NCNG Soldiers Awarded for Valor While Serving in Afghanistan


Two officers of the North Carolina National Guard Military Police were honored in a ceremony Dec. 7 for their valor while serving in Afghanistan.

Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Braxton and Army Sgt. Benjamin Bullard helped save the lives of three wounded NCNG soldiers when they came under attack by a suicide bomber Oct. 1. 2012.

Several soldiers of the 514th with Afghan Uniformed Police were on patrol that day, three were killed and three wounded.

Sgt. Benjamin Bullard

Bullard was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Braxton the Bronze Star, both with the "V" signifying that the medal was awarded for courage in battle.

"They are heroes in our midst," said Army Col. Eric Kohl, commander of the NCNG's 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

Sgt. Bullard said, “We lost very great soldiers, they should be remembered.”

Sgt. Andrew Braxton

The ceremony was held at the Capt. Christopher Cash Armed Forces Reserve Center. Since Sept. 11, 2001, two other N.C. Guardsmen have received valorous awards in support of the Global War on Terror; both Silver Stars.

More than 21,200 soldiers and airmen of the N.C. National Guard have mobilized and deployed overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.




Contact: Sgt. Fst. Class Robert Jordon
Phone: (919) 664-6242

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