Dempsey presents Bronze Star to Czech soldier in Afghanistan

Feb. 10, 2012

By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service

Keeping heroes active
Army Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, left, the commander of Afghanistan Regional Command East, briefs Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before exiting a C-130 and touring Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2012. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen   

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT -- At a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff dropped by Feb. 10 to meet with the leadership of Task Force Bulldog, have lunch with the troops, and present awards to eight soldiers, including a Bronze Star Medal to a soldier from the Czech Republic.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey began the second day of his latest trip to the region with the leadership of NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, the organization that generates and sustains the growing Afghan national security forces.

Before having lunch with a few dozen troops, Dempsey presented awards, pinning a Bronze Star on Staff Sgt. Michal Novotny of the Czech Republic’s army.

Novotny, a reconnaissance squad leader and combat medic, rescued an American soldier who was gravely wounded Nov. 19, public affairs officer Terry Kelley said.

On a route clearance patrol, Kelley added, some roadside bombs went off and one wounded a soldier who was on foot. The soldier lost both legs and a hand, Kelley said, and Novotny rushed in without security and applied tourniquets, despite the possibility that more bombs could detonate, saving the soldier’s life. The soldier is now receiving treatment in the United States.

Seven other awards included four Army Commendation Medals with “V” device for valorous acts, an Army Commendation Medal for a National Guard soldier from Georgia who was part of an agribusiness development team, and two Combat Action Badges.

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