Airman receives Soldier's Medal
Release Number: 040315
Published March 27, 2015
Master Sergeant Matthew A. Garcia was presented the Soldier's Medal by Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III, Mar. 25.
While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Garcia saved the lives of two pilots who were critically injured after landing their helicopter on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Garcia jumped 10 feet from his helicopter into hostile territory and a field of IEDs to provide lifesaving emergency care and move the two pilots out of the line of fire.
Garcia is a special mission aviator with the 55th Rescue Squadron.