TUZ, Iraq – A private from Fruitland, Idaho, was the first in her brigade to receive the Combat Medic Badge for her actions to save Soldiers injured in the blast from an anti-tank grenade.
Pvt. Brandi Hunter, a medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, was among seven Soldiers who were presented awards Nov. 13 for saving lives on Oct. 11.
On that day, an STB, 4th IBCT convoy was hit by an RKG-3 anti-tank grenade. As the truck filled with black smoke, Hunter and the rest of the Soldiers in the vehicle quickly sprang into action, ensuring everyone in the vehicle was alright and tending to wounds suffered as a result of the attack.
Hunter said at first, things were a little cloudy. However, they quickly pulled the gunner out of the turret of the vehicle. While the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Andre Gonzales, was asking everyone if they were OK, 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.
Eric Moore, commander of the “Wolverine” battalion, said he feels confident about rolling out on missions because he has Soldiers like Hunter who know how to execute their duties to standard.
Combat Action Badges were awarded to the six other Soldiers. “Award or not, it’s still fulfilling,” Hunter said after the ceremony. “It’s my job. That’s what I’m trained to do, and that’s why I’m with them, to do exactly what I did.”
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
By Spc. Shantelle Campbell
4th IBCT Public Affairs
Spc. Shantelle J. Campbell | 4TH IBCT
Seven Soldiers from STB, 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div., were given awards Nov. 13 during a ceremony at FOB Bernstein. Six Combat Action Badges and one Combat Medic Badge were awarded.