period directly lead to the success of his platoon’s mission at OP Sarak. Corporal Moynihan’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon him, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, The Wolfhounds, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, TF Bronco, CJTF-1 and the United States Army.
Action Date: October 11 - 13, 2011

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company B

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 27th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team
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Date of birth: 20-Sep-57
Date of death: December 20, 1989
Place of Birth: Orange County California
Home of record: Bend Oregon
Status: KIA

Donald McFaul enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school. After recruit training he was assigned to Naval Station Treasure Island, where he worked for Port Services as an Engine Specialist. In 1977, Chief McFaul volunteered and was selected to join the Naval Special Warfare Community. He underwent Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal Training (Class 95) in the spring of 1978. Chief McFaul was assigned to SEAL Team 1 where he made three deployments in support of Special Operations out of Subic Bay, Philippines. In 1985 he transitioned to civilian life repairing engines and fishing. McFaul returned to the Special Warfare Community in February of 1988 after attending Defense Language Institute for Spanish in Monterey, Ca. Chief McFaul deployed with SEAL Team 4 to the Persian Gulf in support of the Middle East Forces and later deployed to Naval Special Warfare Unit 8 at Naval Station Rodman, Republic of Panama. His final deployment was as Platoon Chief of Gulf Platoon on December 18, 1989, where he was killed in action during combat operations. The 24th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was named after McFaul.

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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Chief Engineman Donald L. McFaul (NSN: 541641184), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Platoon Chief Petty Officer of Sea-Air-Land Team FOUR (SEAL-4), GOLF Platoon during Operation JUST CAUSE at Paitilla Airfield, Republic of Panama on 20 December 1989. Chief Petty Officer McFaul's platoon was an element of Naval Special Warfare Task Unit PAPA, whose crucial mission was to deny to General Noriega and his associates the use of Paitilla Airfield as an avenue of escape from Panama. After insertion from sea by rubber raiding craft, Golf Platoon was patrolling toward their objective, a hangar housing General Noriega's aircraft, when they were engaged by heavy small arms fire. Realizing that most of the first squad, 25 meters north of his position, had been wounded, he left the relative safety of his own position in order to assist the wounded lying helplessly exposed. Under heavy enemy fire and with total disregard for his personal safety, Chief Petty Officer McFaul moved forward into the kill zone and began carrying a seriously wounded platoon member to safety. As he was nearing the safety of his own force's perimeter, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Chief Petty Officer McFaul's heroic actions and courage under fire saved his teammate's life and were an inspiration for other acts of heroism as the assault force prevailed in this decisive battle. By his extraordinary bravery, personal sacrifice, and inspiring devotion to duty, Chief Petty Officer McFaul reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 20-Dec-89

Service: Navy

Rank: Chief Engineman

Company: Sea-Air-Land Team 4 (SEAL-4), Golf Platoon

Division: Naval Special Warfare Task Unit PAPA
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Date of birth: October 14, 1983
Date of death: January 25, 2008
Place of Birth: Harrisburg Pennsylvania
Home of record: Wheaton Illinois
Status: KIA


Medal of Honor


Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror


The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Robert James Miller, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Staff Sergeant distinguished himself by extraordinary acts of heroism while serving as the Weapons Sergeant in Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3312, Special Operations Task Force-33, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan during combat operations against an armed enemy in Konar Province, Afghanistan on January 25, 2008. While conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol through the Gowardesh Valley, Staff Sergeant Miller and his small element of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers engaged a force of 15 to 20 insurgents occupying prepared fighting positions. Staff Sergeant Miller initiated the assault by engaging the enemy positions with his vehicle’s turret-mounted Mark-19 40 millimeter automatic grenade launcher while simultaneously providing detailed descriptions of the enemy positions to his command, enabling effective, accurate close air support. Following the engagement, Staff Sergeant Miller led a small squad forward to conduct a battle damage assessment. As the group neared the small, steep, narrow valley that the enemy had inhabited, a large, well-coordinated insurgent force initiated a near ambush, assaulting from elevated positions with ample cover. Exposed and with little available cover, the patrol was totally vulnerable to enemy rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapon fire. As point man, Staff Sergeant Miller was at the front of the patrol, cut off from supporting elements, and less than 20 meters from enemy forces. Nonetheless, with total disregard for his own safety, he called for his men to quickly move back to covered positions as he charged the enemy over exposed ground and under overwhelming enemy fire in order to provide protective fire for his team. While maneuvering to engage the enemy, Staff Sergeant Miller was shot in his upper torso. Ignoring the wound, he continued to push the fight, moving to draw fire from over one hundred enemy fighters upon himself. He then again charged forward through an open area in order to allow his teammates to safely reach cover. After killing at least 10 insurgents, wounding dozens more, and repeatedly exposing himself to withering enemy fire while moving from position to position, Staff Sergeant Miller was mortally wounded by enemy fire. His extraordinary valor ultimately saved the lives of seven members of his own team and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers. Staff Sergeant Miller’s heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty, and at the cost of his own life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
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Sources: Marine Kyle Carpenter will receive MoH for heroism in Afghanistan

William Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Corps veteran who was severely wounded during a November 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan, will receive the nation’s highest combat valor award later this year, Marine Corps Times has learned.

Carpenter, a 24-year-old medically retired corporal, will become the service’s third Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which date back to October 2001. The Marine Corps is finalizing plans with the White House for a ceremony in Washington, officials said.

Marine Corps Times began making inquires about the status of Carpenter’s case because the statute of limitations for Department of Navy Medal of Honor awards requires that a formal recommendation be made within three years of the combat action in question. Carpenter, the subject of two cover stories published by Marine Corps Times in 2012, also recently appeared in the national media. He was the subject of a January feature story in Reader’s Digest and a related appearance Jan. 27 on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show.

Carpenter declined to comment on reports that he would soon receive the Medal of Honor.

A Marine Corps spokesman referred all comment to the White House. A White House spokesman said he had no scheduling announcements to make regarding the award. However, Medal of Honor presentations are typically announced only a month in advance.

Carpenter’s Medal of Honor nomination stems from reports that, as a 21-year-old lance corporal, he intentionally covered a grenade to save the life of his friend, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio on Nov. 21, 2010, as the two Marines were standing guard on a rooftop in the Marjah district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Both men survived the blast, but were badly wounded. Carpenter lost his right eye and most of his teeth, his jaw was shattered and his arm was broken in dozens of places.

Eufrazio sustained damage to the frontal lobe of his brain from shrapnel. Until recently, his wounds rendered him unable to speak.

The Marine Corps’ investigation into events surrounding the grenade blast has been complicated by circumstances. First, no one witnessed what took place after that grenade was thrown. Second, Carpenter said he couldn’t remember what happened due to trauma from the blast. Third, Eufrazio has been on a long and intensive road to recovery from his wounds. He only regained his ability to speak in late 2012, when his family reported that he was greeting hospital visitors by name.

Still, troops who served with Carpenter on the Marjah deployment say there’s no doubt in their minds that he absorbed the grenade blast to save his comrade.

Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Kroll, Carpenter’s platoon segreant, told Marine Corps Times that even though nobody knew for sure what happened, “our feeling has always been that Kyle shielded Nick from that blast.”

Hospitalman 3rd Class Christopher Frend, who triaged the injuries of Carpenter and Eufrazio, said the injuries Carpenter sustained, and the evidence at the scene indicated that he had indeed covered the explosive. The blast seat of the grenade — the point of its detonation — was found under Carpenter’s torso.

“Grenade blasts blow up; they don’t blow down;” Frend told Marine Corps Times in 2012. “If he hadn’t done it, what we found would have looked completely different.”

While the Marine Corps continued its investigation, Carpenter attained a level of celebrity as a Marine hero. More than 13,000 people have followed his recovery and his projects following retirement via the Facebook page Operation Kyle.

In 2011, the state senate in Carpenter’s native South Carolina honored him with a resolution that gave him credit for taking the grenade blast, saying he exemplified a hero. A photograph from the senate ceremony, showing Carpenter proud in his dress blues with shrapnel scars creating veins of silver across his face, went viral online.

Marine Corps Times has followed his progress, too, including a short feature on the Battle Rattle blog that featured video of Carpenter doing pullups, more than 30 surgeries after the 2010 blast.

Carpenter has maintained close ties with the Marine Corps and has been featured as a guest of honor at several command events. In November, he posted a photo on his Facebook page that shows him alongside Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett and Dakota Meyer, who in 2011 became the first Marine Medal of Honor recipient out of the war in Afghanistan. Meyer and Carpenter paid a joint visit to Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. the same month.

