Actions During an Ambush Recognized
By Harold Hutchison
On 7 August, 2011, a squad of Marines was ambushed and pinned down by insurgents in the Sangin District. Two of the Marines were killed, and facing fire from multiple positions.
First Sergeant Bradley G. Simmons lead a quick reaction force to rescue the pinned down Marines. Simmons lead the force against the insurgents, cutting off their escape route and allowing close air support assets to take down the insurgents. For his actions during the ambush, he received the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device.