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03/03/06

HAAF Soldiers Awarded Medal

You probably know someone who served our nation in Iraq. Today, there's recognition for some of that hard work and bravery. The First Battalion, Third Aviation Regiment honored more than 300 Hunter Army Airfield soldiers for their accomplishments in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ten earned the Air Medal with Valor, and 215 the Army Commendation Medal.

"It was a lot of hard work, 24-7," said Spc. Marina Soto. "I'm just glad to be home."

The 1-3 Aviation, the "Vipers," flew more missions than any other Apache helicopter battalion in history. They also have the highest retention rate deployed in a combat zone in the Third Infantry Division.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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