SGT Michael Buyas – Active Duty

Active – Medical Hold Company, Walter Reed Medical Center
MOS: 19K (M1 Armor Crewman)
Current Duty: Medical hold.
Deployed Unit: Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
SGT Buyas deployed as part of OIF. On December 23, 2004, Sergeant Buyas was attacked by enemy forces using an improvised explosive device while he was on security patrol in a Stryker military vehicle near Mosul, Iraq.
Home of Record: Orondo, WA
Medals: Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

SGT April Pashley – Army Reserves

Guard/Reserve – 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Special Operations), Fort Dix, NJ
MOS: 38A (Civil Affairs Specialist)
Current Duty: Team Sergeant – Civil Affairs Team
Deployed Unit: 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Special Operations)
SGT Pashley deployed during the first year of OIF. She was performing duties as a guard from the rooftop of a building housing Coalition Forces when armed insurgents attacked using 106mm rockets. SGT Pashley continued to perform her defensive duties without hesitation as rounds landed within 100-150 meters of her position.
Home of Record: Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
Medals: Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Appurtenance, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

SGT Manuel J Montano – Active Duty

Active Duty – 289th Military Police Company, Ft Myer, VA
MOS: 31B2 (Military Police Corps)
Current Duty: Team Leader
Deployed Unit: 21st MP Company (ABN)
SGT Montano was deployed for OIF. In June 2004, Sgt Montano deployed to Iraq and served as a squad leader. While assigned to Camp Victory, Baghdad, he led his Squad on 75 Combat Patrols and 32 convoy escorts with 100% mission accomplishment. While performing duties during a convoy that was attacked by enemy forces using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, SGT Montano immediately took charge of the situation to set up security and provide first aid to injured soldiers. Upon departure of the MEDEVAC, the convoy was once again attacked with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Home of Record: Westminster, CO
Medals: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

 

SGT Sean Steans – Active Duty

Active – Medical Hold Company, Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, DC
MOS: 88M (Motor Transport Operator)
Current Duty: Medical Hold
Deployed Unit: 377th Transportation Company, 3rd COSCOM
SGT Steans deployed as part of OIF in order to perform duties as a convoy driver. In February 2005, he was wounded when enemy forces detonated an improvised explosive device when he was performing a resupply mission near Humaniyah, Iraq.
Home of Record: Bay Minette, AL.
Medals: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

SGT Timothy Gustafson – TN Army Nat’l Guard

Guard – 1st BN, 278th Regimental Combat Team
MOS: 13F (Forward Observer/Fire Support Specialist)
Current Duty: Attached to Walter Reed for medical, treatment.
Deployed Unit: 1st BN, 278th Regimental Combat Team Camp Caldwell, Iraq
In November 2004, SGT Tim Gustafson was deployed to Iraq. He was a part of the Camp’s IED route clearance team and conducted more than 30 missions, averaging 100 miles per mission. Another aspect of his duties included securing critical pipelines. In January 2004, SGT Gustafson was conducting a pipeline security mission when enemy forces detonated an improvised explosive device near his HMWWV. He was seriously wounded in the lower right leg. Within 15 minutes, a Blackhawk helicopter evacuated SGT Gustafson to Balad.
Home of Record: Leavenworth, KS
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Clarksville, TN
Medals: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal and NATO Medal.