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Airbornelawyer
02-20-2007, 11:57
Guard Experience Online: Kentucky National Guard Soldier Receives Distinguished Service Cross (http://www.gxonline.com/gxintelnews?id=38590)
Kentucky Army National Guard SSG Timothy Nein received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award only to the Medal of Honor, during a ceremony at the National Guard Association of Kentucky conference in Lexington, for his extraordinary heroism in action during an ambush that took place almost two years ago in Iraq.

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Louisville Courier-Journal: Guardsman honored: Actions in Iraq earn Army's second-highest medal (http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20070218&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=702180515&SectionCat=&Template=printart) Timothy Nein vividly recalls what happened along a highway 26 miles southeast of Baghdad on Palm Sunday, 2005. A staff sergeant deployed to Iraq as part of the Kentucky National Guard's 617th Military Police Company, Nein was leading a squad of 10 soldiers patrolling the key supply route when it came upon two truck convoys under fire from automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. "The guys from my squad can tell you there's not a day that goes by that that day does not affect us in one way or another, good or bad," Nein said yesterday. Despite heavy fire from a force of insurgents much larger than he initially expected, Nein led a successful counterattack. At a ceremony at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort yesterday, Nein was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions that day.

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This was the same action as that of Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, who became the first female recipient of the Silver Star since World War II, discussed here (http://www.professionalsoldiers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7225). The DSC was an upgrade to the Silver Star he previously received.

The action is discussed in detail in the U.S. Army's Combat Studies Institute's In Contact! Case Studies from the Long War, Volume I (http://usacac.army.mil/CAC/csi/CSI-CaseStudiesVolume%20I.pdf) (pages 59-82; PDF format, about 5 mB)

SSGT Nein is the fifth DSC recipient of the War on Terror. The prior recipients were: MAJ Mark E. Mitchell (http://www.homeofheroes.com/valor/02_wot/dsc_mitchell.html), 3/5th SFG(A); MSGT Donald R. Hollenbaugh (http://www.homeofheroes.com/valor/02_wot/dsc_hollenbaugh.html), USASOC; Col. James H. Coffman, Jr. (http://www.homeofheroes.com/valor/02_wot/dsc_coffman.html), Sr. Advisor, 1st Iraqi Special Police Commando Brigade; and SSGT Daniel A. Briggs (http://www.homeofheroes.com/valor/02_wot/dsc_briggs.html).

Gypsy
02-20-2007, 16:57
Thank you for your service, SSG Timothy Nein.