Justin A. Wilson

Hospital Corpsman First Class Justin A. Wilson, U.S. Navy

Navy Cross awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hospital Corpsman First Class Justin A. Wilson, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 28 September 2011 while on a mounted patrol, Petty Officer Wilson volunteered to accompany the team’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician to clear an improvised explosive device (IED) from an Afghan Local Police checkpoint. As the EOD Tech entered the checkpoint’s barriers to inspect the IED, there was a large explosion. Despite being disoriented by the dust and overpressure from the blast, and knowing the enemy’s tactic of emplacing multiple IEDs in Read more »

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Aaron M. Kenefick

GySgt. Aaron M. Kenefick, USMC

Bronze Star (Awarded Posthumously) – For Actions During the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Aaron M. Kenefick, United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as an Staff Non-commissioned Officer Advisor-Mentor, 1st Kandak, 2d Brigade, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 8 September 2009. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick was a member of a combined Marine and Afghan patrol that led the way into Ganjgal village to visit with village elders. As the patrol entered the village it was ambushed. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick took cover near a retaining wall and returned fire. When the team leader directed his Marines and the Afghan soldiers to attack and … Read more »

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Gianoulis Roussos

Captain Gianoulis Roussos, USMC

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 Captain Gianoulis Roussos, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Third Platoon Commander, Company B, SECOND Reconnaissance Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), In support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 7 March 2008, while conducting an Aero Scout zone reconnaissance mission in support of Operation GHADAF, Captain Roussos’ vehicle came under intense small arms and machinegun fire from five heavily armed insurgents. As Captain Roussos’ vehicle approached a disabled pick-up truck, three armed insurgents with AK-47 assault rifles exited the vehicle and immediately began to engage his vehicle with accurate and intense small arms fire. A fourth insurgent ran to the back of the truck and lifted up a blue tarp … Read more »

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Javier Obleas

Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas, USMC

Bronze Star (Awarded Posthumously) — For Actions During the Global War on Terror

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Platoon Sergeant, 2d Platoon, Company A, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Marine Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from 1 September to 1 December 2004. Gunnery Sergeant Obleas’ gallant leadership was instrumental during the conduct of 22 combat patrols that located and destroyed more than 10,506 pieces of enemy ordnance. On 13 November, his platoon was attacked by an improvised explosive device that claimed the lives of two Marines and injured four others. His calm and resolute leadership in the midst of the chaotic situation was critical as he maneuvered the platoon to establish a security cordon and directed the recovery and evacuation of the unit’s casualties. On 14 November, an isolated sniper team came Read more »

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Florent A. Groberg

Captain Florent A. Groberg, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by act of Congress, March 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Captain Florent A. Groberg, United States Army. Captain Florent A. Groberg 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 personal security detachment commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, Fourth Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 August 2012. On that day, Captain Groberg was leading a dismounted movement consisting of several senior leaders to include two brigade commanders, two battalion commanders, two command sergeants major, and an Afghanistan National Army brigade commander. Read more »

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