1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Silver Star Presentation to Company D Soldier
Texas Silver Star recipient, Staff Sgt. Jimmy Brown, a
tank commander with Company D,
1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, accepts applause
from the Regulars Battalion during a Christmas Formal at the Killeen Civic Conference Center Dec. 14, 2007.
The 1-22 Inf. Regt. command team, Lt. Col. Matthew Elledge, and acting battalion command sergeant major,
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Guden, presented the third highest award for valor to Brown for his actions
during Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07 while assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. David Hodge, 1st BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.)
Regulars Battalion recognizes valorous Soldier at annual Christmas Formal
Spc. David Hodge
1st BCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.
Texas A 4th Infantry Division Soldier received the third
highest award for valor in the U.S. Armed Forces,
Dec. 14, 2007, during a Christmas Formal held at the Killeen Civic Conference Center.
The command team of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team, Lt. Col. Matt Elledge,
and acting battalion command sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Timothy Guden, presented Staff Sgt. Jimmy Brown,
a tank commander assigned to Company D, Regulars of the 1-22 Inf. Regt.
knew of the situation that surrounded Browns nomination for
the Silver Star
so I was honored to be able to pin it on him, said Elledge, commander, 1-22 Inf. Regt.
Brown was awarded the medal for his actions with the 2nd
Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team,
deployed with the 4th Inf. Div. in 2006 during Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07.
Elledge served as the executive officer of the 2nd BCT, Warhorse
at the same time as Brown.
He heard of Browns reputation as a good noncommissioned officer and his actions during the Salem Street Battle
in the heart of a Mahdi Militia stronghold, for which Brown earned the Silver Star.
So we have some history together, said Elledge, who hails from Dexter, Mo. He is a tremendous NCO.
Elledge himself is also a recipient of the Silver Star for his actions as a second lieutenant during Operation Desert Storm.
Its really a great experience to award my first Silver Star and have one too, he said.
Brown, who hails from Waynesburgh, Pa., is also a member of the prestigious Audie Murphy Club.
October 2006, Browns entire tank platoon was ambushed by
anti-Iraqi Forces while conducting a combined forces operation
with the 2-8 Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT and the Iraqi Army.
Browns actions saved his comrades and equipment from being overrun by the enemy fighters.
To be able to recognize Staff Sgt. Brown for his valorous
actions, and do it on behalf of his old units command team
said Guden, command sergeant major, 1-22 Inf. Regt.
Brown is a young, bright, motivated leader with a wealth of combat experience, said Guden, who hails from Medford, Wis.
Guden stated that noncommissioned officers, such as Brown,
continue to bring their experience and expertise to the
teaching the Armys newest Soldiers how to fight in combat zones, such as Iraq.
Hes a proven combat veteran and can obviously execute under fire and that holds much value for this battalion, Elledge said.
Staff Sgt. Brown is married to Heather Brown of Pennsylvania and the couple has two children: Sara, age eight; Jimmy, age six.
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