Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Robert Gutierrez, Jr.
The Air Force Cross
Robert Gutierrez, Jr.
Staff Sergeant Robert Gutierrez, Jr. distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States in Heart Province, Afghanistan, on 5 October 2009. On that date, while assigned as a combat controller to an Army Special Forces Detachment, Sergeant Gutierrez and his team conducted a high-risk nighttime raid to capture the number two Taliban leader in the region. During the initial assault, the team was attacked with a barrage of rifle and heavy machine-gun fire from a numerically superior and determined enemy force. Sergeant Gutierrez was shot in the chest, his team leader was shot in the leg, and the ten-man element was pinned down in a building with no escape route. In great pain and confronting the very real possibility that he would die, Sergeant Gutierrez seized the initiative and refused to relinquish his duties as joint terminal attack controller. Under intense fire, he engaged Taliban fighters with his M-4 rifle and brought airpower to bear, controlling three "danger close" A-10 strafing runs with exceptional precision against enemy forces just 30 feet away. After the first A-10 attack, the team medic performed a needle decompression
Erected by the Combat Control Association.
Location. 32° 24.266′ N, 86° 14.98′ 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 Ivan M. Ruiz (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 Zachary J. Rhyner Award of Air Force Cross to Dustin H. Temple (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 (here, next to 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 . . .
1. Air Force Magazine article "Once More Unto the Breach.". (Submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Defense Media Network article on Robert Gutierrez. (Submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, Afghanistan •
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