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Old 05-04-2020, 03:34 PM
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Arrow 29 Purple Hearts awarded for Iran's ballistic missile attack on Al-Asad Air Base

29 Purple Hearts awarded for Iran's ballistic missile attack on Al-Asad Air Base
By: Jeff Schogol - Task & Purpose - 04-05-20 1-hr ago

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Spc. Jose Ortiz was presented the Purple Heart on May 3, 2020, for his injuries sustained during the theater ballistic missile attacks at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on January 8, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sydney Mariette)

Out of 110 U.S. troops who were diagnosed with mild Traumatic Brain Injury following Iran’s ballistic missile attack on Al-Asad Air Base in January, 29 soldiers will receive Purple Hearts, U.S. Central Command announced on Monday.

"The awards were approved by Lt. Gen. Pat White, commander, Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve, following a review in accordance with Army and Air Force regulations,” said Navy Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a CENTCOM spokesman. “Individual units were responsible for submitting award packages to CJTF-OIR for service members who had been injured and may be eligible for the Purple Heart as a result of the ballistic missile attack.”

Post by Barbara Star: "Two USAF Airmen Purple Heart submissions were reviewed...CJTF-OIR Commander passed his recommendation against approval for these two awards to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Commander"
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Barbara Starr@barbarastarrcnn · 6h
Just in: First of six Purple Hearts approved for #TBI injuries during Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on Al Assad Air Base awarded to U.S. Army soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait on May 3-4. The awards first of 29 approved by Lt. Gen. Pat White, OIR cmdr,

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