The Olympian reports that the Army awarded Silver Stars to Sergeant First Class Andrew Busic and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Colbert of the 1st Special Forces Group from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, for their actions on Forward Operating Base Ghazni back on August 28th when a massive attack struck the base with RPGs and suicide bombers. They stood in the breach until they could be reinforced.
Busic and two others jumped in a Toyota Tacoma pickup to join in the attack. They immediately took fire from two directions, and turned to follow Colbert in an all-terrain vehicle with two more operators toward the breach.
Busic’s team hit a “hail of gunfire.” The operators got out of the truck and into a shootout.
Colbert’s team encountered one group of insurgents and killed three. They turned a corner and found a group of six more.
One of his partners was shot in the leg and in the head, though a helmet stopped the bullet.
Colbert “instantly exposed himself into the direct line of fire to pull his fellow special operator behind cover, saving his life,” the Army’s narrative says. That’s when he was shot in the leg.
Busic’s team helped by placing the pickup between Colbert’s position and the enemy’s. Busic rushed the attackers to give cover to Colbert as he helped the wounded sailor.
More troops followed, and soldiers managed to secure the breach.
From the Army Times;
More than 20 troops stormed the area, including five Special Forces soldiers from 1st Group, Polish troops and Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, from the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Ollis, who died shielding a Polish officer from a suicide bomber during the assault, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. He was the sole American killed in the attack.
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