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Medics are awarded the esteemed (Combat Medic Badge)

Medics of Task Force 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment are awarded the esteemed (Combat Medic Badge) during a ceremony on Forward Operating Base Independence in Baghdad Jan. 17. Twenty of the task forces medics received the badge, which can only be earned by a medic engaged in ground combat operations as a medical specialist, generally with an infantry unit. (Having a good medic out there gives you confidence, knowing that you?re going to be taken care of by someone you can trust when you put yourself in between that shrapnel and everybody else,) said Lt. Col. Thomas MacDonald, commander, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div. (Today we honoring them by presenting them this badge, which was designed to be worn by medics alongside infantrymen wearing the [Combat Infantryman?s Badge].) Additionally, 12 Purple Heart Medals were given out to Soldiers in 1-9 Cav. who had been recently wounded in action. More than 150 Purple Heart Medals have been presented to 1-9 Cavalry troops over the past year. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Erik LeDrew, 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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