• Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide is pinned with the Silver Star medal, April 5, 2013, by Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the 20th Support Command, during a ceremony outside the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Ky., for actions during an enemy ambush in the Kunar Valley, Afghanistan, in 2010. Loheide, who is from Patchogue, N.Y., was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Loheide, who re-enlisted during the ceremony as well, now serves as the Adaptive Reconditioning Program Noncommissioned Officer at the Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Campbell.

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide Silver Star

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide is pinned with the Silver Star medal, April 5, 2013, by Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the 20th Support Command, during a ceremony outside the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide was awarded the Silver Star medal, April 5, 2013, during a ceremony outside the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Ky., for his actions during an enemy ambush in the Kunar Valley, Afghanistan, in 2010. Loheide, who is from Patchogue, N.Y., was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Loheide, who re-enlisted during the ceremony as well, now serves as the Adaptive Reconditioning Program Noncommissioned Officer at the Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Campbell. Loheide's wife, Marianne, and daughter, Annabella, also were a part of the ceremony.

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide with wife and daughter

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide was awarded the Silver Star medal, April 5, 2013, during a ceremony outside the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Ky., for his actions during an enemy ambush in the Kunar...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide re-enlists during his Silver Star ceremony, April 5, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the 20th Support Command, pinned Loheide with the Silver Star and administered the oath of enlistment during the ceremony outside the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Loheide, who is from Patchogue, N.Y., now serves as the Adaptive Reconditioning Program Noncommissioned Officer at the Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Campbell.

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide Re-enlists

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide re-enlists during his Silver Star ceremony, April 5, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the 20th Support Command, pinned Loheide with the Silver Star and administered the oath...

  • Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the 20th Support Command, speaks to attendees during a Silver Star ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., April 5, 2013, for Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide. Loheide received the award for actions during an ambush in the Kunar Valley, Afghanistan, in 2010. Loheide, who is from Patchogue, N.Y., was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Loheide, who re-enlisted during the ceremony as well, now serves as the Adaptive Reconditioning Program Noncommissioned Officer at the Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Campbell.

    Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, 20th Support Command

    Maj. Gen. Leslie C. Smith, commanding general of the 20th Support Command, speaks to attendees during a Silver Star ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., April 5, 2013, for Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide. Loheide received the award for actions during an...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide was awarded the Silver Star medal, April 5, 2013, during a ceremony outside the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Ky., for his actions during an enemy ambush in the Kunar Valley, Afghanistan, in 2010. Loheide, who is from Patchogue, N.Y., was attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Loheide, who re-enlisted during the ceremony as well, now serves as the Adaptive Reconditioning Program Noncommissioned Officer at the Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Campbell. Loheide's wife, Marianne, and daughter, Annabella, also were a part of the ceremony.

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide Silver Star

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Loheide was awarded the Silver Star medal, April 5, 2013, during a ceremony outside the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Ky., for his actions during an enemy ambush in the Kunar...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (April 8, 2013) -- Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide received the ultimate two-for-one deal from the Army, Friday.

He was awarded the Silver Star Medal at a special ceremony, April 5, for heroic actions as a platoon leader assigned to the 2nd Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during Operation Strong Eagle while deployed to Afghanistan in June 2010.

He also showed his commitment to the Army and his fellow Soldiers by re-enlisting moments after receiving his award.

Loheide, who is assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Campbell as an adaptive reconditioning noncommissioned officer, spoke to members of the media at a press conference following his ceremony, and said he was humbled to receive the award.

"I've often looked at this as kind of a double-edged sword, and I humbly accept this award knowing not only what I did, but also what my men did out there," he said. "I was never afraid of dying out there as much as I was afraid of failing my men. They were my responsibility and it was my job to take care of them."

Loheide was flanked by former members of his unit, who offered the highest praise for him.

"He took me in as a young junior officer and showed me what right looks like," said Capt. Douglas Jones, his former platoon leader.

"I am the product of what they forged," Loheide said.

Loheide suffered a traumatic brain injury during the conflict at Kunar Valley, Afghanistan, but was still able to evacuate his other Soldiers to safety despite his own injuries.

"I couldn't leave my men behind. It's not in me," he said.

He said his experiences as a combat veteran are very useful in his current position at the Warrior Transition Battalion.

"From my own experiences, I feel that I can relate to the Soldiers there more than the clinicians can," he said.

As for re-enlisting, Loheide said that was an easy decision.

"I've never left the Army because it's a part of me," he said.

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