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Chief of staff presents sergeant with Purple Heart Medal (Not for the Weak of Heart)
Air Force Links ^ | Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

Posted on 06/23/2006 8:06:54 PM PDT by SandRat

6/23/2006 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- A sergeant severely wounded in action in Iraq received the Purple Heart Medal today, pinned on his chest by the Air Force chief of staff.

Staff Sgt. Israel del Toro Jr. accepted the medal from Gen. T. Michael Moseley at a ceremony at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. More than 200 people attended the event, including family members.

The sergeant, supported by family members, fellow controllers, A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots, Soldiers, an Airman Leadership School class and the hospital medical staff was at a loss for words because of the big turnout.

"I'm not a big speech guy," Sergeant del Toro said.

Then he managed to thank his "TACP brothers" and those in attendance for their outpouring of support before he broke down and cried. A family member comforted him and wiped away his tears.

The sergeant, a tactical air control party operator, received severe burns when an improvised explosive device exploded near him while he was on patrol in Afghanistan in early December.

Sergeant del Toro was the controller on a mission with Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Infantry Brigade as part of Combined Task Force Bayonet. It is a job for which he is uniquely qualified.

The sergeant is a qualified jumpmaster and master parachutist with 110 jumps. He completed Army air assault training and received his Air Force communications controller badge. The sergeant is also a qualified terminal attack controller.

General Moseley, who also visited Lackland Air Force Base during his San Antonio visit, said it was an honor to be at the ceremony. And he said it was an absolute privilege to wear the same uniform as the sergeant.

"You've come a long way to be able to walk," the general said. "You represent everything good about the Air Force."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chief; heart; iraq; medal; presents; purple; sergeant; staff
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1 posted on 06/23/2006 8:06:56 PM PDT by SandRat
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..
You WILL CRY reading this one and while viewing the photo album!!!


2 posted on 06/23/2006 8:08:43 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

BTTT


3 posted on 06/23/2006 8:11:43 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePb6H-j51xE&search=Democrats)
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To: SandRat

Staff Sgt. Israel del Toro Jr., one of America's finest.

May God bless him and his family.


4 posted on 06/23/2006 8:13:47 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: SandRat

Grateful BTTT.


5 posted on 06/23/2006 8:17:05 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: SandRat

Jack Murtha isn't qualified to clean this mans toilet.

*Yes, its a huge image. Look what this man gave up for us.

6 posted on 06/23/2006 8:18:21 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (What is it about "illegal" you don't understand?)
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To: SandRat
Thanks Sergeant. You are a hero to us all.
7 posted on 06/23/2006 8:21:27 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: isthisnickcool

When I look at him every worry in my life seems so petty and I feel so self absorbed.

May God Bless him and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.


8 posted on 06/23/2006 8:24:10 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: isthisnickcool
Yes, its a huge image. Look what this man gave up for us.

Not quite big enough, IMHO. The image needs to be as large as his courage and bravery.

9 posted on 06/23/2006 8:24:32 PM PDT by JavaTheHutt ( Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush - DUBYA!!!!!)
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To: isthisnickcool

"Jack Murtha isn't qualified to clean this mans toilet."

Murtha isn't worthy to lick dog dung from the sole of this MAN's shoe.


10 posted on 06/23/2006 8:24:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SandRat

Where do we find men like these..? Indeed.


11 posted on 06/23/2006 8:27:29 PM PDT by jblair
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To: Army Air Corps
I'd thoroughly enjoy the Good Sgt appearing before a Joint House and Senate panel and tear the lot of the RATS a new excrement hole and then turn around and rip the media a new one as well.
12 posted on 06/23/2006 8:30:27 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

You said it all.


13 posted on 06/23/2006 8:30:45 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: SandRat

"I'd thoroughly enjoy the Good Sgt appearing before a Joint House and Senate panel and tear the lot of the RATS a new excrement hole and then turn around and rip the media a new one as well."

Y'know, y'know, John F'n Kerry set up his win for a Senate seat by testifying before the Senate in '71 or so. Why couldn't this guy do the same thing - his credibility would obviously be leagues above Kerry's and who is going to question his courage and valor (follows along on Ann Coulter's book, except a mirror image, Pub's, not Dims).

He could run in a predominately Dimocrat state. How could all those "loving" people dis this guy?


14 posted on 06/23/2006 8:45:59 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Every man looks good in uniform. AND look at the ribbons and medals on that man's breast!

(And his son is so proud, too. Great picture!)


