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1LT Aaron Roach awarded Bronze Star for action in Iraq

Hero is proud to have served his country, and brings back as his greatest memory that none the soldiers in his command were hurt
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Aaron Roach, a 2001 graduate of Adair County High School, Columbia, KY has been awarded the Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious service as a platoon leader during operation New Dawn in Iraq,. while serving with the Kentucky National Guard 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry "Mountain Warriors," 2, 183d Cavalry, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB).

He is the son of Nancy Roach, a teacher at Adair County Elementary School, Columbia, KY.

His home base is Alpha 1st Battalion,149th infantry Regiment Ky National Guard "Mountain Warriors" from Harlan, KY. He currently lives in Bowling Green KY.

"He serves as a First Lieutenant platoon leader in Alpha Company. Aaron left for the Middle East on August 1," his mother said. "His company did convoy security, gun truck support, for transportation of supplies and equipment leaving Iraq from main operating bases. He was based in Balad Iraq. He did missions as far North as Erbiland and Kirkuk, and south to the Kuwait border.

Mrs. Roach said, "Aaron told me he was Proud to serve his county, and the greatest thing he took away from his time was that none of his soldiers were hurt," and added, "Guess you can tell I'm a proud parent."1LT Roach returned to the Kentucky today, December 20, 2011.

The award is the fourth highest Combat Award of the U.S. Armed Forces, according to an entry on the Bronze Star in Wikipedia..

This story was posted on 2011-12-20 17:27:01
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Bronze Star recipient 1LT Aaron Roach in Iraq

2011-12-20 - Iraq - Photo from Nancy Roach, Columbia, KY.
Bronze Star recipient 1LT Aaron Roach a graduate of Adair County High School 2001 and Western Kentucky University (2009) is shown above while on duty with the Kentucky National Guard "Mountain Warriors," headquartered in Harlan, KY. 1LT Roach is back in Kentucky today. He received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service while in Iraq. The award is the 4th Highest U.S. Combat Medal.

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