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August 07, 2005
Oregon National Guard Soldier receives Bronze Star for service in Iraq
1st Lt. Krystal L. Loverin of Bend, Ore. was awarded the Bronze Star in a ceremony on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore.
She received the award for meritorious service during combat operations while serving as a platoon leader for B Company 52nd Engineers during a tour of duty in Iraq from March 2003 to October 2004.
"I feel this award belongs to all the soldiers who were there everyday working together," said Loverin.
B Co. 52nd Engineers performed heavy equipment construction while attached to the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) while in Iraq. They performed numerous Civil Military Operation projects including, 25 miles of road improvements in a remote area of Northern Iraq, construction of soccer fields, extinguishing a sulfur fire, and numerous excavation missions supporting the force protection construction of the coalition forces base camps.
1. Description: A Bronze star 1 1/2 inches in circumscribing diameter. In the center thereof is a 3/16-inch diameter superimposed bronze star, the center line of all rays of both stars coinciding. The reverse has the inscription "HEROIC OR MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT" and a space for the name of the recipient to be engraved. The star is suspended from the ribbon by a rectangular shaped metal loop with the corners rounded.
2. Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes: 1/32 inch White 67101; 9/16 inch Scarlet 67111; 1/32 inch White; center stripe 1/8 inch Ultramarine Blue 67118; 1/32 inch White; 9/16 inch Scarlet; and 1/32 inch White.
3. Criteria: a. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
b. Awards may be made for acts of heroism, performed under circumstances described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award of the Silver Star.
c. Awards may be made to recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service. The required achievement or service while of lesser degree than that required for the award of the Legion of Merit must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.
Capt Mike Braibish
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