15 posted on 06/23/2006 8:55:58 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: Rembrandt

I'd like to see JFnK put his "purple hearts" alongside of THIS man's Purple Heart!

HA!


16 posted on 06/23/2006 8:57:35 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: SandRat

Prayers and thanks SSgt. del Toro.
Though the dems and traitors say they support you, they despise you.
To us, you are the image of a hero whose courage and sacrifice allows us to be free.


17 posted on 06/23/2006 9:17:08 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: SandRat
There are a couple of things that are truly strange about this award. The first is an award of the Commendation Medal. That award is not made for heroism.

The second is that the sergeant's US lapel brass is that of an officer. Compare the US lapel brass to that of the General. They are the same. If this guy is truly a Staff Sergeant, then the US should be enclosed by a circle.

I hope that no one is offended by these observations, but unless things have changed drastically since I was in the military, then there is something wrong here.

18 posted on 06/23/2006 9:18:54 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: isthisnickcool
Jack Murtha isn't qualified to clean this mans toilet.

Jack Murtha, Max Cleland and Jean Francois Kerry aren't qualified to be anywhere in the same county as Staff Sergeant Israel Del Toro, Jr.

19 posted on 06/23/2006 9:50:09 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: davisfh

Nope. That changed several years ago. The circle is gone. Note the polished silver name tags on the coat, instead of the old blue. Always trying to keep up with the changes!

Of course, they are looking to completely change the blues again, going back to some WWI or WWII ideas including a belt on the coat and a mandarin collar


20 posted on 06/23/2006 9:56:09 PM PDT by ODC-GIRL (Proudly serving our Nation's Homeland Defense)
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To: davisfh
There are a couple of things that are truly strange about this award. The first is an award of the Commendation Medal. That award is not made for heroism.

If you had bothered to look a lot closer at the pic, you would have seen that it is an Army Commendation Medal. The Army has its own rules for granting their Commendation Medal...and a Commendation Medal in the AF can be awarded for heroism. There is no hard rule on what medal goes for what action.

The second is that the sergeant's US lapel brass is that of an officer. Compare the US lapel brass to that of the General. They are the same. If this guy is truly a Staff Sergeant, then the US should be enclosed by a circle.

You must have missed the time when the Air Force changed its uniforms, to include the US lapel pins. It's been at least 10 years since that particular change was put into effect.

...unless things have changed drastically since I was in the military, then there is something wrong here.

Yes, things have changed a lot since...when were you in, again? The only thing wrong here is that you haven't paid attention to the changes in the Air Force since 1992, when this "business" version of the service dress uniform was introduced. Thankfully, the "Navy-style" officer rank insignia was never adopted, but otherwise SSgt DelToro and General "Buzz" Moseley are in full compliance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903.

21 posted on 06/23/2006 9:57:21 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: ODC-GIRL

You mean the horrifying "Billy Mitchell" blues they came up with, right? gag me!!!


22 posted on 06/23/2006 9:58:44 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: JRios1968

I just may have to retire for good, aacckkk!
CPT Charity Kidd, at your service.


23 posted on 06/23/2006 10:07:16 PM PDT by ODC-GIRL (Proudly serving our Nation's Homeland Defense)
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To: SandRat

Staff Sgt. Israel del Toro Jr: You are my hero. Just saying "Thank you" is totally inadequate.


24 posted on 06/23/2006 10:13:48 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God is giving you countless observable clues of His existence!)
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To: ODC-GIRL

Capt? Get commissioned? :)


25 posted on 06/23/2006 10:32:38 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: JRios1968

Hey, I was surprised too! I'm just an E-8. Maybe I'd be better off as a Pirate.

Thanks for the website, it was fun.


26 posted on 06/23/2006 11:00:15 PM PDT by ODC-GIRL (Proudly serving our Nation's Homeland Defense)
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To: ODC-GIRL

LOL...THAT kind of Captain!! Yargh, Matey! A lowly aircraft maintenance Captain here! Ye always be welcome!


27 posted on 06/23/2006 11:01:42 PM PDT by JRios1968 (There's 3 kinds of people in this world...those who know math and those who don't.)
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To: SandRat

A 6 month wait for a Purple Heart? The military really needs to get it's act together on the award system. In WWII they were getting Medals of Honor out faster than this.


28 posted on 06/23/2006 11:33:32 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: SandRat

BTTT


29 posted on 06/24/2006 3:07:13 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: JRios1968

I retired in 1975. I guess a lot has changed since that time.


30 posted on 06/24/2006 5:56:47 AM PDT by davisfh
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