Hollidaysburg native is awarded the Air Medal with Valor [Image 3 of 3]
FORT HOOD, TX, UNITED STATES
Lt. Col. Henry Perry (second from right), commander of the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, puts the Air Medal with Valor Device on the chest of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Leipold (right), a native of Hollidaysburg, Pa., and an AH-64D Apache helicopter maintenance test pilot for B Company, 4-227th ARB, 1st ACB, at Hood Army Air Field Oct. 4. Leipold was awarded the Air Medal with V device for valor for his actions during a battle he was in last July in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. As the Air Mission Commander and Pilot-in-Command, Leipold and his team successfully engaged and destroyed more than twenty enemy fighting positions, all while taking extreme amounts of enemy fire, in order to ensure that U.S. and British Special Operations Forces could safely and successfully infiltrate and occupy the area the next day.
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