The 6th Annual Armed Services YMCA’s Angels of the Battlefield
The Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, our guest speaker LtGen Mills, USMC, the Sergeant Major of the Army, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard were on hand to congratulate the award recipients at the sixth Armed Services YMCA Annual Angels of the Battlefield Gala on March 14th, 2012. The Annual event highlights the individual men and women on the frontlines who are saving lives and demonstrated extraordinary courage.The Armed Services YMCA works with the military services to select Corpsmen, Medics and Pararescuemen from the Army, Army Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Army Guard, who accepted the awards on behalf of their fellow corpsmen and medics for their dedication and commitment to service.
The Armed Services YMCA would like to honor the following nine recipients.
- Sergeant Terry Derr is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of Army Medics around the world. Derr has served a total of twenty years, with a total of seven deployments. Derr was awarded the Air Service Medal for flying into dangerous a sand storm to save the lives of two soldiers injured by an IED, while serving as a flight medic in Salerno, Afghanistan. Derr, originally from Watson, Pennsylvania, is currently stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Derr has been married to his wife Rebecca for 15 years, and they have two children; Jordan, age 12, and Nathan, age 7.
- Chief Petty Officer Amilcar Rodriguez is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of the Navy Corpsmen supporting the United States Marine Corps around the world. Rodriguez has served thirteen years, with a total of five deployments. Rodriguez was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Silver Star for combat operations in Afghanistan. While under attack, Rodriquez gained fire superiority and helped his teammate. He also moved and assisted other casualties while wounded. Rodriguez, originally from Caguas, Puerto Rico, is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Rodriguez continues a strong family tradition; his grandfather, father and brother have all served in the United States Army.
- Petty Officer Second Class Owen Pitrone is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of Navy Corpsmen around the world. Pitrone has served seven years, with a total four deployments. Pitrone has been awarded a Joint Service Medal for his time in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for exceptional service while at Bethesda and Bastion Role 3 UK Hospital in Afghanistan. Pitrone, originally from Chardon, Ohio, is currently stationed at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Pitrone has two brothers, who also serve in the United States Marine Corps.
- Staff Sergeant Jack Williams is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of Air Force medics around the world. Williams has served a total of six years, with two deployments. Williams has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Afghanistan, as well as the Air Force Combat Action Badge, the Army Combat Medical Badge, the Army Order of the Gold Spur, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and as a CSAF Portraits in Courage Honoree. Williams is originally from Milton, Pennsylvania, and is currently stationed at Wright Patterson Air force base in Dayton, Ohio. Williams continues his family legacy, in which almost every member of his family is involved with some aspect of healthcare or public service.
- Staff Sergeant Gino Kahaunaele is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of Air Force Pararescuemen around the world. While acting as the primary rescue specialist for a joint task force unit in theater, Staff Sergeant Kahaunaele was shot in the shoulder at close range with an AK-47, during a direct firefight against an enemy of the United States. Staff Sergeant Kahaunaele continued to aid and triage the wounded while wounded himself. After an insurgent threw a grenade, wounding additional women, children, and team members, Staff Sergeant Kahaunaele was hit by fragments severing several major arteries. He took immediate, inventive action to stop the bleeding and save his own life. He continues rehabilitation with the support of his grateful unit and family.
- Petty Officer First Class Brian Richardson is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of the United States Coast Guard Corpsmen around the world. Richardson has served a total of fourteen years, with five deployments. Richardson has been awarded the United States Coast Guard Commendation Medal, four United States Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and has been selected as the Enlisted Person of the Year twice; by Sector Delaware Bay, and the CGC Harriet Lane, respectively. Richardson is originally from Oakwood Village, Ohio, and is currently stationed in Mobile, Alabama. Richardson has enjoyed the challenge of overcoming language and cultural barriers to serve migrants trying to enter the United States, and to ensure their safe return to their home country.
- Staff Sergeant Nicolas Crouse is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of the Air National Guard Medics around the world. Crouse has served a total of six years and has deployed to Afghanistan. Crouse has been awarded an Army Commendation for his time as primary medic for the First Joint Force, Multi-National Police Operational Mentor Liaison Team in Afghanistan, the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal of Distinction, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. Crouse is originally from Abottstown, Pennsylvania, and is currently stationed at the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Pennsylvania. Crouse has had a family member serve in every major US conflict since the Revolutionary War.
- Sergeant Major Pamela Duggan. Sergeant Major Pamela Duggan is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of the Army Reserve Medics around the world.
- Technical Sergeant Chante’ Richardson. Technical Sergeant Chante’ Richardson is accepting the Angels of the Battlefield Award on behalf of the Air Force Reserve Medics around the world. Richardson has served a total of eight years and has deployed to Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey. She has also been awarded two Achievement Medals. Richardson is originally from Oxon Hill, Maryland and is currently stationed at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. She is currently a PhD. Student in Molecular Medicine at the University of Virginia.