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Press Release
July 21, 2005
Oregon Citizen-Soldiers Receive Combat Medical Badge
FOB WARRIOR, Iraq - Six citizen-soldiers from Oregon were awarded the Combat Medical Badge in a ceremony held on Jul. 8 at the Task Force 3-116 Armor Battalion Aide Station.
The Soldiers received the awards for providing care to the wounded after three separate attacks by insurgent forces.
The Combat Medical Badges were presented personally by 116th Brigade Combat Team commander, Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart, who commended each of them on the performance of their duty.
The recipients of the awards are:
• Medford, Ore. soldier Spc. Richard Egan of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Spc. Nicolas Kettaneh of HHC, both of whom are attached to F Batttery, 188th Air Defense Artillery, provided medical attention after an indirect fire attack on the Delacruz range, Iraq.
• La Grande, Ore. soldier Sgt. 1st Class Louis Gerber of HHC, along with Reedsport, Ore. soldier Spc. Raymond Viers of A Company, rendered medical attention after an IED detonation near Dogmat village, Iraq.
• Spc. Alan Yanez, a soldier from The Dalles, Ore., of the Scout Platoon, and Spc. Isaac Witcraft, a soldier from Nyssa, Ore., of A Co., (who was unable to attend), provided medical attention after an IED detonated near Hawijah, Iraq while they were on combat patrol.
All are members of TF 3-116 Armor and all were awarded the badge for rendering medical attention while participating in combat operations under hostile fire in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
Brig. Gen. Gayhart spoke informally with the entire formation of Soldiers afterward, answering questions and addressing concerns.
The 116th Brigade Combat Team supports the government of Iraq in the areas of Security, Economics, Government and Communications.
The 116th Brigade Combat Team is composed of units from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Maryland and New Jersey. The unit is comprised of headquarters and staff sections, the 2nd and 3rd Armor Battalions, the 1-148th Field Artillery Battalion, the 1-163rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, the 145th Support Battalion, the 116th Engineer Battalion and various intelligence, signal and specialized units. The 116th BCT is one of several Army National Guard units deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
DSCN1901.jpg The Combat Medical Badge was awarded to (L-R), Spc. Richard Egan, Spc. Nicolas Kettaneh, Sgt. 1st Class Louis Gerber, Spc. Raymond Viers and Spc. Alan Yanez, July 8 at FOB Warrior, by Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jack White, 116th BCT Public Affairs)
CPT Monte Hibbert
116th BCT Public Affairs