Monday, March 10, 2008

MEDIC, 2nd Woman to be Awarded Silver Star

The Price of Freedom is Priceless!

A Medic Stationed in Afghanistan Becomes
2nd Woman to be Awarded Silver Star
Sunday , March 09, 2008
CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan

A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in
Afghanistan and only the second female soldier since World War II
to receive the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor.

Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after
a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern
Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.

After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown
ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield
wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the
military said.

"I did not really think about anything except for getting the guys
to a safer location and getting them taken care of and getting them
out of there," Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday at a
U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.

Brown, of Lake Jackson, Texas, is scheduled to receive the
Silver Star later this month. She was part of a four-vehicle convoy
patrolling near Jani Kheil in the eastern province of Paktia on April
25, 2007, when a bomb struck one of the Humvees.

"We stopped the convoy. I opened up my door and grabbed my
aid bag," Brown said. She started running toward the burning
vehicle as insurgents opened fire. All five wounded soldiers had
scrambled out. "I assessed the patients to see how bad they
were. We tried to move them to a safer location because we were
still receiving incoming fire," Brown said.

Pentagon policy prohibits women from serving in front-line combat
roles in the infantry, armor or artillery, for example. But the nature
of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with no real front lines, has
seen women soldiers take part in close-quarters combat more
than previous conflicts.

Four Army nurses in World War II were the first women to receive
the Silver Star, though three nurses serving in World War I were
awarded the medal posthumously last year, according to the Army's
Web site.

Brown, of the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade
Combat Team, said ammunition going off inside the burning
Humvee was sending shrapnel in all directions. She said they were
sitting in a dangerous spot.

"So we dragged them for 100 or 200 meters, got them away from
the Humvee a little bit," she said. "I was in a kind of a robot-mode,
did not think about much but getting the guys taken care of."

For Brown, who knew all five wounded soldiers, it became a race to
get them all to a safer location. Eventually, they moved the
wounded some 500 yards away and treated them on site before
putting them on a helicopter for evacuation.

"I did not really have time to be scared," Brown said. "Running
back to the vehicle, I was nervous (since) I did not know how badly
the guys were injured. That was scary."
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around-the-clock access to mental health professionals.
The number is 1-800-273-TALK.
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