3 May 2007

PR# 2007-352

Dutch troops receive American honors

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment showed appreciation for their Dutch counterparts April 30 by awarding them Combat Infantry Badges, Combat Action Badges and Army Commendation medals. 

The multi-national troops were attached to the 82nd Airborne Division unit during Operation Silver in Sangin Valley in support of Operation Achilles.  Dutch 1st Lt. Paul Peeters, with Charlie Tiger Company of the 11th Infantry Battalion, spent three weeks with the American soldiers.

“I was part of the initial air assault into south Sangin,” Lieutenant Peeters said.  “Mine was the company responsible for securing key bridges on the canal, and that allowed the rest of the battalion to move through to their objectives.  After that we helped with patrols and with establishing local relations.”

An estimated 80 combat infantry badges, 80 Army Commendation medals, six Combat Medic badges and 19 Combat Action badges were awarded.

“Being awarded these medals was a nice surprise,” Lieutenant Peeters said.  “I am honored, truly, just to have received recognition from the Americans.  I really have the feeling that they appreciate what we did for them.  Most of these types of missions just end with a handshake and a wave goodbye.  Now we have a sort of token of appreciation; that’s a really great feeling.”

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