ADT 2 Soldier re-awarded medals after house fire

story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

STURGIS, Ky. — Former Kentucky Guardsman, Staff Sgt. David Holeman was re-awarded his military medals by Col. Benny Richardson and Maj. Bobbie Mayes at the Sturgis Municipal Airport in Union County, Ky. Apr. 2, 2014.

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Former Kentucky Guardsman, Staff Sgt. David Holeman was re-awarded his military medals by Col. Benny Richardson and Maj. Bobbie Mayes at the Sturgis Municipal Airport in Union County, Ky., Apr. 2, 2014. Holeman lost all of his awards in a house fire Dec. 6th and the Kentucky National Guard personnel office was able to procure replacements for the Soldier. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Stephen Martin)

Holeman lost all of his awards in a house fire Dec. 6th and Staff Sgt. Carl Cooper from the Kentucky National Guard personnel office was able to procure replacements for the Soldier.

“We’re a family,” said Richardson as he presented Holeman’s medals to him. “I’m sorry that this has happened to you, but I know that you and your family will persevere. That’s the kind of person you are.”

Holeman deployed with Richardson and Mayes on the Agribusiness Development Team two mission to Afghanistan during 2010-2011.

“I can’t believe you found and brought me these medals,” replied Holeman. “It truly is an honor to have you come all this way.”

“I can attest that the Guard really is family.”

 

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