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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Training pays off for Wisconsin Guard Soldier in Afghanistan

By Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra
10th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Spc. Chase E. Crull of Hollandale, Wis., a generator mechanic assigned to the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 1157th Transportation Company, was recognized as a hero in the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade for actions taken during a recent convoy escort mission support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 548th CSSB provides supplies to 1st Army Division and coalition partner units in the Regional Command East and Capital.

Crull was the lead vehicle driver when his MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. He sustained minor injuries but was more concerned about the well being of his fellow Soldiers. He comforted his crew, assisted the medic with other Soldiers and helped provide security.

"I was able to remember a lot of my training," Crull said. "Everybody acted accordingly."

The 1157th received mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss., and additional training in Afghanistan.

Crull vividly remembered the medic providing first aid with the assistance of some Soldiers, other Soldiers providing security and his lieutenant executing strong leadership. He assisted with security until the quick reaction force arrived, at which point he was ordered to seek medical attention. However, he did not want to leave and instead continued the mission, displaying his heroism.

"I wanted to be there to help anybody else," he said. "Never leave a fallen comrade."

Crull gained valuable experience from the incident but credits the military for providing the tools to succeed in a critical situation.

"Remember your training and trust your leadership," Crull said.

Staff Sgt. Dominic Renteria, a convoy commander assigned with the 1157th, described Crull as someone who goes above and beyond to ensure Soldiers are taken care of. He said Crull knows what needs to be done, takes his duty seriously, conducts proper preventive maintenance checks and services, and displays good judgment on the road.

"Spc. Crull exemplifies all the qualities of a Soldier who is ready to be an NCO someday," Renteria said.

Crull volunteered to deploy with the unit and is a student at the University Of Wisconsin - Platteville.

"Soldiers hold him in high regard," Renteria said. "We are happy to have him on the team."

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