Purple Hearts

Maj. Gen. James Linder, front, commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force- Afghanistan, pins the Purple Heart Medal on Sgt. Joseph Dipietrantonio, right, in Bagram, Afghanistan on May 10, 2018. Dipietrantonio, a native of Cumberland, Maine, and Spc. Darrin Whitehurst, left, of Steubenville, Ohio, were both awarded the Purple Heart Medal for saving the lives of American soldiers and Afghan partnered soldiers. Both soldiers are with A Company, 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade.

On May 10, 2018, two soldiers from the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade were awarded Purple Heart Medals and Combat Action Badges in Bagram, Afghanistan, for their efforts during a 12-hour engagement with the enemy during combat operations.

Sgt. Joseph Dipietrantonio and Spc. Darrin Whitehurst, both with A Company, 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, were conducting signal intelligence operations in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan and Afghan National Defense Security Forces in their fight against Taliban forces, said Command Sgt. Maj. Allen Brooks, the senior enlisted leader from the 504th MI’s 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion. The team was providing force protection to the ground forces by looking for early warning indicators of a possible attack.

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