U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Thomas S. James Jr., left, commander of 1st U.S. Army, Former U.S. Army Capt. Andrew L. Bundermann, middle, infantry officer assigned to Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Dwayne Cook, senior enlisted leader for 1st Army, pose for a photo on March 7, 2019, during Bundermann's Distinguished Service Cross ceremony at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The award, the Army's second highest military honor after the Medal of Honor, was presented to Andrew Bundermann for gallantry in action against an armed enemy while serving with Troop B, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a violent engagement with enemy forces at Combat Outpost KEATING on October 3, 2009, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Bundermann orchestrated the defense of Combat Outpost KEATING, preventing it from falling into the hands of a Taliban force of more than 400 enemy fighters.
U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield