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Army Spc. Kyle Laskoskie Earns Valor Award
by Army Sgt. Gene Arnold - December 22, 2012

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U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Laskoskie, a 26-year-old native of Gilbertsville, Pa., is a forward observer assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stands proudly after receiving the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device Dec. 11, 2012 at Combat Outpost Muqor, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Gene Arnold, Task Force 4-1 PAO)
U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Laskoskie, a 26-year-old native of Gilbertsville, Pa., is a forward observer assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stands proudly after receiving the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device Dec. 11, 2012 at Combat Outpost Muqor, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Gene Arnold, Task Force 4-1 PAO)

 

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan (10/15/2012) – Merriam-Webster defines valor as “strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness.” Since arriving in Afghanistan, Task Force 4-1 has awarded 20 valorous citations to deserving soldiers. Of those 20, here is the story of one.

U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Laskoskie is a forward observer assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. His display of discipline, accuracy and composure under fire helped suppress enemy small arms fire, ultimately saving the lives of the Soldiers around him.

On Dec. 11, Laskoskie was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device by Task Force 4-1 Commander Col. Joseph Wawro at Combat Outpost Muqor for heroic actions taken in combat on Sept. 13.

“I was awarded the device for actions taken at the school house in September. I was observing on the roof for the scouts, from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd (Airborne) Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, when we started to get ambushed from all three sides,” he said. “A mortar round came and hit the roof about five feet from my right side and blew me off the roof. I hit the ground and was knocked out for a little while. I soon gained consciousness, checked on my team to see if they were all right.”

“I then climbed back to the roof top and began calling for 120mm mortar support, 42 to be exact, and five guided bomb unit drops before being medically evacuated to Bagram Air Field,” he added.

The actions he took on the battlefield led to the successful suppression of enemy fire, ultimately saving the men around him. His supervisor, 1st Lt. Jarrett Buchanan, the fire support officer for ‘Demon' Company, 2-16 Inf. Reg., had kind words about Laskoskie's ability as a forward observer.

“Spc. Laskoskie is probably one of the best observers that I've seen. He's definitely competent in everything he does,” he said.

“I can definitely see him as a non-commissioned officer. I think he's ready for it. I think the NCO Corps needs more Soldiers like Spc. Laskoskie that will take any situation by the horns and go for it,” said Buchanan.

Laskoskie doesn't feel like he did anything that would require him to be awarded the valorous citation.

“Don't get me wrong, it's nice to receive it but I didn't do it for the award. I just did it because it was my job to keep my buddies safe and the people around them, so they can get home to their family,” said Laskoskie. ”If it happened again, I'd do it again to keep my battle buddies safe.”

By Army Sgt. Gene Arnold
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Copyright 2012

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