February 27, 2013
SFC Matthew Kinney
On Oct. 16, 2008, he saved countless lives while in harm's way, due to his actions, he is one of our Real Heroes.
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Matthew S. Kinney, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, attached to 2d Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, on 16 October 2008, during a daring Medevac hoist rescue in the forbidding Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.
Departing in response to an urgent Medevac request emanating from the Korengal Valley, Staff Sergeant Kinney configured himself and his aircraft for hoist operations while en route. He then advised both Dustoff crews to hoist down their medics simultaneously in order to expedite the packaging and loading of the reported four wounded soldiers. Upon arriving, the pilots of both Medevac aircraft heeded Staff Seargeant Kinney’s advice, lowering both flight medics into the small mountain village.
Sergeant Kinney quickly took charge of a chaotic situation when he discovered six critically wounded soldiers crammed into a small mud and rock building where several other soldiers were taking cover.
During the second hoist iteration, the aircraft and the small building came under heavy machine gun fire. Despite taking on the fire, Staff Sergeant Kinney helped his fellow medic complete the hoist, while attempting to locate the origin of the enemy ambush.
Staff Sergeant Kinney was finally able to load and treat five critically wounded soldiers. He was able to control bleeding, administered pain control, dressed wounds, and started IV’s.
Staff Sergeant Kinney's heroic actions on this day exceeded the call of duty and speak volumes to his selfless dedication to the welfare of his fellow Soldiers. On countless occasions, he demonstrated a willingness to lay down his own life for those he is sworn to protect. By calling Apache fire onto the location of an enemy during an ambush, he saved the lives of countless Soldiers on the ground, as well as the lives of an entire Medevac crew who had assumed a stationary hover over the kill zone.
Staff Sergeant Kinney's selfless actions under fire, his level head during a deteriorating situation, and improvisations when all was otherwise lost, reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Medevac, Task Force Out Front, and the United States Army.
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