Warlord Receives Bronze Star Medal
(March 14, 2011)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (MCN - March 10, 2011) – A Marine
with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine
Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, also known as the “Warlords,”
received a Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device during an
award ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 25.|
1st Sgt. Chis J. Adams, right, the company first sergeant for
Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine
Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, shakes hands with Brig.
Gen. Christopher S. Owens, the deputy commanding general of II
Marine Expeditionary Force, after receiving his Bronze Star Medal
with Combat Distinguishing Device during an awards ceremony aboard
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 25, 2011. Adams received
his award for heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
First Sgt. Chris J. Adams, the first sergeant for Fox Company,
received his award from Brig. Gen. Christopher S. Owens, the
deputy-commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, for
heroic actions in Afghanistan last year.
Friends, family and
Marines gathered in the Warlord Room, at 2nd Battalion headquarters
building, to watch Adams receive his award.
“It feels good to
be here,” said Adams. “It was a very humbling experience. I was very
Adams, known for his leadership, has spent a
career with the infantry and served as a drill instructor at Marine
Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He has been cited multiple
times for successfully leading his Marines through dangerous
“I live by setting an example,” said Adams. “If
the leader will do it, then the Marines will.”
the citation, Adams moved over 1,500 meters to an enemy fighting
position to save a pinned-down squad, received gunfire, then closed
meters to overtake an enemy position.
“This is the kind of first sergeant you want in your company leading the
Marines,” said Owens while talking to the formation. |
served not only as a great role model for his junior Marines, but also
for the platoon leaders and company commanders.
“The medal is
extremely well deserved,” said 1st Lt. Conner Gentil, a platoon
commander with Weapons Company, who served with Adams as a platoon
commander in Fox Company, during the deployment. “I learned a lot of
things from the first sergeant. He is stern, but fair, and is never
afraid to be with the Marines in combat.”
After two years with
the battalion, Adams prepares to return to Paris Island but said he is
ready to return to an infantry unit and Afghanistan at any time.
The Marines and sailors of the 22nd MEU are in the early stage of their
pre-deployment training program, which is a series of progressively
complex exercises designed to train and test the MEU's ability to
operate as a cohesive and effective Marine Air Ground Task Force.
The 22nd MEU is a multi-mission capable force comprised of Aviation
Combat Element, Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced); Logistics
Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; Ground Combat Element,
Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; and the
Marine Expeditionary Units are the Marine Corps'
smallest permanent Marine Air-Ground Task Force, commanded by a colonel
and comprised of approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors ready to
provide immediate response in a hostile or crisis environment. While
deployed, each MEU also incorporates two KC-130 aircraft available to
support the unit's operations abroad.
Article and photo by USMC Cpl. Dwight Henderson
22nd Marine Expeditionary Public Affairs
Marine Corps News
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