The Corps’ only other post-9/11 Medal of Honor recipient, Cpl. Jason Dunham, was recognized posthumously for smothering a grenade in Iraq in 2004.

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Today marks the official end to Canada's participation in Afghanistan. The Flag was lowered for the last time. To the fallen and injured from our rolls, I will remember all of you.

Got a job for some of you. Time to Send Up the Count... please call/email/write to an old buddy, colleague today. Let them know that you care and you are there for them. Many of our men and women in uniform and those who are retired are hurting and lonely, so Send Up the Count.


"Sending up the count" is something that's done when troops are out somewhere dark and dangerous, and the leader, normally up in front, wants to make sure everyone's still there. The leader whispers, "send up the count" to the next person, who whispers it to the next person, who whispers it to the next person and so on until it gets to the last person in line. That person starts the whispering back forward again, only this time, they start off by tapping the shoulder of the person in front of them saying "one". The next person taps the shoulder of the person in front of them and says "two". This continues until the person behind the leader in front taps the leader's shoulder with the number of people behind the first person in line.

We do this especially at night, when we can't see to the end of the line, or even see the next person. We do this to make sure all is well. We do this to make sure everyone knows that whoever's supposed to be there, front and back, is there. We do this to make sure those on the team are still with the team. And if someone is missing, we find them and bring them back into the group.

This happens in peace, and it happens in war. It also must happen in the sometimes bewildering and frightening transition from war to peace. A vital part of our code is that we don't abandon our fellow soldiers, ever.

We need to remember that our "team" is still together. We will never forget one another; we shared too much. We, each of us, may be weak or broken but the bigger "we," the team, is still strong.
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Christian A. Brown

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror


The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Christian A. Brown, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Squad Leader, 1st Squad, 2d Platoon, Weapons Company, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8, SECOND Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Afghanistan on 7 December 2011 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting a contact patrol in Azan, Kajaki District, the squad came under intense fire from multiple hardened insurgent positions of a numerically superior force. Lance Corporal Brown immediately directed fire onto the insurgents, coordinated with an adjacent unit, established a base of fire, and assisted in the development of a plan to maneuver on the insurgent positions. With insurgent fire intensifying, Lance Corporal Brown decided to displace the machine gunner and designated marksman. During their movement, the marksman was hit in the head from a burst of insurgent fire and critically wounded. Lance Corporal Brown immediately radioed in the medical evacuation request and led his squad under fire to a hasty landing zone. With the helicopter taking fire and unable to land, he identified an alternate landing zone 400 meters away and coordinated with the medical helicopter to extract the urgent casualty. After establishing a support by fire position, he personally carried the casualty under heavy fire the final 300 meters to the alternate landing zone. Without regard for his own safety, he safely evacuated the casualty, consolidated his squad, and responded to the insurgent attack until the fire ceased. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Brown reflected great credit upon him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: December 7, 2011

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Weapons Company

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 6th Marines

Division: 2d Marine Division
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Norfolk commander: Fallen pier sentry's actions 'heroic'

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NORFOLK, VA. — The sailor who was fatally shot Monday while trying to stop a civilian gunman has been identified as Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo, who put himself in harm’s way to save a shipmate, the Navy confirmed Wednesday.

Officials said Mayo, 24, who was serving as the chief of the guard Monday night, rushed from his post after seeing a civilian storm the destroyer Mahan and struggle with the ship’s petty officer of the watch, in the process stripping the watchstander’s weapon. Mayo ran to the quarterdeck and placed himself between the civilian — who was “behaving erratically,” according to a Navy news release issued Wednesday — and the Mahan‘s petty officer of the watch. Mayo’s actions shielded the POOW from the civilian’s gunshot; the civilian, a trucker with base access, was later killed by the Mahan’s topside rover.

“Petty Officer Mayo’s actions on Monday evening were nothing less than heroic. He selflessly gave his own life to ensure the safety of the Sailors on board USS Mahan,” said Capt. Robert Clark Jr., the commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, said in a Wednesday statement. “Petty Officer Mayo’s family has endured a tremendous loss, as have the men and women of Naval Station Norfolk, in the loss of a shipmate and friend.”

