• (center, L to R) Pvt. Marvin Frisby, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team; Spc. Benjamin Rubino, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade; and Sgt. Larry Blais, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team; stand in front of soldiers from their respective brigades, Aug. 2, at the 7th Infantry Division headquarters, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Frisby, Rubino, and Blais were recognized as the Bayonet Soldiers of the Month for various actions and presented a certificate and commanders coin from Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza and Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, the division's commanding general and command sergeant major.

    Soldier credited with saving squad leader's life

    (center, L to R) Pvt. Marvin Frisby, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team; Spc. Benjamin Rubino, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade; and Sgt. Larry Blais, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team; stand in front of soldiers from their respective brigades, Aug...

  • When Spc. Benjamin Rubino (right) checked his phone June 29, 2013, he never expected to see what appeared on the screen: his former squad leader-nearly 2,700 miles away at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii-was holding a loaded gun to his head. "I didn't know if he was joking or if he was serious," Rubino, of Olympia, Wash., said. "But this wasn't something to ignore." Acting quickly, not knowing what his former leader intended to do, the 24-year old soldier alerted the 25th Infantry Division Staff Duty at the post. "Due to his immediate phone call, the Field Officer of the Day (the officer on duty) was able to locate that soldier within minutes. He was, then, rushed to Tripler Army Medical Center for immediate treatment and observation," said Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, 7th Infantry Division command sergeant major, during a ceremony Aug. 2, outside of the division headquarters, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The ceremony, which happened to be on Rubino's 24th birthday, was to recognize him as the 7th Infantry Division Bayonet Soldier of the Month. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, the division's commanding general, presented Rubino, with the 201st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, with a plaque and commanders coin.

    Soldier credited with saving squad leader's life

    When Spc. Benjamin Rubino (right) checked his phone June 29, 2013, he never expected to see what appeared on the screen: his former squad leader-nearly 2,700 miles away at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii-was holding a loaded gun to his head. "I didn't know...

  • Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (left), commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, presents Spc. Benjamin Rubino, 201st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, with a Bayonet Soldier of the Month plaque, Aug. 2, outside of the division headquarters, for his actions June 29, 2013. On that day, Rubino, of Olympia, Wash., received a photo on his cell phone of his former squad leader holding a loaded gun to his head. He quickly alerted the authorities at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where the squad leader was located, and they were able to get the soldier to the hospital for treatment and observation.

    Soldier credited with saving squad leader's life

    Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (left), commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, presents Spc. Benjamin Rubino, 201st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, with a Bayonet Soldier of the Month plaque, Aug. 2...

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - When Spc. Benjamin Rubino checked his phone June 29, 2013, he never expected to see what appeared on the screen: his former squad leader-nearly 2,700 miles away at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii- holding a loaded gun to his head.

"I didn't know if he was joking or if he was serious," Rubino, of Olympia, Wash., said. "But this wasn't something to ignore."

Acting quickly, not knowing what his former leader intended to do, the 24-year old soldier alerted the 25th Infantry Division Staff Duty at the post.

"Due to his immediate phone call, the Field Officer of the Day (the officer on duty) was able to locate that soldier within minutes. He was, then, rushed to Tripler Army Medical Center for immediate treatment and observation," said Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, 7th Infantry Division command sergeant major, during a ceremony Aug. 2, outside of the division headquarters, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The ceremony, which happened to be on Rubino's 24th birthday, was to recognize him as the 7th Infantry Division Bayonet Soldier of the Month. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, the division's commanding general, presented Rubino with a plaque and commanders coin.

"It was due to your mental dexterity that you prevented your former squad leader from harming himself," the certificate read.

Rubino, with the 201st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, said he was doing his job as a soldier and a friend.

"I didn't do anything that I wouldn't want someone to do for me - or any other soldier - if that situation happened," he said. "I'm glad that people were able to get to him and help him."

Lanza and Byers praised the soldier's actions in front of his fellow Soldiers, peers, and brigade leadership.

"In an organization, it's not about the equipment. It's not about the resources. It's about the people," Lanza said. "And I am proud to be standing in front of this formation to congratulate (Rubino) for saving a life."

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