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Joshua P. Leonards


Air Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Air Medal with Combat "V" to Sergeant Joshua P. Leonards, United States Army, for exceptional heroism through superior airmanship, while serving as a Huh-60 Flight Medic for Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Comanche, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade on the night of 26 October 2010. While serving as the Flight Medic of DUSTOFF 80, Sergeant Leonards and crew launched in support of a critically wounded United States Marine on an urgent Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) mission within the vicinity of Kharaba-I-Khwaja, Badghis Province, Afghanistan. Upon arrival to the Point-Of-Injury (POI) and due to the terrain, the crew was informed that a hoist extraction would be required for two wounded Marines in two different Pickup Zones (PZs). Despite the in-secured PZs being located 400 feet below the side of a steep mountain cliff, limited aircraft maneuvering room, little to no Night Vision Goggle (NVG) visual cues, and an unknown enemy situation on the ground, Sergeant Leonards, without hesitation, displayed exceptional skills, composure, and absolute dedication to duty while being hoisted down through the dust and darkness over 100 feet onto each very hazardous PZ. Upon arrival onto the PZs, Sergeant Leonards personally treated, stabilized, and prepared each critically wounded Marine for safe extraction by hoist, causing him to be exposed to direct enemy fire for over 15 minutes on each PZ. Because of his outstanding situational awareness, medical expertise, heroic actions, and complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Leonards ensured the safety of the mission and the survival of two United States Marines.

Action Date: October 26, 2010

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant