Over the course of several grueling days in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, Airman 1st Class Benjamin Hutchins fought through hell, first to try to rescue his fellow service members, and then to take out the enemy that attacked them.

On Nov. 4, 2009, Hutchins, a tactical air control party airman attached to the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, was attached to a team of soldiers on the west bank of the Bala Murghab River looking for a supply drop, according to Military.com.