Three Mountain Warriors receive Silver Stars for valorous actions

By U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public AffairsApril 30, 2010

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James M. Goodin, from Hays, Kan., with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gets awarded a Silver Star for his heroic action during a platoon mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader, July 15. Goodin positioned himself with the rear element, which was taking the heaviest volume of fire, and fought his way through the ambush down a draw, which led into an open valley. He also put his life in danger to assist two of his Soldiers who were injured by a large boulder. Gen. George W. Casey, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents Goodin's award, on Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, April 30. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James M. Goodin, from Hays, Kan., with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gets awarded a Silver Star for his heroic action during a platoon mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader, July 15. Goodin positioned himself with the rear element, which was taking the heaviest volume of fire, and fought his way through the ambush down a draw, which led into an open valley. He also put his life in danger to assist two of his Soldiers who were injured by a large boulder. Gen. George W. Casey, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents Goodin's award, on Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, April 30. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Victor E. De La Cruz, from San Diego, Calif., with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gets awarded a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, Oct. 3. Once the enemy contact was made, De La Cruz quickly got into position as a team leader to direct fire and led his team in the direction of the enemy's main assault. He repeatedly exposed himself to accurate small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire in order to point out enemy positions to his Soldiers and move to an Improved Target Acquisition System position. Due to his technical proficiency, he destroyed four enemy positions, which resulted in a lull in the enemy fire that allowed his section to regain the tactical initiative. Gen. George W. Casey, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents De La Cruz's award, on Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, April 30. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Victor E. De La Cruz, from San Diego, Calif., with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gets awarded a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, Oct. 3. Once the enemy contact was made, De La Cruz quickly got into position as a team leader to direct fire and led his team in the direction of the enemy's main assault. He repeatedly exposed himself to accurate small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire in order to point out enemy positions to his Soldiers and move to an Improved Target Acquisition System position. Due to his technical proficiency, he destroyed four enemy positions, which resulted in a lull in the enemy fire that allowed his section to regain the tactical initiative. Gen. George W. Casey, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents De La Cruz's award, on Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, April 30. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Keith R. Stickney, from Salem, N.H., with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Destroyer, gets awarded a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, Oct. 3. Stickney led his three-man mortar section throughout the entire engagement, making swift and correct tactical decisions to keep his subordinate Soldiers alive. He held his position, placing accurate and effective suppressive fire on attacking enemy forces, allowing two of his fellow Soldiers to reach the mortar pit unharmed. Gen. George W. Casey, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents Stickney's award, on Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, April 30.  (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Spc. Keith R. Stickney, from Salem, N.H., with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Destroyer, gets awarded a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province, Oct. 3. Stickney led his three-man mortar section throughout the entire engagement, making swift and correct tactical decisions to keep his subordinate Soldiers alive. He held his position, placing accurate and effective suppressive fire on attacking enemy forces, allowing two of his fellow Soldiers to reach the mortar pit unharmed. Gen. George W. Casey, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents Stickney's award, on Forward Operating Base Fenty in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, April 30. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army Pfc. Beth Raney, Task Force Mountain Warrior Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL