Marines from 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion encountered multiple improvised explosive devices in Sangin District, Jan. 19. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Rogelio Saldana, a combat hospitalman for E Company, 3rd LAR, and native of El Paso, Texas, immediately assessed a Marine who complained of severe back pain after an IED blast. He was later evacuated to safety.
Combat hospitalman, like Saldana, stepped up for 3rd LAR and made a difference during the unit’s deployment, said 1st Sgt. Tony R. Murchison, E Company first sergeant and native of Raleigh, N.C.