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1stSgt Kevin Oxner

History in the USMC
First Sergeant Kevin S. Oxner joined the Marine Corps in June 1988, after graduating from Sam Houston High School. After recruit training, he attended the School of Infantry and earned the military occupational specialty of infantry. His first assignment was at the Marine Barracks 8th & I. In 2006, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

1stSgt. Oxner was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” in lieu of second award for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on April 8, 2006. During that day’s operations, 1stSgt Oxner led a quick reaction force against a numerically superior enemy unit to reinforce an embattled Iraqi Army Outpost which was in danger of being overrun. Proceeding towards the post, 1stSgt. Oxner encountered a tire obstacle on fire.

Immediately, he rammed his vehicle through the obstacle in order to clear a lane. The Marines then came under intense small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire, during which 1stSgt. Oxner led his Marines from position to position as they cleared buildings of snipers. He subsequently organized a counterattack force that caused the enemy to break contact and flee.

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