Commander and Chief Warrant Officer of the Czech 2nd Guard Company of the ISAF mission decorated with the fourth-highest U.S. military award

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

The Commander of the 2nd Guard Company of ISAF, Captain Jiri Pazdera, and his Chief Warrant Officer, David Lavicka, received the Bronze Star Medal from the Commander of the ISAF Regional Command East, Major General Stephen Townsend.

In his speech at the ceremony held at the ISAF Regional Command East at Bagram Airfield on 29th October, General Townsend expressed his appreciation of the Czech unit’s role in Afghanistan: “Your achievements here have convinced me that if I had to pick just one nation to be here with, it would surely be the Czech Republic.”

Captain Jiri Pazdera said that the award was a great honour for him, but he also considered it recognition and appreciation for his whole company. “We have managed to control the trend of ever increasing incidents against, and missile attacks on, the Bagram base. Over the last three months, we have successfully reversed this trend back to the level that existed prior to 2013. By eliminating specific insurgents, we have put an end to attacks on the patrols guarding the base.”

Lieutenant Colonel Mark B. Sherkey, Commander of the U.S. "Top Guns" Task Force, also presented Army Commendation Medals to all of the platoon leaders and their deputies, and Army Achievement Medals to selected personnel from the platoons and to the staff of the 2nd Guard Company for their excellent performance in successfully carrying out various operations. For example, protecting the base during President Barack Obama’s visit to Bagram, and ensuring a safer environment during the Afghan presidential elections.

November 3, 2014