Madera Navy Corpsman receives prestigious award from U.S. Marine Corps Commandant in Quantico, Virginia on September 29, 2010.
His proud Mom, Gloria Brown of Madera, sent us the news. The honor given her son, Navy Hospital Corpsman-Petty Officer First Class Damien Brown, is for his ‘significant contribution’ in the combat arena during his volunteer deployment to Afghanistan from August, 2009 until April, 2010. The award is given annually to the Corpsman “who, while serving with a Fleet Marine Force unit, has made an outstanding contribution to increased medical readiness within the organization.”
Petty Officer Damien Brown earned the honor from his service as line corpsman with the Embedded Training Team 7-5 and leading Petty Officer, Battalion Aid Station, Headquarters Battalion, Third Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Marine Corps put it this way, “He enthusiastically volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan is support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His medical knowledge and training ability were evident when embedded training team 7-5 received the highest scores in medical evaluation during pre-deployment training program in twenty-nine palms, ca. He was engaged in numerous combat actions and medical interventions significantly impacting the success of embedded training team 7-5. Petty Officer Brown's initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service".
The young Navy Corpsman has also been nominated for a Bronze Star with Valor. When I spoke with him by phone on October 1sthe somewhat reluctantly told me of the cumulative actions that led to that nomination. He said, “During the 9 months I was in Afghanistan I saw a lot of action, fire fights and battles, like that. I treated our guys and Afghani nationals. I’d rather not say anything about the details." Humble, proud and the kind of guy who walks the talk.
Pretty impressive service from a young man who graduated from Madera High School in 1999 who chose to enlist in the US Navy in 2001. His current assignment is at the N.A.S. Joint Reserve Base in Ft. Worth, Texas. That’s where he, wife Mizuki and their three children are enjoying life in the same place at the same time for a change.
Just another volunteer service member from the ranks of the Central Valley stepping up and standing out.
All you jarheads out there... give him an Ooh-Rah…!
The rest of you just send out a “Thank you for your service” to this Navy Corpsman from Madera.