Photo Credit: Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Division Public Affairs
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Lt. Col. Henry Perry (second from left), commander of the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, poses for a picture with Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Leipold (right), a native of Hollidaysburg, Pa., and an AH-64D Apache helicopter maintenance test pilot for B Company, 4-227th ARB, 1st ACB, at Hood Army Air Field here, Oct. 4. Leipold was awarded the Air Medal with Valor device for his actions during a battle he was in July 2011 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. As the Air Mission Commander and Pilot-in-Command, Leipold and his team successfully engaged and destroyed over twenty enemy fighting positions, all while taking extreme amounts of enemy fire, in order to ensure that U.S. and British Special Operations Forces could safely and successfully infiltrate and occupy the area the next day.