Screaming Eagle Soldier to be presented Distinguished Service Cross
April 4, 2012
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (April 4, 2012) -- Sgt. Felipe Pereira will be presented with the Distinguished Service Cross by Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, during a ceremony scheduled for April 12, 2012 at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters located on Fort Campbell, Ky. Pereira is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 502d Infantry Regiment (Strike).
The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from their comrades.
The Distinguished Service Cross is second only to the Medal of Honor and this will be the first award to a 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier since the Division's service in Vietnam.