1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
News September 2010
PFC Adam Moreau receives the Purple Heart Medal
receives Purple Heart from U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
By: Spc. Breanne Pye
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (September 3) U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, presented a wounded Task Force Regular Soldier
the Purple Heart Friday during a ceremony held at Kandahar Air Base.
Pfc. Adam Moreau, assigned to Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained when his convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device Aug. 30
while conducting a combat logistics patrol near the Arghandab river valley outside Kandahar City.
I feel honored that the Secretary of Defense would take time out of his busy schedule to present me this award, said Moreau.
It feels good to know that he cares about all of us Soldiers and that he recognizes and supports all the hard work we are doing on the ground here.
Though the 24-year-old native of Augusta, Maine is currently recuperating from his wounds on Kandahar Air Field, Moreau has chosen
to return to his unit and continue his mission in the Arghandab river valley once his wounds have healed.
I think it says a lot, that he is anxious to return to his unit and get back to his job, said Sgt. Alex Faiivae, Team Leader for Delta Company, 1-22 IN.
He was given a choice. Go home and support the unit from the rear, or heal up and come back to work.
Adam is an outstanding Soldier, said Faiivae. He knows his job very well and has always made a point of looking after his fellow Soldiers.
His courage, selfless service and sense of duty truly exemplify the Armys core values.
Though he said he has had plenty of support on KAF, Moreau is eager to get back to his Regular brothers.
I appreciate all the support Im getting here, said Moreau. But Im really looking forward to getting back to my platoon
and being around the guys that know me best.
If theres one thing people can take away from his experiences, Moreau said he hopes they will remember that he got a Purple Heart
because of something that happened to his team, not something that happened to him.
Im just a regular Soldier, Moreau said. I wake up, go to work, and do my job. When I look at this award, it will remind me of my team,
and all we have been through, not me, and all I have been through.
Secretary Gates pins the Purple Heart on PFC Moreau
Secretary Gates and PFC
PFC Moreau was wounded in the
PVT Austin J. Barrow
Photo from Crestview News Bulletin
Locals graduate from military
September 05, 2010 4:20 AM
Barrow completes training
Army Pvt. Austin J. Barrow has completed nine weeks of basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga.
He also attended Airborne School, earned his wings and is qualified as an Army infantry paratrooper.
Pvt. Barrow is following a long family history of Army Soldiers. He is the son of Kathy Barrow and Troy Barrow and the grandson
of Tomas and Dorothy Seagle, Walter and Joyce Barrow and June Barrow. He is a 2008 graduate of Crestview Senior High School
and a Big Red Machine drum line alumni.
Barrow is currently serving with the 1st Battalion of the 22nd Infantry, part of the 4th Infantry division at Fort Carson, Colo.
From Crestview News Bulletin
Raider Brigade building rapport in suburb villages of Kandahar
By:1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office
4th Infantry Division
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan As the Soldiers
approached the village, a child stepped out from behind a wall
and reached up to point to a pen
poking out of the nearest Soldiers pocket. The Soldier pulled the pen out and offered it to the young boy, who snatched it up and immediately ran away.
Seconds later, the Soldiers of 1st
Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat
Team, 4th Infantry Division,
who had been conducting a joint combat patrol through the the outskirts of Kandahar 20-24 Sep., were surrounded
by dozens of eager children, all hoping for prizes of their own.
Soldiers of Task Force
Regular were patrolling the area as part of
a campaign to build rapport with local villagers
and provide security and stability to the local population, said Cpt. Bradley Rudy, commander, Bravo Company, 1-22IN, 1BCT, 4th Inf. Div.
A big part of our job is to listen to the
residents concerns and suggestions so we can help them out
with the little things, said Rudy.
Were here to show them we care about their welfare and want to secure a better future for them.
Its the little things we can do that let
the people know we can be trusted and are here to help, said Spc.
medic assigned to 3rd platoon, B Company, 1-22IN, 1BCT, 4th Inf Div.
Hoggard knows a thing or two about making a
difference with the little things. During the patrol, he was
approached by a young girl
who was carrying her baby sister on her back. The little girl couldnt walk because she had a cut on the bottom of her foot.
She didnt want candy or pens, like
the other children, said Hoggard. She simply wanted a
and some medicine to put on her sisters injured foot.
A lot of the time when we are on patrols
like this, we find children with cuts on their arms and
feet, he said.
It doesnt take much to clean their wounds and bandage them up, and a little compassion goes a long ways.
We are already seeing a difference in the
way we are received in these villages, said Rudy. A
few months ago,
we would only see a child or two as we patrol through the streets; but now, village elders and children alike come out to greet us.
This is about building a better
connection with the people, said Rudy. Whether
were providing them medical treatment
or passing out school supplies to their youth; we are building a powerful and lasting relationship that the Afghan people know they can trust.
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