trucking soldiers with the Military Traffic Management Command have
been recognized for heroism after providing lifesaving measures
for three Marines injured in a traffic accident.
Army Commendation Medal has been awarded to Sgt. Maj. Sara Jennings,
Sgt. 1st Class Darrel Kessinger, Sgt.1st Class
Robert Perkins and Sgt. Robert Swanson. The four soldiers were in
Kuwait as part of MTMC support to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
were recognized for their actions on the evening of Jan. 27 in Kuwait,
when they encountered a vehicle accident and three injured Marines.
four non-commissioned officers provided immediate first aid to the
injured Marines and summoned emergency first-aid assistance. The
accident immediately attracted a large crowd of locals. The MTMC
soldiers formed a protective ring at the accident site and secured
the weapons the Marines were carrying.
Kessinger and Perkins, assigned to the 598th Transportation
Group, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, were awarded their medals Oct.
1 by Lt. Col. David Pemberton, deputy group commander.
received his award in a similar ceremony Sept. 26 officiated by
Maj. Jacqueline Lett, at his assigned unit, the 836th Transportation Battalion, Yokohama, Japan.
award participants said their actions were a natural reflex.
was the only way to react, and I am sure that anyone else would
have done the same,” Jennings said.
had similar comments.
us, it seemed nothing special,” Perkins said. “You drive down the
road, see a military vehicle wrecked and then it’s just natural
that you stop and help your fellow countrymen.”
is the group’s sergeant major. Kessinger serves as an operations
NCO, and Perkins serves as a senior human resources manager.
a cargo NCO, said he followed training and instinct.
me, it was like a scene from a movie, only no one yells, ‘Action!’
or ‘Cut!’,” Swanson said. “We came across fellow Americans and troops
in need of help, and we reacted. If I had to do it all over again,
I wouldn’t hesitate for one second.”