• Army Reserve 1st Lt. Colin Morris affixes the Purple Heart medal on Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz in a ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 1. Mintz received his medal for injuries sustained in Tikrit, Iraq while deployed there with the 320th Military Police Company from St. Petersburg, Fla. Mintz was in the lead vehicle in a convoy when it was hit by an improvised explosive device. Mintz's wife, Tracy, is standing to his left. The 320th MPC is assigned to the 200th Military Police Command, based at Fort Meade, Md. The 200th MPCOM has more than 14,000 Soldiers in 44 States and commands nearly all military police assigned to the Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joel Quebec)

    200th MPCOM Soldiers receives Purple Heart during ceremony

    Army Reserve 1st Lt. Colin Morris affixes the Purple Heart medal on Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz in a ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 1. Mintz received his medal for injuries sustained in Tikrit, Iraq while deployed there with the 320th Military Police...

  • Army Reserve 1st Lt. Colin Morris embraces Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz just after pinning on his Purple Heart medal in a ceremony in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 1. Mintz received his medal for injuries sustained in Tikrit, Iraq while deployed there with the 320th Military Police Company, an Army Reserve unit from St. Petersburg, Fla. Mintz's wife Tracy is to the awardees left. The 320th MPC is assigned to the 200th Military Police Command, based at Fort Meade, Md. The 200th MPCOM has more than 14,000 Soldiers in 44 States and commands nearly all military police assigned to the Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joel Quebec)

    200th MPCOM Soldiers receives Purple Heart during ceremony

    Army Reserve 1st Lt. Colin Morris embraces Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz just after pinning on his Purple Heart medal in a ceremony in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 1. Mintz received his medal for injuries sustained in Tikrit, Iraq while deployed there with the...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. John Schiffli, the senior enlisted Soldier of the 317th Military Police Battalion greets Tracy Mintz, the wife of Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz just after a Purple Heart ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 1. Mintz, assigned the 320th Military Police Company, received the medal for injuries sustained in an improvised explosive device attack in Tikrit, Iraq, in September 2008. The 317th MPB is assigned to the 200th Military Police Command, based at Fort Meade, Md. The 200th MPCOM has more than 14,000 Soldiers in 44 States and commands nearly all military police assigned to the Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joel Quebec)

    200th MPCOM Soldiers receives Purple Heart during ceremony

    Command Sgt. Maj. John Schiffli, the senior enlisted Soldier of the 317th Military Police Battalion greets Tracy Mintz, the wife of Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz just after a Purple Heart ceremony in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 1. Mintz, assigned the 320th...

  • Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz is presented with a U.S. flag and an accompanying certificate stating that the flag had been flown over the Capitol. The presentation occurred in Tampa. Fla., during a ceremony on Dec. 1 where Mintz was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in Iraq in 2008. On Mintz's left is his wife Tracy. Mintz is assigned to the 320th Military Police Company.  The 320th MPC is assigned to the 200th Military Police Command, based at Fort Meade, Md. The 200th MPCOM has more than 14,000 Soldiers in 44 States and commands nearly all military police assigned to the Army Reserve. (Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joel Quebec)

    200th MPCOM Soldiers receives Purple Heart during ceremony

    Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz is presented with a U.S. flag and an accompanying certificate stating that the flag had been flown over the Capitol. The presentation occurred in Tampa. Fla., during a ceremony on Dec. 1 where Mintz was awarded...

TAMPA, Fla. - Few events in a Soldier's life make as much of an impact or leave as lasting a memory as an incident resulting in a Purple Heart medal.

On Sept. 18, 2008 such an event happened to Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Robert Mintz of the 320th Military Police Company from St. Petersburg, Fla., while he was in the lead vehicle of a convoy in Tikrit, Iraq.

On Dec. 1, 2012, Mintz was awarded the Purple Heart at the Lovejoy Army Reserve Center here.
The narrative statement for the 200th Military Police Command warfighter describes an improvised explosive device that's detonation force was sufficient to lift the 30,000-plus pound Mine Resistant Ambush Protected or MRAP vehicle off the ground until it landed some 15-20 feet away from the blast site, while Mintz bounced around the inside.

After all personnel were accounted for and found to be alive, the Soldiers regrouped out of the kill zone with rest of the convoy, after which, Mintz led a dismounted patrol back to the area of the attack where they apprehended one of the perpetrators. Mintz was later diagnosed with a concussion and traumatic brain injury, which led the awarding of the Purple Heart.

"It was a rough day," Mintz said after the ceremony. "But we did our jobs, just as we were supposed to do."

For Mintz, it isn't about the medal, but about his troops and knowing they all made it home after the deployment.

"I didn't like what he had to do to get [the Purple Heart]," said his wife, Tracy. "But we're very proud of him."

Command Sgt. Maj. Kurtis Timmer, the senior enlisted Soldier in the 200th MPCOM said, Soldiers like Mintz are why he has continued his service for more than 33 years.

"Within our formations across this command, we continue to hear stories about warfighters, like Staff Sgt. Mintz, who truly are the Champions of the Army Reserve," he said. "Whether I visit our Soldiers abroad or our wounded warriors here in the States, I am reminded daily of why I serve and the sacrifices our Soldiers and their families make each day. We truly are a command filled with American heroes -- in uniform and within our communities across dozens of states."

Timmer said military spouses, like Tracy, are essential to the success of a unit's mobilization and the glue which bonds the spirit of the military police warfighter.

"Tracy was left behind as her husband deployed into harm's way, and I salute her and all our military police families," he said. "If it wasn't for the love and support of all our extended formations who do not wear the Army Combat Uniform, we wouldn't be the professionals we are today."

Along with the medal, Mintz was given a flag by an aide to U.S. Rep. Bill Young with an accompanying certificate stating that the flag had been flown over the Capitol.

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