VALOR. Overcoming significant injuries from both grenade shrapnel and gunfire to save the lives of teammates. On April 29th, 2018, Metzger was assigned to a helicopter assault aimed at a Taliban weapons facility. During a patrol before the attack on the terrorist group, members of the Taliban opened fire within a five meter radius. Metzger returned fire and rushed to the aid of two of his own members amidst the constant machine gun firing. Despite being injured by a grenade, Metzger carried them away from enemy fire. He then refused to be carried to the medical evacuation helicopter so personnel could focus on security after he was wounded again.
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