Images: Silver Star recipient [Image 4 of 6]
Photo by Cpl. Orrin Farmer
The I Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan speaks to Marines and media during the ceremony honoring Maj. Robb McDonald and his actions at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. McDonald received the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest combat valor award, for his role in repelling an enemy attack inside Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. McDonald was serving as the executive officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211, III Marine Aircraft Wing. The ceremony took place at the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion command building at Camp Pendleton Dec. 9. According to the award citation on Sept. 14, 2012 15 insurgents infiltrated Camp Bastion and attacked the coalition forces stationed there. McDonald took charge after the commanding officer, Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, was mortally wounded. He risked his life to lead Marines away from a building that could have become a death trap had the troops remained there. He later shot and killed one attacker and directed two helicopter attacks that killed several other insurgents.