Fourteen U.S. Army Europe aviators to receive Bundeswehr medal for valor

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
April 22, 2010

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, salutes while observing a moment of silence with Dr. Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany, during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bundeswehr memorial in Berlin, April 21. During McChrystal's visit to the German capital, zu Guttenberg presented the general with 14 gold Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr medals that will be presented to Soldiers of U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade after McChrystal returns to Afghanistan. (Bundeswehr photo by Sebastian Wilke)
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, salutes while observing a moment of silence with Dr. Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany, during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bundeswehr memorial in Berlin, April 21. During McChrystal's visit to the German capital, zu Guttenberg presented the general with 14 gold Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr medals that will be presented to Soldiers of U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade after McChrystal returns to Afghanistan. (Bundeswehr photo by Sebastian Wilke)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Fourteen Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade are to be awarded the German Bundeswehr's highest award for a single act of valor, for their support of Bundeswehr units during a battle in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, April 2.

During an April 21 visit in Berlin with Dr. Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg, Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, was given the Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold medals to take back to Afghanistan for presentation to the 14 aviators.

The Soldiers are assigned to Companies A and C, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation, based in Katterbach, Germany. They are:

Capt. Robert McDonough
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steven Husted
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason LaCrosse
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Nelson Visaya
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Brown
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sean Johnson
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Eric Wells
Staff Sgt. Travis Brown
Sgt. William Ebel
Sgt. Antonio Gattis
Sgt. Steven Schumaker
Spc. Matthew Baker
Spc. Todd Marchese
Spc. Gregory Martinez

About us: The U.S. Army in Europe, with NATO and other coalition partners from throughout its 51-country area of responsibility, trains for, conducts, and supports contingency operations. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, USAREUR has forces throughout Germany as well as in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Romania, and in Afghanistan and Iraq.