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You know, there are plenty of "safe" careers in the Army, ones where you don't get shot at all the time. Like being a cook, for instance:
Chief Warrant Officer 3 David J. Longstaff, manager of the U.S. Army culinary team, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for rescuing five Soldiers pinned down in an ambush.
Longstaff was serving as Division Support Command food service technician for the 1st Armored Division, when he went on a procurement mission in the Al Rasheed district of Baghdad on Aug. 7, 2003.
It was early afternoon with temperatures reaching 113 degrees fahrenheit. During his first five months in Iraq, Longstaff had participated in more than 150 convoys into Baghdad. This particular mission had proceeded as normal, but while driving through a shopping district along the route back to camp, he spotted a burning Humvee in the center medium.
“The Humvee was hit by an RPG and an ambush was in progress,” said Longstaff. “We just happened to be coming down the road, so we got in there and supported them.”
Longstaff’s convoy included two Humvees and a 5-ton truck. Longstaff ordered two vehicles to secure the rear as the other vehicle, driven by Sgt. 1st Class Richard Bryant, 1st Armored Division, proceeded to assist the five ambushed Soldiers trapped behind a civilian vehicle.
Longstaff provided covering fire toward a building where most of the incoming rounds were shot from. With hostile fire coming from buildings on the north and south sides of the street, he continued engaging the enemy with suppressive fire for 10 minutes, and helped evacuate the casualties away from the area.
“I stayed behind our Humvee, walking as we maneuvered across the street,” said Longstaff. “Once we laid down suppressive fire, they were able to run across the two sections of the street and get back into their area.”
Longstaff also engaged enemy fire from the rear flank with 2nd Lt. Juan Florez, assistant DISCOM S-4..
Longstaff’s quick reaction to the situation allowed the ambushed Soldiers to move out of the kill zone without further injury, according to Bryant. Longstaff volunteered as rear security on the convoy out of the area and the injured Soldiers were evacuated for medical treatment. Longstaff’s team had no injuries.
“His actions are nothing short of heroic and are a true testament of his technical and tactical expertise,” said Bryant.
“I was intrigued that as a cook, I found myself in the middle of Baghdad taking fire,” said Longstaff. “It just goes to show what you can do when put into any situation. So you should just be prepared.”
“Regardless of where you compete in the world of chefs,” Longstaff said, “we are warriors first, and that’s important.”
And now I present to you .... Iron Chef Army ! ! !Posted by SSG_K at December 22, 2005 02:13 AM
What do you bet there are at least five guys in Sam's Army who won't be bitching about the chow anytime soon.Posted by pauldanish at December 22, 2005 04:03 AM
Check out the Medal of Honor website. http://www.army.mil/cmh/Moh1.htm
I recall reading one report (WWII - Europe) about Frank Burke, 1st Lt. US Army, MOH, "As battalion transportation officer he had gone forward to select a motor-pool site, when, in a desire to perform more than his assigned duties and participate in the fight, he advanced beyond the lines of the forward riflemen." See : http://www.army.mil/cmh/mohiia1.htm
I think Americans in general are some of the nicest people around, until we are threatened, then we get focused - and that can be a terrible thing to be on the wrong side of.Posted by Californio at December 22, 2005 09:21 PM
Our cooks are better fighters than they have, and the food tastes better, too!Posted by Lloyd at December 24, 2005 04:22 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(4) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)