Guard unit receives award for extraordinary service
Charlie Company, 3-172nd Mountain Infantry Regiment receive the Valorous Unit Award on Saturday for extraordinary actions while on combat missions in Afghanistan during deployment in 2010-11. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Despite the impending snowstorm, more than 100 friends, family members and officials - including Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster - were on hand as members of Charlie Company, 3-172nd Mountain Infantry Regiment, received the award for their actions while on combat missions in Afghanistan.
Under the leadership of Capt. Daniel Newman and 1st Sgt. Glen Drewniak, Charlie Company participated in the first air assault mission launched by the 3rd Battalion and the New Hampshire National Guard and according to Ayotte participated in four more air assaults during their deployment.
Through their bravery, Charlie Company helped make sure that Afghanistan can't become "a launching pad again for terrorists" like those who perpetrated the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
Reddell spoke of the night in 2010 when more than 1,000 people gathered in the Milford Middle School to say so long to Charlie Company as members prepared to leave for Afghanistan. That night, Reddel said, Newman told his warriors that he wouldn't ask them to do anything he wouldn't do and explained that the members of Charlie Company represented a true cross-section of people in New Hampshire.
During the deployment, members of Charlie Company earned 14 Bronze Stars, five Purple Hearts, five Commendation medals with Combat Distinguishing Valor Devices, 92 Combat Infantryman badges, 40 Combat Action badges and four Combat Medical badges.
"This is what true heroism looks like. It keeps us safe and free," said Kuster. "I hope none of us ever takes that for granted."
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Charles Krauthammer: Lower corporate tax rates or lose more firms - 0
- Roger Simon: If Hillary represents an Obama third term, she is doomed - 0
- Gail Fisher's Dog Tracks: Parvo scare could be detrimental to puppy training, despite slim risk - 0
- Another View -- Dan McGuire: We Free Staters are not some threat to be feared - 28
- John Stossel: The other green monster - 1
- Another View - Charles Lane: Obama's wedge issue is the seductive lure of golf - 3
- Jonah Goldberg: If the Islamic State is not evil, then what is? - 4
- George Will: Will we build the Navy we need? - 2
- Betsy McCaughey: Congress should take the lead on Iraq - 2
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Laconia accident results in minor injuries for motorcyclist - 0
- Christopher Thompson's Closing the Deal: Time for Market Basket to get back to business - 0
- Playing for a purpose Field Hockey Jamboree at Manchester Memorial - 0
- Franklin Pierce's Kirsh to retire as AD - 0
- UNH Wildcat gridders can't stop Toledo, 54-20 - 0
- UNH Wildcats volleyball looking forward to good season - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Pats' cuts hold few surprises - 0
- New-look Boston Red Sox taking test run - 0
- NH Fisher Cats bats silenced in Conn., in 3-1 loss - 0
Mount Washington Auto Road to host largest gathering of alternative-energy based vehicles in North America
Amnesty? Garcia is against it
NH's teen pregnancy still lowest nationwide
George Will: Paul Ryan's way forward