Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HOWZ-E-MADAD, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN â€“ Gen. George W. Casey, the Army Chief of Staff, shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Joseph Perminas, a 32 year old native of Antiock, Il. with Company A, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during an awards ceremony at Forward Operating Base Wilson, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Oct.12 . Casey pinned Perminas with a Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds he received to his lower back when a hand grenade exploded in Zharay, Oct. 2.