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October 04, 2005
National Guard members earn Combat Medical Badges and Commander's Coins
FOB WARRIOR, Iraq - Six Soldiers of Task Force 3-116 Armor were awarded the Combat Medical Badge, while 10 others were presented commander's coins, prior to a Town Hall meeting held by 116th BCT Commander, Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart, September 30.
The Combat Medical Badge was conceived March 1, 1945 by the War Department. To be awarded the Combat Medical Badge the infantry unit to which the medical personnel were assigned or attached must have engaged the enemy in active ground combat. Medical personnel must have been personally present and under fire in order to be eligible for this award.
The six Soldiers of TF 3-116 AR who were personally awarded the Combat Medical Badge for rendering first aid under combat conditions by Brig. Gen. Gayhart, were:
- Spc. Isac Witcraft of Nyssa,
- Spc. Clayton Stevens of Ontario,
- Spc. Jeremy Kitchen of Pendleton,
- Sgt. Benjamin Dyson Chicago, Ill.
- Sgt. John Kreider of Pendleton,
- Sgt. Michael Sweek of Heppner.
During the special ceremony, 10 Soldiers of the TF 3-116 Armor, were presented a commander's coin by Gayhart, for their various contributions in support of the 116th Brigade Combat Team.
The Soldiers were:
- Sgt. 1st Class Todd Gorham of La Grande,
- Spc. Joshua Letchworth of Halfway,
- Sgt. Craig Moran of Ontario,
- Spc. Tommy Fisher of Umatilla,
- Sgt. Rodney Rush, Lebanon,
- Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Johnson, Portland,
- Sgt. Paul Scown, Provo, Utah,
- Sgt. Brian Allender, of Ontario,
- Spc. Joel Ruhle, Boise, Idaho,
- Spc. Raymond Carroll, Kellogg, Idaho.
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116th Brigade Combat Team Commander, Brig. Gen. Alan Gayhart (L), presented these six Soldiers of Task Force 3-116 Armor the Combat Medical Badge, Sept. 30. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jack White, 116th BCT Public Affairs)
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These 10 Members of Task Force 3-116 Armor, received a commander's coin during a Town Hall meeting and special presentation ceremony Sept. 30, at FOB Warrior, Iraq. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jack White, 116th BCT Public Affairs)
CPT Monte Hibbert
116th BCT Public Affairs
 at monte.hibbert@us.army.mil