Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. --
Marine Air Support Squadron 1 honored a Marine with the Purple Heart medal for his actions in Afghanistan during a ceremony outside of its headquarters building July 16.
“Lance Cpl. Jason Huber has been honored with this award for his actions under the attack of enemy insurgents,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Harold S. Rucker, acting squadron sergeant major for MASS-1. “He sustained injuries to his right side, but he made sure the injured Marines around him were taken care of before he received treatment.”
Huber said it is the training a Marine receives in boot camp and Marine combat training that kept him and his fellow Marines alive.
“Huber demonstrated everything that a Marine is supposed to be,” said Lt. Col. Bruce Sizemore, commanding officer of MASS-1. “He is an excellent example of the men in women in our nation’s armed service.”
According to Rucker, he is proud of Huber and feels he truly earned the award.
“I am very proud of him,” said Rucker. “He not only helped defend a developing base in Afghanistan, but he didn’t freak out about his injuries. Instead he stuck to his training and helped the others."
Rucker said to add to Huber’s already amazing story, he chose not to come home to heal like a lot of people do when injured.
“Those Marines I served with in Afghanistan are like a second family to me,” said Huber. “It was for that reason that instead of coming home to heal I stayed back and continued to fight on the front lines alongside my brothers and sisters in arms.”
Huber said the Marine Corps is one big family, and Marines look out for each other and make sure everyone comes home.
“It is a great honor to have been presented this award,” said Huber. “This is secondary to the honor of serving with the Marines I served with in Afghanistan. I’m in good health now, and I am really glad everyone made it home safe.”