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Towards the sounds of chaos: CID Marine awarded Jim Kallstrom Award for bravery for her actions during 2021 Kabul airport attack

A massive blast shakes the ground as the Marines arrive at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Chaos erupts before their eyes as they attempt to approach the airport gate. Vehicles shake and people scream and run in terror as Marine Sgt. Leilana TupuaRodriguez tries to orient herself to figure out what is going on…
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Leilana TupuaRodriguez, a criminal investigator with Criminal Investigation Division, Provost Marshal’s Office, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) poses for a photo with the Jim Kallstrom Award for bravery presented at the Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 29, 2022. TupuaRodriguez, a native of Bremerton, Washington, received the award for her bravery while deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, supporting evacuations during the bombing in Kabul that took the life of 13 service members in August of 2021.

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Author: Lance Cpl. Luis Aguilar

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