28 Apr '14, 6pm

Gunnery sergeant receives Navy Cross for actions in Afghanistan

Gunnery sergeant receives Navy Cross for actions in Afghanistan

For repeatedly using his own body to shield other Marines from enemy fire, for dashing across fire-swept ground to recover a Marine shot in the face by an enemy sniper, and for orchestrating a five-hour firefight by coordinating multiple U.S., Afghan and Georgian units across three languages, Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson became the most recent Marine to earn the Navy Cross. On May 28, 2012, Jibson, a newly embedded infantry adviser with the 23rd Georgian Battalion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, was conducting a joint Afghan-led patrol though Mazr Abad Janubi when his unit came under heavy, accurate enemy fire. His allied contingent included 16 Georgians, 26 Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan police, 11 Marines and sailors from an air naval gunfire liaison team, an explosive ordnance disposal team, an Afghan National Army embedded training team and his Georgian liai...

Full article: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140427/NEWS/304...

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