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Ceremony to honor soldiers

By The Mercury

Staff reports

FORT RILEY — The 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, will host a ceremony to honor soldiers for valor during the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan at 10 a.m. Monday at building 727 on Fort Riley’s Marshall Army Airfield.

A soldier, who rescued his close friend from hostile fire, will receive a Bronze Star for Valor. The soldier was wounded in the process and killed several Taliban fighters in the exchange.

Other awards scheduled to be presented are Purple Hearts and Army Commendation Medals for Valor.

The “Dreadnaughts” supported Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Combined Task Force Strike and Combined Task Force Spartan while partnered with the 2nd Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205th Corps from the Afghan National Army.

Throughout their yearlong deployment, the “Dreadnaughts” conducted numerous air assault operations into an area heavily defended by the Taliban, resulting in many engagements and awards for valor.

This award ceremony is open to all friends, family members and community leaders as a chance to recognize the achievements of 2-34 AR in Afghanistan.

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