Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz
The Air Force Cross
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 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
Erected by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 07-C.
Location. 32° 24.267′ N, 86° 14.981′ W. Marker is in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Touch for map. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America.
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 Zachary J. Rhyner (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham (here, 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); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter 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.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, Afghanistan •
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