10 May. 2008

PR# 2008-185

Wounded ISAF soldier earns Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge

Major General Jeffrey J. Schloesser, CJTF-101 commanding general, presents the Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge to Specialist Michael C. Trowbridge, Sharana Provincal Reconstruction Team security forces member, Paktika province, Apr 21 at Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Air Field. He received the awards for wounds suffered when his convoy was attacked by insurgents Apr. 20.

KABUL, Afghanistan – An ISAF soldier from the Sharana Provincal Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Paktika province was presented the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge Apr. 21 at Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Air Field.

Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-101, presented Specialist Michael C. Trowbridge the awards for wounds suffered during an enemy ambush Apr. 20.

Specialist Michael C. Trowbridge, a Sharana PRT member, recovers from shrapnel and burn wounds at Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram Air Field.

Spc. Trowbridge, a security forces member for the Sharana PRT, was travelling back to Forward Operating Base Sharana when insurgents ambushed his convoy.

The vehicle ahead struck an improvised explosive device and the convoy began taking small-arms fire. Spc. Trowbridge suffered minor burns and shrapnel wounds when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle near the gunner’s turret.

He was airlifted to the hospital at Bagram Air Field, where he was evaluated, treated and released back to duty after a few days.

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