by Maj. Karla S. Owen
10th Special Forces Group (A) Public Affairs Officer
Sgt. 1st Class Jarion Halbisengibbs, a recent Distinguished Service Cross recipient, received the Noncommissioned Officers Association of the United States of America Military Vanguard award July 17 in Las Vegas.
Halbisengibbs, assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), received the DSC May 14 for extraordinary heroism Sept. 10, 2007, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As the Operational Detachment – Alpha 083 weapons sergeant, Halbisengibbs displayed extraordinary courage under fire while advising a combined assault element of the Iraqi National Police during a raid to capture Al Qaida in Salah ad Din Province in Samarra.
Through his fearless actions, Halbisengibbs directly saved the lives of two of his fellow Soldiers, personally killed six of the 11 enemies, enabled the rescue of one hostage and ensured the elimination of the targeted terrorist responsible for many kidnappings and murders throughout the Samarra region.
The NCOA annually recognizes and pays tribute to an NCO from each uniformed servicewho has performed a particularly heroic act that resulted in the saving of a life or the prevention of serious injury.
The Vanguard award, established in 1983, is named in memory of and honor of an NCO recipient of the Medal of Honor of their respective service.
Halbisengibbs received the award along with NCOs from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard ranks.
The Army award is named after World War I hero Cpl. Alvin C. York, who, after his platoon had suffered heavy casualties. York assumed command and fearlessly led seven men to overtake a machine-gun nest, which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat, the machine-gun nest was taken, along with 132 German prisoners.