Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presented the Air Force Cross—the service’s second highest award for valor in combat—to SSgt. Robert Gutierrez for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in October 2009, during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 27, 2011. Gutierrez suffered a bullet wound, two collapsed lungs, and a busted ear drum, but still managed to successfully call in multiple "danger close" air strikes against a determined insurgent force. Here, Gutierrez (left) poses with Army Sgt. 1st Class Mike Jones, 7th Special Forces Group medic, who saved Gutierrez's life twice during that 2009 mission.
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