Adm. Bill Gortney, the head of Fleet Forces Command, on Wednesday appointed Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley to lead an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deadly shooting. Harley is president of the Board of Inspection and Survey.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and shipmates of our sailor who was killed Monday night,” Gortney said. “I have directed a second investigation to be conducted in addition to the law enforcement investigation led by Naval Criminal Investigative Service.”

The second investigation will be convened under the Manual of the Judge Advocate General. It will be a comprehensive examination into the circumstances surrounding the shooting, to include a review of applicable policy, programs and implementation, the Navy said in a release.

The male civilian gained access to Naval Station Norfolk with proper credentials while driving a tractor-trailer onto the base Monday and then gained access to Pier 1, which has a watchstander who checks IDs.

Mayo, a Hagerstown, Md., native, enlisted in the Navy in October 2007 and reported to Naval Station Norfolk in May 2011, according to Navy personnel records. He had been advanced to MA2 on June 16, 2012. He had previously served in at Rota, Spain, and Bahrain.

His awards include the Good Conduct Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Navy Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon.
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Decorated CSM dies from Afghanistan wounds



The senior enlisted soldier for 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment has died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died Tuesday at San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. He died from wounds suffered on May 6 in Herat province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to information released by DoD.

Barreras became the top enlisted soldier for 2nd Battalion in March 2013. The unit is part of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Elements of 2nd Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in December, according to information from the 1st Armored Division.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Barreras was my friend and battle buddy,” said Lt. Col. Edward Brady, the battalion commander, in a statement. “I’ve spent more time with him than my wife since I’ve taken command. I believe that I was the luckiest battalion commander in the Army to have him as my command sergeant major.

“While every soldier in this formation is extremely saddened by his loss, his Bobcats are doing exactly what he would expect of us: continuing on with the mission and taking the fight to the enemy. This man would do absolutely anything and everything to ensure his soldiers came home safely.”

Barreras joined the Army in 1988 after serving in the Marine Corps for five years, according to information from the division.

He served for 22 years in the 75th Ranger Regiment, serving in 1st and 2nd Battalions, the Special Troops Battalion and the regimental headquarters.

In the Ranger Regiment, Barreras served in virtually every enlisted duty and leadership position and completed multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Restore/Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and other special operations contingency missions.

Following his time with the Ranger Regiment, Barreras was the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with V device, Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with four stars, Combat Infantryman Badge with one star, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge with bronze star, Military Freefall Badge and Pathfinder Badge.

Barreras is survived by his parents and two brothers, his wife, three children and three grandchildren.


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MARSOC Marine killed in Afghanistan to receive Navy Cross


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A MARSOC gunnery sergeant who died leading an assault on insurgents in Afghanistan in 2012 will be awarded the military’s second-highest honor next week.

The family of Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, of 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., will receive his Navy Cross June 17 at a ceremony held at MARSOC headquarters aboard Lejeune.

Gifford, 34, of Palm Bay, Fla., had been a team chief with Special Operations Task Force West deployed to Bagdhis province, Afghanistan, at the time of the assault. During a morning patrol on July 29, 2012, he saw three of the Afghan special operations commandos he was advising hit by enemy small arms fire.

Immediately, he got behind the wheel of an all terrain vehicle, roaring across 800 meters of ground unprotected to come to the aid of the wounded commandos. With the help of another Marine, he performed first aid on the Afghan soldiers and moved them to a landing zone so a helicopter could extract them for medical care. Then, he crossed back over the same open terrain to help the other Afghan commandos in the unit, who were now under enemy fire.

During the attack he led, he took out an insurgent who was firing from a window and climbed a building housing enemy fighters, dropping a grenade down the chimney. He kept pressing the attack until he fell mortally wounded by the enemy, according to his medal citation.

A former force reconnaissance Marine, Gifford had completed nearly 15 years of service at the time of his death.

Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John “Jay” Paxton will present the award to the fallen Marine’s family.

Gifford was one of two Marines killed that day in Bagdhis. Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price, 27, of Holland, Mich., also a MARSOC operator, was killed during the same mission.
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Medal of Honor

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha, United States Army. Staff Sergeant Romesha distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. On that morning, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his comrades awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of the complex, employing concentrated fire from recoilless rifles, rocket propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small arms fire. Staff Sergeant Romesha moved uncovered under intense enemy fire to conduct a reconnaissance of the battlefield and seek reinforcements from the barracks before returning to action with the support of an assistant gunner. Staff Sergeant Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and, while engaging a second, the generator he was using for cover was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, inflicting him with shrapnel wounds. Undeterred by his injuries, Staff Sergeant Romesha continued to fight and upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and the assistant gunner, he again rushed through the exposed avenue to assemble additional soldiers. Staff Sergeant Romesha then mobilized a five-man team and returned to the fight equipped with a sniper rifle. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Romesha continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire, as he moved confidently about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets, including three Taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost's perimeter. While orchestrating a successful plan to secure and reinforce key points of the battlefield, Staff Sergeant Romesha maintained radio communication with the tactical operations center. As the enemy forces attacked with even greater ferocity, unleashing a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and recoilless rifle rounds, Staff Sergeant Romesha identified the point of attack and directed air support to destroy over 30 enemy fighters. After receiving reports that seriously injured Soldiers were at a distant battle position, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his team provided covering fire to allow the injured Soldiers to safely reach the aid station. Upon receipt of orders to proceed to the next objective, his team pushed forward 100 meters under overwhelming enemy fire to recover and prevent the enemy fighters from taking the bodies of their fallen comrades. Staff Sergeant Romesha's heroic actions throughout the day-long battle were critical in suppressing an enemy that had far greater numbers. His extraordinary efforts gave Bravo Troop the opportunity to regroup, reorganize and prepare for the counterattack that allowed the Troop to account for its personnel and secure Combat Outpost Keating. Staff Sergeant Romesha's discipline and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army.
Action Date: October 3, 2009

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Battalion: 3d Squadron

Regiment: 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team

Division: 4th Infantry Division
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Thank you for your service James Hayden.

POW from Korea finally receives his decorations

Nearly six years after earning a Silver Star during close combat in Germany at the close of World War II, James Hayden found himself surrounded by Chinese forces in Korea along with about 150 fellow soldiers.

“Different units had somehow got there,” said Hayden, a sergeant first class at the time. “We fought all night. Next day, when it came daylight, they started picking us off one at a time.

“There was a lieutenant colonel from 2nd Engineer Battalion, and he said, ‘We can’t take this. We’re surrounded. ... The best thing we can do is just hope for the best.’ ”

The men surrendered on Dec. 1, 1950. Hayden would remain in captivity until Sept. 5, 1953, coming home with severe skeletal problems brought on by malnutrition — ailments that would lead to his medical retirement nine years later as a master sergeant.

It’s a personal timeline of heroism, sacrifice and determination — and it skipped about six decades before the Army presented Hayden with the recognition he’d earned.

The 88-year-old received a Prisoner of War Medal and a Korean War Service Medal on Sept. 3 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in a ceremony presided over by Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commander of 7th Infantry Division. The medals came as a result of years of work on Hayden’s behalf by friends, family members and finally lawmakers, who were able to refile lost records and compile the necessary paperwork.

“We started going through the different steps to figure out how to help him, and we were told the family wasn’t very successful,” said Washington state Rep. Linda Kochmar, whose husband was a pilot based out of McChord Air Force Base and flew in Vietnam. “We were just thrilled to be able to help this man, and his family, realize the fruits of what he did to protect his country.”

As for the Silver Star, Hayden said during the ceremony that it had been mailed to his address of record instead of presented to him, and that he’d never actually received it.

Making such a comment in the presence of a general officer has its advantages — a Silver Star was procured in less time than it takes to get a pizza delivered, and another presentation was made about 30 minutes after the first wrapped up, according to an Army news release on the event.

“I didn’t expect this,” Hayden said of the ceremony, according to the release. “I didn’t ask for any of it.”

Born in 1925, Hayden left Fancy Farm, Kentucky, for the Army in 1944. A year later, then-Sgt. Hayden was near Bechingen, Germany, with A Company, 254th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division, looking for Germans in a tunnel. He found them.

“The enemy ... threw a grenade at him and damaged his weapon by rifle fire,” according to his Silver Star citation. “After securing another rifle, he re-entered the tunnel. In the ensuing battle, he single-handedly killed two, wounded four, and captured twelve prisoners.”

A leg wound weeks later would end his World War II service and earn him a Purple Heart, according to the release.

He returned to combat in Korea and would eventually be taken prisoner along with many others who would not survive.

“I don’t know what percentage died, but a lot of them,” Hayden said. “I took them over to be buried, but we didn’t have so much as a toothpick. ... We never had a shovel, a pick, nothing.”

