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East Texas Soldier Wins Bronze Star

An East Texas soldier is recognized for his service in Afghanistan, receiving one of the nation's top honors, the bronze star medal.   With much of the nation's military focus on Iraq, we don't hear much about our military forces in Afghanistan. But a White Oak man has been honored for his one year service, for keeping the peace and fighting against terrorism.

For the past year, Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Robertson has led troops of the 10th mountain division in Afghanistan as a good will ambassador to the people, and in the fight against terrorism and the taliban.  It's an assignment that has had a profound effect on him.  "I think more than anything, it's made me appreciate how fortunate we are as Americans to have the freedoms we enjoy," said the sergeant.

For his tireless, exceptional, meritorious service, the Army awarded him one of its highest honors: the bronze star. His father, Jerry Robertson, who is retired air force, was overwhelmed. "It was a very big shock to me.  I'm so happy he got the bronze star. Of course you get worried, especially when they're going to that Iraq Afghanistan area," Jerry said.

"I definitely feel humbled," said Jeremy.  "Of course you don't go over there and think to yourself, 'My goal is to win a bunch of medals'.  Your goal is to go over there and lead your soldiers and bring them all back alive and do the job your country called you to do," Jeremy said.

Manning mountain outposts, Robertson's unit fought insurgents at the borders, and worked to help a people fighting for their own freedom.  "They want to see their country succeed and they want to see their country get out from the depths of the taliban," said Jeremy.

For his father, the honor has reaffirmed what he already knew.  "How proud I am of him, and just what to tell him how much off a hero he is of mine," said Jerry.

Robertson remains committed to U.S. forces protecting freedom anywhere it's in danger.  "Our role as Americans, we're always wanted to help other countries and other people," Jeremy said.

Sgt. Robertson is now back for a guaranteed three year stateside duty at Ft. Drum, N.Y. to train new mountain division troops.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com


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