Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Lepping, explosive ordnance disposal team leader, 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 30, from Louisville, Ky., stands at the position of attention after receiving a Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for actions while deployed in Afghanistan, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 18. Lepping, serving as the explosive ordnance assistant team leader with 1st EOD Co., 1st MLG (Forward), encountered a trip wire improvised explosive device. With complete disregard with his own safety, Lepping disarmed the device using hands-on procedures under the cover of darkness and without the aid of visible light.
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