After nearly a year in an Army hospital, Hayden had no thoughts of leaving service.

“I didn’t have anything better to do,” he said. He switched to the medical field, according to the release, and stayed in until 1962.

“To see that man ... and to hear what he did, it’s so amazing,” said Kochmar. “They are our heroes, from so many years ago, and then to have them forgotten, for me is very emotional.”
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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror


The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Petty Officer Third Class Charles C. Carolus, United States Navy, for heroism while serving as Senior Line Corpsman, Company C, Second Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, SECOND Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Afghanistan on 28 September 2011 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During an aerial interdiction operation with elements of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE, an AH-1W Helicopter crashed on takeoff. Upon being alerted of the incident, Petty Officer Carolus immediately responded from an adjacent helicopter and sprinted 75 yards to the crash site. Demonstrating gallantry and unwavering courage, he willingly and unhesitatingly exposed himself to imminent lethal hazards from fire, noxious fumes, and a potential conflagration from spilled fuel and live ordnance. While under constant peril from the fire, he provided medical aid to a severely wounded Marine. His selfless actions contributed to the lifesaving effort of the injured crew. Once the scene was secure, Petty Officer Carolus resumed his duties as the Senior Line Corpsman, ensuring medical waste was disposed of, and sanitizing all personnel involved. Petty Officer Carolus, in disregarding personal danger to rush to the aid of injured Marines, exemplified valor and dedication to service before self. By his courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk, Petty Officer Carolus prevented the loss of life, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: September 28, 2011

Service: Navy

Rank: Petty Officer Third Class

Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company C

Battalion: 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion

Division: 2d Marine Division (Forward)
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Gregory "Pappy" Boyington
Date of birth: December 4, 1912
Date of death: January 11, 1988
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: Idaho, Coeur D'Alene
Home of record: Okanogan Washington
Status: POW

Gregory Boyington became a World War II Marine Corps ACE, credited with shooting down TWENTY-TWO enemy aircraft in aerial combat. (He also shot down two Japanese aircraft while serving with the AVG.) On October 5, 1945 President Harry S Truman presented the Medal of Honor to Major Boyington, his first award having been posthumously presented to his mother. Boyington was a pilot in Clair Chennault's famed "Flying Tigers" in the early days of the war, before returning to duty with the Marine Corps.

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Awarded for actions during the World War II


The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (MCSN: 0-5254), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and valiant devotion to duty at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN (VMF-214), Marine Air Group ELEVEN (MAG-11), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Central Solomons Area from 12 September 1943 to 3 January 1944. Consistently outnumbered throughout successive hazardous flights over heavily defended hostile territory, Major Boyington struck at the enemy with daring and courageous persistence, leading his squadron into combat with devastating results to Japanese shipping, shore installations, and aerial forces. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Major Boyington led a formation of 24 fighters over Kahili on 17 October and, persistently circling the airdrome where 60 hostile aircraft were grounded, boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. Under his brilliant command, our fighters shot down 20 enemy craft in the ensuing action without the loss of a single ship. A superb airman and determined fighter against overwhelming odds, Major Boyington personally destroyed 26 of the many Japanese planes shot down by his squadron and, by his forceful leadership, developed the combat readiness in his command which was a distinctive factor in the Allied aerial achievements in this vitally strategic area.


Action Date: September 12, 1943 - January 3, 1944

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major

Company: Marine Fighting Squadron 214 (VMF-214)

Regiment: Marine Air Group 11 (MAG-11)

