Medic's training pays off in combat
By Spc. Shantelle Campbell, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 1st Infantry Division
Nov 18, 2009 - 6:42:03 PM
Blackanthem Military News
Blackanthem Military News
TUZ, Iraq - A private from Fruitland, Idaho, was the first in her brigade to receive the Combat Medic Badge for her heroic actions since deploying to Iraq this year.
|Private Brandi Hunter, a Fruitland, Idaho, native and medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4thBrigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan., receives a Combat Medic Badge for actions after her convoy was hit by an anti-tank grenade. (Photo by Spc. Shantelle J. Campbell, 4IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)|
Private Brandi Hunter, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan.,was among seven Soldiers who were presented awards Nov. 13 for saving lives Oct. 11.
On that day, a 4-1 BSTB convoy was hit by an RKG-3 anti-tank grenade. As the truck filled with black smoke, Pvt. Hunter and the rest of the Soldiers in the vehicle quickly sprung into action, ensuring that everyone in the vehicle was OK and tending to wounds suffered as a result of the attack.
At first, it was a little cloudy, said Pvt. Hunter. However, they quickly pulled the gunner out of the turret of the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle. While the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Andre Gonzales, was asking everyone if they were OK, Pvt. Hunter said they noticed he was bleeding. That's when they tended to his wounds and continued. She said everything she learned in the past was running through her head.
The "Wolverine" battalion commander, Lt. Col. Eric Moore, said that he feels confident about rolling out on missions because he has Soldiers like Pvt. Hunter who know how to execute their duties to standard.
Combat Action badges were awarded to the six other Soldiers. After the award ceremony Pvt. Hunter remained humble saying, "award or not, it's still fulfilling."
"It's my job," she said. "That's what I'm trained to do and that's why I'm with them to do exactly what I did."
CAB Awardees are as follows:
- Spc. Jeffrey Fugitt, a military policeman
- Pvt. Kasey Huff, a military policeman
- Pfc. Daniel Meyers, a military policeman
- Spc. Arabelle Isaac, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist
- Pfc. Shawn Proctor, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist
- Pfc. Meghan Raulston, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist
|Seven Soldiers from 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan., were given awards during an award ceremony at Forward Operating Base Bernstein, Nov. 13. Six Combat Action Badges and one Combat Medic Badge were awarded during the ceremony. (Photo by Spc. Shantelle J. Campbell, 4IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)|