Soldier credited with saving squad leader's life
Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Lindsey Kibler
When Spc. Benjamin Rubino (right) checked his phone June 29, 2013, he never expected to see what appeared on the screen: his former squad leader-nearly 2,700 miles away at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii-was holding a loaded gun to his head. "I didn't know if he was joking or if he was serious," Rubino, of Olympia, Wash., said. "But this wasn't something to ignore." Acting quickly, not knowing what his former leader intended to do, the 24-year old soldier alerted the 25th Infantry Division Staff Duty at the post. "Due to his immediate phone call, the Field Officer of the Day (the officer on duty) was able to locate that soldier within minutes. He was, then, rushed to Tripler Army Medical Center for immediate treatment and observation," said Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, 7th Infantry Division command sergeant major, during a ceremony Aug. 2, outside of the division headquarters, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The ceremony, which happened to be on Rubino's 24th birthday, was to recognize him as the 7th Infantry Division Bayonet Soldier of the Month. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, the division's commanding general, presented Rubino, with the 201st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, with a plaque and commanders coin.
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