THE MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION IS AWARDED TO Corporal Raymond Van Alstine First Sergeant Petey Claxton Corporal Brian Decker Corporal Riann Wesson Specialist Derek Budd Specialist Dean Drake Specialist Bill West Private First Class Aaron Savage For Extraordinary acts of valor while under direct enemy fire while serving as an infantryman in the 7th Cavalry Regiment during combat operations against hostile forces near Laskar Valley on 07/1/2020. Under direct and constant assault by a live enemy force, ALPHA Squad successfully defended Tizak for 15 minutes, eliminating countless enemy combatants in the process. For the entire duration of the operation, these troopers went above and beyond the call of duty, showing incredible courage under fire, devotion to duty, and selfless sacrifice for his brothers in arms. The personal skill, heroism, and bravery of these troopers proved critical to the success of the mission and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the 7th Cavalry Regiment. Congratulations!