Warrior 2,700 miles away takes action to save friend

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza (left), commander, 7th ID, presents Spc. Benjamin Rubino, 201st BSTB, 201st BSB, with a Bayonet Soldier of the Month plaque outside of the division headquarters, Aug. 2, for his actions June 29. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Lindsey Kibler, 7th Infantry Division)

Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza (left), commander, 7th ID, presents Spc. Benjamin Rubino, 201st BSTB, 201st BSB, with a Bayonet Soldier of the Month plaque outside of the division headquarters, Aug. 2, for his actions June 29. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Lindsey Kibler, 7th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Lindsey Kibler
7th Infantry Division Public Affairs

When Spc. Benjamin Rubino, 201st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, checked his phone, June 29, he never expected to see what appeared on the screen: His former squad leader, nearly 2,700 miles away at Schofield Barracks, holding a loaded gun to his head.

“I didn’t know if he was joking or if he was serious,” Rubino said, “but this wasn’t something to ignore.”

Acting quickly, not knowing what his former leader intended to do, the 24-year old Soldier alerted the 25th Infantry Division staff duty officer.

“Due to his immediate phone call, the field officer of the day was able to locate that Soldier within minutes. He was, then, rushed to Tripler Army Medical Center for immediate treatment and observation,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Delbert Byers, senior enlisted leader, 7th Infantry Division.

Rubino was recognized as the 7th ID Bayonet Soldier of the Month in a ceremony, Aug. 2. The date also happened to be his 24th birthday.

Rubino said he was doing his job as a Soldier and a friend.

“I didn’t do anything that I wouldn’t want someone to do for me, or any other Soldier, if that situation happened,” said Rubino. “I’m glad that people were able to get to him and help him.”

“In an organization, it’s not about the equipment. It’s not about the resources. It’s about the people,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, 7th ID. “I am proud to be standing in front of this formation to congratulate (Rubino) for saving a life.”

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