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Marine infantry squad leader earns Silver Star: Sergeant led Marines in 12-hour combat mission in Afg... #marines

Marine infantry squad leader earns Silver Star: Sergeant led Marines in 12-hour combat mission in Afg... #marines

A rifleman from Camp Lejeune received the Silver Star on Aug. 28 for leading a successful night mission in 2012 that cleared more than 50 enemy compounds near an Afghan village without causing a single civilian casualty. Sgt. Ryan Steinkamp, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, was pinned with the military’s third-highest valor award for his decisive battlefield leadership during a lengthy and grueling combat engagement while attached to Regimental Team Combat 6 in Afghanistan. On April 17, 2012, Steinkamp and his squad were inserted by helicopter near the village of Payawak in Afghanistan's Helmand province, close to Forward Operating Base Delaram for a night mission that would become a test of combat skills and endurance. Steinkamp led the squad across 800 meters of terrain laced with mines en route to clear Payawak of insurgents, according to his award citati...

Full article: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20130829/NEWS/308...

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