USA Patriotism! ... "Showcasing Pride of America"USA Store! ... American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!"Mere Chance ... A Greatest Generation Story" by David G. BancroftCemetery Woods by David G. BancroftAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. BancroftWaking Dreams by David G. BancroftUSA theme polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel items
Home | Patriots | America's Birth | Articles | Charities | Graphics | Great Americans | Halls of Honor | Heroes | Photos | Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars for Troops | Stories
Student Patriots | Videos | About | Contact | Submit | Banners | Partners | Press | CureNow | New Content | DonateAdd This ... Bookmark and ShareJoin / Like the USA Patriotism! Facebook pageJoin USA Patriotism! at Google+USA Patriotism! On TwitterUSA Patriotism! YouTube Channel

Patriotic Article
Heroes and Patriots

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!Checks with USA, military, and other patriotic designsFree Gifts from The Bradford Exchange Online

Uncommon Valor, Uncommon Award
by USMC Cpl. Abigail Brown - December 24, 2011

American Flag Western Boots

Checks with USA, military, and other patriotic designs

USA, military, and other patriotic themed pullover and button down Polo shirts

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!

Tough Tex American Flags

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (12/20/2011) -- Four Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 were awarded the Individual Action Air Medals with the combat distinguishing device, Dec. 16, for heroic actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 were awarded the Air Medal for heroic actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 16, 2011. (From left to right) Cpl. John M. Cederholm, the mission crew chief, Sgt. Justin K. Bartfield-Smith, the mission aerial gunner and observer, Capt. Matthew A. Cave, the mission co-pilot, and Capt. Thomas M. Keech, the mission pilot, were recognized for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in the Sangin River Valley, Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. This mission was the first time an MV-22B had engaged an enemy in Afghanistan. Photo by USMC Cpl. Abigail Brown
Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 were awarded the Air Medal for heroic actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 16, 2011. (From left to right) Cpl. John M. Cederholm, the mission crew chief, Sgt. Justin K. Bartfield-Smith, the mission aerial gunner and observer, Capt. Matthew A. Cave, the mission co-pilot, and Capt. Thomas M. Keech, the mission pilot, were recognized for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in the Sangin River Valley, Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. This mission was the first time an MV-22B had engaged an enemy in Afghanistan. Photo by USMC Cpl. Abigail Brown
 Capt. Thomas M. Keech, the mission pilot, Capt. Matthew A. Cave, co-pilot, Sgt. Justin K. Bartfield-Smith, aerial gunner and observer, and Cpl. John M. Cederholm, crew chief, were awarded the Air Medal for actions during a priority re-supply mission in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, also known as Geronimo, June 12.

According to the summary of action, the mission took place in the Sangin River Valley, Afghanistan, after ground assets were unable to provide the necessary supplies to Geronimo due to many improvised explosive devices in the area.

Marines on the ground were sustaining heavy casualties and had already required several medical evacuations as well as escort air coverage. One of the escort AH-1W Cobras supporting Geronimo earlier that day had sustained damage from enemy forces to one of its main rotor blades.

Despite the danger, when VMM-264 got the call for help they were ready to answer. Keech, Cave, Bartfield-Smith and Cederholm, the aircrew of an MV-22B Osprey with VMM-264 prepared a plan of action to move supplies to the Marines in the fight.

After receiving intelligence that enemy forces were near the landing zone, the crew mounted
a weapon system to the aircraft before launching on their mission.

“Intelligence painted a good picture, but we were flying into an unfamiliar place marked with smoke,” Keech said. “We weren't sure what to expect.”

During their flight to pick up supplies, the crew test fired their ramp mounted weapon system.

As they neared their objective, the crew had to ensure their arrival wouldn't compete with friendly escort aircraft that were directly overhead the landing zone, so they could integrate their aircraft into the objective area, Keech said.

As they hit the ground, received fire from insurgents hidden in the tree-line bordering the landing zone. Immediately, ground forces and aircraft overhead began to repel the enemy attack while the crew unloaded supplies.

As the unloading progressed, enemy fire increased, forcing the crew to immediately lift off. Before leaving the landing zone, they fired engaged the enemy with the ramp mounted weapon system.

This marked the first time an MV-22B had ever engaged enemy forces in Afghanistan.

“This was a humbling experience,” Cave commented. “You always hear of the ‘glory' of battle, but it's scary. You do your job and leave, so this medal is for those Marines on the ground.”

Other members of the crew felt the same about their role in the successful re-supply mission that day.

“I feel honored to receive this award, but any Marine in our unit would have done the same thing — we just happened to be on duty that day,” Bartfield-Smith said. “Everything we do is to support the ground troops.”

Due to the actions and adaptation of the air-crew that day, the Marines of 1st Bn., 5th Marine Regiment, were able to get their much needed supplies and the Osprey and crew returned unharmed.

By USMC Cpl. Abigail Brown
Marine Corps Air Station New River
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2011

Comment on this article

USA Store! ... over 1,000 American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!USA / Americana theme ... polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel itemsAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. Bancroft
Special Offers - FREE Gifts with Purchase

Charities supported by USA Patriotism! with links to them on all its pages.
USO | American Legion | Operation HomefrontFallen Heroes Fund | Military Order of the Purple Heart | NMFA
Silver Star Families | Gary Sinise Foundation | Journey Home Project | Honor and Remember | Independence Fund

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!
Home | Patriots | America's Birth | ArticlesCharities | Graphics | Great Americans | Heroes | Honor Halls | Photos
Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars For Troops | Stories | Student Patriots | Videos
New Content | About |
Contact | Banners | CureNow | Partners | Press | Privacy


Search USA Patriotism!

 Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC 

Copyright © 2002-2018 ~ USA Patriotism! ~ All Rights Reserved