Airmen Earns A Bronze Star For Valor
September 28, 2007
In Ebrahimkhel, Afghanistan on August 8th, 2006 Senior Airmen Philip King encountered an insurgent attack on his convoy while serving with the Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team. King was driving a security forces humvee when his convoy was attacked with a rocket propelled grenade which landed abou five meters from the humvee that he was in. This RPG was just the opening salvo, what was to come would be a harsher test. After the RPG attack,Â gunfire from at least five machine guns hailed at the convoy from a house about three hundred meters away from the convoy’s present six.
From here, Airmen King’s training came into play. To cover his team from enemy fire, he drove the armored vehicle to cover. He then used his M4 Carbine Rifle, and his M203 40 millimeter grenade launcher to help lay down suppressing fire on the enemy’s position. Then another RPG attack came landing closer to him than the first. Since he was out of his armored vehicle, this attack left him with a concussion. This didn’t stop Airmen King from getting back into the fight. He then exposed himself to enemy fire to distract the insurgents so that his team can get to a superior firing position. The hostiles were taken out with a hand grenade thrown by an Afghan Soldier. He then went back to his vehicle to drive his team out of the danger zone. On the drive to get the hell outta dodge, his vehicle was being sniped at from rooftops.
Looking down the road he saw another ambush that was being set. The insurgents had repositioned to continue firing at the convoy. At the same time, to add to the pressure, five Afghan troops were pinned down by enemy fire. He then went to protect them and opened a hole for escape. On that day, King saved the lives of his men and Afghan soldiers without a single casualty while taking a heavy expense at himself risking his life by exposing himself to multiple shots. It is his selflessness and bravery that have earned him one of America’s highest honors, and that is the Bronze Star with a “V” device for Valor.
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