Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller, Under SecArmy photographer
Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal awarded the Soldier's Medal to, from left to right, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Purkat, Spc. Christopher Edwards, and Sgt. Shawn Schmidt, assigned to the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Minnesota Army National Guard, during a visit to the Camp Ripley Training Center, Minn., Sept. 22, 2012. The Soldiers were recognized for saving the lives of several Iraqi civilians who were involved in a vehicle collision, as their unit supported Operation New Dawn retrograde operations.