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Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz

 
 
Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
1. Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz Marker
Inscription.  
Citation to Accompany the Award of
The Air Force Cross
to

Ivan M. Ruiz

Master Sergeant Ivan M. Ruiz distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States. On 10 December 2013 during a raid in denied terrain in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan while attached to Army Special Forces and Afghan Commandos team, Sergeant Ruiz engaged and neutralized 4 insurgents at point blank range, becoming isolated from the 14 man element, Sergeant Ruiz and 2 teammates encountered vicious insurgent crossfire, sweeping the courtyard with small arms fire and throwing hand grenades from barricaded strongpoints, Sergeant Ruiz eliminated one enemy fighter with well-aimed carbine fire, while enemy fire wounded his two comrades, rendering them immobile and exposed to the enemy. Alone in the courtyard, Sergeant Ruiz completely disregarded his personal safety and refused to withdraw to cover. Single-handedly suppressing enemy fire until reinforcements arrived, Sergeant Ruiz pressed ahead under intense fire to reach his wounded comrades. Joined
Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
2. Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques.
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by teammates, Sergeant Ruiz advanced through a hail of machine gun fire and grenades to drag a wounded teammate back to a position of relative cover and concealment. Still dangerously exposed to gunfire raking the compound, Sergeant Ruiz administered life-saving trauma care to his teammates while wearing night vision goggles. Sergeant Ruiz’s heroic actions saved the lives of two teammates and contributed to 11 insurgents killed. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Ruiz reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
 
Erected by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 07-C.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: HeroesWar, Afghanistan.
 
Location. 32° 24.267′ N, 86° 14.981′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Award of Air Force Cross to Robert Gutierrez, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Dustin H. Temple (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Keary J.Miller
Master Sergeant Ivan M. Ruiz image. Click for full size.
By USAF Photo, October 18, 2012
3. Master Sergeant Ivan M. Ruiz
(here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Zachary J. Rhyner (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Timothy A. Wilkinson (a few steps from this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jon D. Harston (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .  Defense Media Network - Master Sgt. Ivan M. Ruiz, Air Force Cross Recipient. (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Enlisted Air Force Cross Description image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
4. Enlisted Air Force Cross Description

The AF Cross is awarded for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy, to any person while serving with the U.S. Air Force, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing enemy force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces, engaged in conflict against an opposing force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. It is awarded for heroic actions second in precedence only to the Medal of Honor and is presented in the name of the President. It was established by Congress by Public Law 88-593 on 6 July 1960.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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