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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2005) - P.O. Joshua G. Chambers received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal in a ceremony here, Nov 10. Ten Marines with the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion received Purple Heart medals, and 10 Marines along with Chambers received Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals.

Photo by Pfc. Terrell A. Turner

Trackers receive awards

21 Nov 2005 | Pfc. Terrell A. Turner

Every Marine and sailor takes pride in knowing they impact the lives of Americans, whether its fighting for freedom or just providing a presence of reassurance and safety in our country.

Ten Marines with the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion received Purple Heart medals, and 10 Marines and one sailor received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals during a ceremony here, Nov 10. 

Through various acts of bravery and self-sacrifice these trackers risked their lives to defend the country. There’s inherent patriotism in the manner in which they live their lives, and for servicemen, it’s an honor to fight for our friends, family and country.

They’ve been involved in everything while transporting Marines such as firefights, ambushes and Improvised Explosive Device attacks while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“This battalion was prepared for anything insurgents threw our way,” said Lt. Col. Michael L. Kuhn, the commanding officer, AAB.

These trackers credit their success to the battalion’s training and the family atmosphere of the battalion.

“This battalion is a close-knit community,” Kuhn said.  “We’re a family and we take care of each other.”

Assault Amphibian Battalion is currently training to remain alert and ready for their next assignment.

The Marines that received the Purple Heart medals are:

Staff Sgt. Richard H. Schmitt Jr.

Staff Sgt. Brian L. Sears

Sgt. Steven D. Phillips

Cpl. Richard W. Stevens Jr.

Cpl. Dean R. Begaye

Cpl. Edwin W. Cadena

Cpl. Joseph A. Burnette

Lance Cpl. Joseph P. Bednarik

Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Grubbs

Lance Cpl. Dominic L. Blakely

The Marines and sailors that received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals are:

Gunnery Sgt. Donald P. Vick II

Staff Sgt. Richard H. Schmitt Jr.

Staff Sgt. Brian S. Rokicki

Staff Sgt. John W. Lefebvre

Sgt. Jason A. Triola

Sgt. Jason T. Shira

Sgt. Michael P. Moynagh Jr.

Cpl. Mitchell C. Beeler

Cpl. Daniel J. Brauner

Lance Cpl. Travis L. Crow

P.O. Joshua G. Chambers