News: 2nd MAW Marine awarded for heroism in Afghanistan
Story by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - 1st Sgt. Reginald Daniels received the Bronze Star Dec. 14, during a special ceremony at Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 headquarters.
The squadron commanding officer, Lt. Col. Matthew E. Limbert, presented the award. Daniels is the company first sergeant for Company A, MWCS-28.
From July through December 2011, Daniels was deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, as the company gunnery sergeant for 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.
Following a “catastrophic improvised explosive device attack” on Aug. 5, 2011, that severely wounded his company commander, a Navy corpsman and two Marines, Daniels freed two service members trapped in the vehicle through the turret, secured the site, and ensured the wounded were safely evacuated, all the while ensuring accountability of all serialized gear.
Throughout his tour in Afghanistan, Daniels “was a driving force behind company combat operations ensuring security in a highly unstable and kinetic battle space. He personally participated in over 200 mounted patrols, logging over 3,500 miles and 675 hours of tactical movements in order to resupply 15 fixed positions and 420 personnel dispersed across a violent 48 square kilometer area,” according to the award citation.