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Nicholas C. Lavery, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy on 11 March 2013, as a Detachment Weapons Sergeant, Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha 3126, Special Operations Task Force-East, Vsp Jalrez, Wardak Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Sergeant Lavery distinguished himself through gallantry and intrepidity by selflessly exposing himself to extremely effective machine gun and small arms fire in order to neutralize the enemy, and care for wounded soldiers of ODA 3126, the infantry squad uplift, and Afghan National Army Special Forces. His actions allowed the element to recover all personnel, and secure the VSP for medical evacuation with no additional loss of life. His heroic actions and bravery under fire inspired the men of the VSP to continue the mission and saved the lives of his teammates. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, the Special Operations Joint Task Force Afghanistan, the United States Forces-Afghanistan, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Staff Sergeant Nicholas C. Lavery, United States Army, heroically distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of the enemy of the United States as a Detachment Weapons Sergeant, Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) 3126, Special Operations Task Force-East, near Village Stability Platform (VSP) Jalrez, Wardak Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 11 March 2013, ODA 3126, Afghan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) Operational Detachment-Alpha 4060 were conducting a joint patrol brief in the motor pool at VSP Jalrez, Jalrez District, Wardak Province. The ODA leaders had concluded their brief and were about to conduct communications checks when an Afghan National Police (ANP) officer operating a truck mounted machine gun opened fire on the formation from a distance of 25 feet. Simultaneously, 15-20 insurgents 150 to 300 meters south of VSP Jalrez initiated an attack directed at the VSP with machine guns and small arms. During the initial burst, 2 United States (US) Soldiers, 2 ANP officers and 2 ANASF Soldiers had fallen and 10 U.S. military personnel, 2 ANASF Soldiers, 3 linguists, 2 Afghan Uniformed Police Officers, and the Deputy Chief of Police were wounded. The ODA and ANASF returned fire with organic weapons in order to suppress both inside and outside threats as the casualty collection point was being established. Sergeant Lavery was attending the joint patrol brief, and was standing beside another US Soldier when the PKM gunner opened fire on the group. Due to the rate of PKM fire, and their extreme proximity to the gunner, each man had only an instant to react. In an act that had become familiar to his teammates, Sergeant Lavery reached out to protect the man next to him. His hands found the Soldier whom he pushed backwards while simultaneously stepping in front of him; placing himself between the Soldier and the PKM gunner. Sergeant Lavery was wounded immediately thereafter by a round to his right upper leg, which shattered his femur and severed his femoral artery. The gunshot knocked Sergeant Lavery down, on top of the Soldier. From this new position, physically covering the Soldier from the continuous volume of fire, Sergeant Lavery yelled at the Soldier to move to cover. As the firefight developed around him, and with a life threatening injury, Sergeant Lavery continued to yell out directions until his teammates could move him to a safe position at the Casualty Collection Point. Sergeant Lavery made the selfless choice to exchange his own safety for the safety of his teammate. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, the Special Operations Joint Task-Afghanistan, and the United States Army.


Action Date: March 11, 2013

Service: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Operational Detachment Alpha 3126 (ODA-3126)

Regiment: 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne)
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Afghanistan campaign medal

The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) is a military award of the United States military which was created by Executive Order 13363 of President George W. Bush on November 29, 2004.[1] The Afghanistan Campaign Medal was designed by the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry.

The Afghanistan Campaign Medal became available for general distribution in June 2005. It is awarded to any member of the U.S. military who has performed duty within the borders of Afghanistan (or its airspace) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days. The medal is retroactive to October 24, 2001 and is active until a date to be determined. Personnel who have been engaged in combat with an enemy force, or personnel who have been wounded in combat within Afghanistan, may receive the Afghanistan Campaign Medal regardless of the number of days spent within the country. The medal is also awarded posthumously to any service member who dies in the line of duty within Afghanistan, including from non-combat injuries such as accidents and mishaps.


Phase 1: Liberation of Afghanistan – September 11, 2001 to November 30, 2001
Phase 2: Consolidation I – December 1, 2001 to September 30, 2006
Phase 3: Consolidation II – October 1, 2006 to November 30, 2009
Phase 4: Consolidation III – December 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011
Phase 5: Transition I – July 1, 2011 to a date to be determined


For each campaign phase that an individual participates in, a bronze 3/16" service star is worn on the service ribbon, with a silver service star being worn in lieu of five bronze service stars.

The Afghanistan Campaign Medal may also be awarded with the combat operation insignia for qualified sailors assigned to Marine Corps units, as well as the arrowhead device for qualified soldiers.

Appearance

The medal is bronze in appearance, 1.25 inches in diameter. It depicts above a range of mountains a map of Afghanistan. Around the top is the inscription "AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN." On the reverse, a radiating demi-sun superimposed by an eagle’s head couped. Inscribed across the bottom half of the reserve side are the three lines "FOR SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN", enclosed by a laurel wreath.


Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

The award replaces the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) for service in Afghanistan and personnel who previously received the GWOTEM for Afghanistan service may elect to exchange the medal for the new Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Both medals may not be received for the same period of service in Afghanistan and any current Afghanistan service will only be recognized with the Afghanistan Campaign Medal
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