It was 15 minutes from the first gunshot to the arrival of air support.
In that time, as enemy machine gun fire sprayed bullets from 50 meters away, Air Force Technical Sgt. Michael Perolio tended to three wounded soldiers, found a route to safety and called in air and ground support.
“He got me out of quite possibly the worst situation I’ve been in in my entire life,” said Army Capt. William Clark, who was wounded in the ambush.
Perolio’s actions on Jan. 11, 2018, in eastern Afghanistan saved the lives of his comrades and showcased “a devotion to duty” that earned him a Silver Star, which he is scheduled to receive Thursday in a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.