2nd BCT honors ‘Ironhorse Strong’ Soldiers’ contributions

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Edmund Adjei, combat medic, Troop A, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, teaches Iraqi soldiers how to bandage a head wound at a security checkpoint in northern Iraq, recently. (Spc. Andrew Ingram | 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Spc. Edmund Adjei, combat medic, Troop A, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, teaches Iraqi soldiers how to bandage a head wound at a security checkpoint in northern Iraq, recently. (Spc. Andrew Ingram | 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
News Release

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — Spc. Edmund Adjei, a combat medic assigned to Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, earned “Ironhorse Strong Soldier of the Week” for his decisive medical evaluation and treatment of wounded Iranian tourists following an attack near a joint checkpoint in northern Iraq, recently.

Sgt. Michael Narbon, Battery A, 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt., 2nd BCT, was also named an Ironhorse Strong Soldier of the Week, recently, for operating as a crime scene investigator during the sensitive site exploitation of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, outside his training as a cannon crew member.

Adjei quickly assessed and triaged the injured civilians, determining three of the tourists would not make it to the hospital without immediate medical treatment. The combat medic applied tourniquets and field bandages to injured civilians, ensuring the wounded were stabilized before they were transported to the nearest hospital for further treatment.

“We are all proud of Adjei,” said Sgt. 1st Class Santiago Larriva, platoon sergeant, Troop A, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT. “His work ethic is unreal; he is the hardest working medic I’ve encountered in 14 years in the Army.”

Adjei provides medical care for members of his platoon, and first aid training for Iraqi Security Forces operating at combined security checkpoints in northern Iraq.

“He went out of his way to treat those patients,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Hill, combat medic, Troop A, 2nd Sqdn., 14th Cav. Regt., 2nd BCT. “He is skilled enough and proficient enough to save lives, and that is what he did.”

Adjei’s dedication to training and genuine care for people resulted in decisive action and saving the lives of three people.

Narbon proved himself as a critical asset with his skills learned during battlefield forensics and sensitive-site exploitation training when he meticulously and effectively collected and cataloged evidence, explained 1st Lt. Adam Thompson, platoon leader, Battery A, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT.

After a U.S. explosive ordnance disposal team cleared the site, Narbon thoroughly combed the vehicle for exploitable evidence, recovering ammonium nitrate aluminum powder mixed with ball bearings, several feet of detonation cord, two cell phones and electrical tape. His collection allowed the Combined Explosive Exploitation cell to potentially link extremists to the vehicle through biometric evidence.

Narbon stands out amongst his peers as one of the best young leaders assigned to Battery A, said Thompson.

Narbon places the training, welfare and education of his Soldiers as one of his top priorities, according to Pfc. Brandon Killian, cannon crew member, Battery A, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regt., 2nd BCT.

“He is never too busy to help you out if you need it, and he makes sure we have a good balance between work and fun,” he explained.

Narbon’s actions resulted in the collection of vital intelligence and the potential for prevention of future IED attacks.

Ironhorse Strong Soldier of the Week 

  • Spc. Edmund Adjei
  • Sgt. Michael Narbon

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