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Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams – Silver Star and Purple Heart

Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconassiance Battalion, recieves the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart from Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force

Patrolling between a tree line and a row of buildings, Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams and his squad heard the sharp cracks of rifles and immediately realized they were being ambushed. Outnumbered and under heavy enemy fire, Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, found himself relying on his instincts and training to protect himself and his Marines.

Sergeant Ryan Steinkamp – Silver Star

“Steinkamp demonstrated all the skills of the Marine squad leader in a very long day of combat in Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division. “From planning the mission, maneuvering his squad, coming into contact with the enemy, setting up supporting fire positions and engaging the enemy, down to close combat with grenades, calling in (medical evacuations), and calling in Cobra (helicopters), he showed the courage and heroism which earned him this Silver Star.”

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