Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller, Under SecArmy photographer
Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal awards the Soldier's Medal to Staff Sgt. Nicholas Purkat, 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. Purket was recognized for saving the lives of several Iraqi civilians who were involved in a vehicle collision, as his unit supported Operation New Dawn retrograde operations. Westphal called the Purket's actions as "heroic" and cited his strong values as the strength of the U.S. Army.