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Lt. Amanda Duggleby,  grand-daughter of Bob Duggleby ('56) is shown receiving the oath of office from Bob's son, and her father, Col. Robert W. Duggleby Jr., December. 10, 2010, at Florida State University.

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BRONZE STAR WITH “V” DEVICE

 

STAFF SERGEANT AMIER DODD

Son of Mary Beth Davis Dodd ('79)

Grandson of Jack ('55) and Fran Shadburn Davis ('56)

On the 19th of August 2009 Staff Sergeant Dodd distinguished extreme heroism above and beyond the call of duty as a Squad Leader while engaged in active ground combat in the Ghorbond District of Afghanistan.

On 19 August 2009 at 0130L, SSG Dodd was suddenly woken by the firing of .50 caliber machine gun on guard.  Immediately SSG Dodd instructed two mortar men, SPC Hatfield and PFC Garcia.  They immediately grabbed the 60mm mortar tube with any rounds he had on hand and moved to a hasty mortar firing position.  For no regard of personal safety, SSG Dodd began directing indirect fire rounds down range with no body armor or protective gear.  Within 30 seconds of the warning, SSG Dodd directed SPC Hatfield to fire two rounds in the general distance and direction of the enemy contact.  Through his technical expertise, SSG Dodd estimated a distance and direction so that SPC Hatfield could fire two immediate suppression rounds in direct lay from his 60mm mortar tube.  SSG Dodd continued to provide effective indirect fire on the enemy, delaying them from executing their fire mission and facilitating the rest of the platoon to be alerted and maneuver into their defense posture. In addition to directing the mortar rounds in a hasty lateral spread to identify any enemy positions, SSG Dodd was also taking in information from the rest of the platoon and the directing his squad in order to fix and finish any remaining enemy.  Due to the clear and concise guidance he gave over the radio and to the rest of his platoon, SSG Dodd effectively multi-tasked himself, splitting his tactical and technical expertise with the dismounts and the directing a mortar system that he was untrained on.

As SPC Hatfield continued to fire illumination and HE rounds on the suspected enemy sight, SSG Dodd realized that the illumination rounds were not synchronized to maximize the amount of illumination on the objective as they were firing HE rounds.  Essentially, SSG Dodd directed SPC Hatfield to time his rate of fire to create a lateral spread which would assist in observing any enemy still in their positions.  In conjunction with the illumination rounds, SSG Dodd coordinated with the platoon leader in order to combine conventional illumination with the advanced optics that the platoon possessed to pick up any dead space and observe any enemy infiltration or exfiltraion routes.  With only the visual observations and situation reports from the platoon leader, SSG Dodd made corrections with the mortars without the use of an FDC or calculations.  Due to his experience, leadership, and calm under fire, SSG Dodd was able to effectively isolate the enemy from their primary exfiltration route and disrupt their ability to place effective fires on US forces.

FOR GALLANTRY IN ACTION WHILE SERVING AS AN INFANTRY RIFLE SQUAD LEADER, IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.   STAFF SERGEANT DODD’S UNCOMMON VALOR AND DISREGARD FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL SAFETY WAS A PIVOTAL FACTOR IN THE DEFENSE AGAINST THE ENEMY.  STAFF SERGEANT DODD STOOD HIS GROUND AND FOUGHT THE ENEMY SAVING THE LIVES OF HIS COMRADES.  HIS ACTIONS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, TASK FORCE GLADIUS, COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE 82, AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.

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