Local and national leaders will honor Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Feb. 10, with valor awards they earned while deployed last year in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
The unit returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in October 2017.
The awards approved include seven Purple Heart Medals, 10 Bronze Star Medals with Valor, and eight Army Commendation Medals with Valor. One Silver Star Medal has also been approved, but the member is currently deployed in support of the warfight.
Many of the 59 valor awards submitted are still pending.
“We’re grateful for these brave hometown heroes,” the Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mike Loh said. “I also want to thank their families, employers and neighbors who stood by them so that they could serve our nation.”
“All of the Soldiers acted gallantly, admirably representing Colorado, the Colorado Army National Guard, and the 19th Special Forces Group,” Battalion Commander U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph Bauldry said.