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Chef gets Bronze Star for convoy rescue
U.S. Central Command ^ | 12/16/05 | U.S. Central Command

Posted on 01/04/2006 8:25:18 PM PST by SirChas

Chef gets Bronze Star for convoy rescue

Chief Warrant Officer 3 David J. Longstaff, manager of the U.S. Army culinary team, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for rescuing five Soldiers pinned down in an ambush.

Longstaff was serving as Division Support Command food service technician for the 1st Armored Division, when he went on a procurement mission in the Al Rasheed district of Baghdad on Aug. 7, 2003.

It was early afternoon with temperatures reaching 113 degrees fahrenheit. During his first five months in Iraq, Longstaff had participated in more than 150 convoys into Baghdad. This particular mission had proceeded as normal, but while driving through a shopping district along the route back to camp, he spotted a burning Humvee in the center medium.

“The Humvee was hit by an RPG and an ambush was in progress,” said Longstaff. “We just happened to be coming down the road, so we got in there and supported them.”

Longstaff’s convoy included two Humvees and a 5-ton truck. Longstaff ordered two vehicles to secure the rear as the other vehicle, driven by Sgt. 1st Class Richard Bryant, 1st Armored Division, proceeded to assist the five ambushed Soldiers trapped behind a civilian vehicle.

Longstaff provided covering fire toward a building where most of the incoming rounds were shot from. With hostile fire coming from buildings on the north and south sides of the street, he continued engaging the enemy with suppressive fire for 10 minutes, and helped evacuate the casualties away from the area.

“I stayed behind our Humvee, walking as we maneuvered across the street,” said Longstaff. “Once we laid down suppressive fire, they were able to run across the two sections of the street and get back into their area.”

Longstaff also engaged enemy fire from the rear flank with 2nd Lt. Juan Florez, assistant DISCOM S-4..

Longstaff’s quick reaction to the situation allowed the ambushed Soldiers to move out of the kill zone without further injury, according to Bryant. Longstaff volunteered as rear security on the convoy out of the area and the injured Soldiers were evacuated for medical treatment. Longstaff’s team had no injuries.

“His actions are nothing short of heroic and are a true testament of his technical and tactical expertise,” said Bryant.

“I was intrigued that as a cook, I found myself in the middle of Baghdad taking fire,” said Longstaff. “It just goes to show what you can do when put into any situation. So you should just be prepared.”

“Regardless of where you compete in the world of chefs,” Longstaff said, “we are warriors first, and that’s important.”



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bronze; chef; convoy; gets; rescue; star
WOW!!
1 posted on 01/04/2006 8:25:19 PM PST by SirChas
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To: SirChas

Thank you!


2 posted on 01/04/2006 8:28:14 PM PST by MNJohnnie (We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them.--GWBush)
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To: SirChas

Fantastic!


3 posted on 01/04/2006 8:28:17 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: SirChas

That's pretty cool.


4 posted on 01/04/2006 8:29:00 PM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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To: SirChas

What a great story! and this line:

“Regardless of where you compete in the world of chefs,” Longstaff said, “we are warriors first, and that’s important.”

Thank you, CWO3 Longstaff.


5 posted on 01/04/2006 8:29:17 PM PST by voiceinthewind
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To: SirChas

Thats is one cooks eggs I would never complain about.


6 posted on 01/04/2006 8:30:27 PM PST by Americanwolf (Support the Minutemen Civil Defense Corp...Doing the Job our government won't !)
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To: SirChas

God Bless Cookie and his team. This is what Americans do when the chips are down.


7 posted on 01/04/2006 8:32:35 PM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: SirChas
Great job Warrant Officer Longstaff, Thank You
8 posted on 01/04/2006 8:36:08 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: SirChas

Now ya see there? It just goes to show you that the Army cook is NOT the enemy! =)


9 posted on 01/04/2006 8:37:10 PM PST by Just Lori (The road to hell is paved by liberals.)
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To: SirChas

Now that I'm done saving your butts, what do soldiers want for lunch?

10 posted on 01/04/2006 8:41:38 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit
Alternate ending

Now what was that you guys were saying about staff weenies?

11 posted on 01/04/2006 8:42:33 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: SirChas

CHEF? AWESOME!!!!

12 posted on 01/04/2006 8:48:34 PM PST by Al Simmons ('A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user' - Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: SirChas

Wow, Casey Ryback lives (even if the guy who played him is a total wuss)!!!


13 posted on 01/04/2006 8:49:31 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: SirChas
IRON CHEF has a new meaning...
14 posted on 01/04/2006 8:50:04 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Raoul's First Law of Journalism: BIAS = LAYOFFS)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Bronze Star for Iron Chef with Brass Cajones.


15 posted on 01/04/2006 8:51:13 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Raoul's First Law of Journalism: BIAS = LAYOFFS)
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To: SirChas
I wonder what those weenies over at DUmmies would say about this guy?

On second thought forget it they are so sicko that they could make a cow puke.

16 posted on 01/04/2006 8:54:53 PM PST by prophetic
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To: prophetic

All the DUmmies have is their hero, John "Spineless" Kerry, their war hero?


17 posted on 01/04/2006 9:07:57 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: SirChas; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon; Tijeras_Slim; Fierce Allegiance
U.S. Army culinary team

Those guys are goooood.

18 posted on 01/04/2006 9:48:19 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SirChas

Bump!!! Great post!

God bless the men and women of the U.S. Militry!!!!!!


19 posted on 01/04/2006 9:48:52 PM PST by Theresawithanh (You'll get me to stop posting on FR when you wrench my laptop from my cold, dead fingers!)
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To: Doctor Raoul; SirChas

Can't top that one, Doc!
Most way cool!
God Bless our Troops!
Ms.B


20 posted on 01/04/2006 10:44:01 PM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Doctor Raoul; SirChas

Cookin with FIRE!


21 posted on 01/16/2006 9:44:39 PM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!))
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