Czech soldier in Afghanistan receives high American award

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

In appreciation of saving life of an American soldier in Afghanistan, US General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, awarded Staff Sergeant Michal Novotny the Bronze Star Medal.

At the ceremony held at the U.S. Forward Operating Base Shank, in Logar, Afghanistan, on 10 February 2012, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey awarded also seven American soldiers.

Staff Sergeant Michal Novotny, who participated in a Route Clearance Patrol demining operation with other Czech and American personnel, saved life of an American soldier who lost lower limbs and part of right hand following explosion of an improvised device on 19 November 2011 in the Logar Province. Three other Czech soldiers assisted him in this emergency medical action.

"I highly value the award but the medal is not so important compared to saving life of that soldier. I have heard his wife delivered him a second child so he has the good something to live for," says Staff Sergeant Novotny, who returned home from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan on 12 February 2012.

Staff Sergeant Michal Novotny, from 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion based at Prostejov, was at that time a member of 8th Unit of Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar, Afghanistan. Earlier, he attended a series of US military professional health care courses which were focused on combat life saving and combat medicine in general.

The Bronze Star Medal is the US Armed Forces military decoration awarded for bravery and it is the fourth highest US military combat award.

Both Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic General Vlastimil Picek and Czech Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra have spoken highly about the deed of Staff Sergeant Michal Novotny saying they are proud of him and, in general, of good cooperation of Czech soldiers with allied forces during foreign deployments.

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Posted: February 18, 2012