Capt. John E. Nobles III receives the Bronze Star with combat "V" from Col. Matthew G. St. Clair, commanding officer of the 26th MEU, on Feb. 16 for selfless acts of valor while deployed in the Helmand river valley of upper Sangin district, Afghanistan, from January to June 2011. Nobles is now a force reconnaissance platoon commander with the 26th MEU. (Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone / Marine Corps)
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A captain with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit received a Bronze Star with combat "V" device while at sea aboard the amphibious assault ship Kearsarge on Feb. 16, the unit reported.
Capt. John E. Nobles III, a Force Reconnaissance platoon commander with the 26th MEU, was recognized for his courage and leadership while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.
Nobles was then commander of 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. During the course of the deployment within the Helmand river valley in upper Sangin district from January to June, Nobles repeatedly exposed himself to accurate and sustained enemy fire in order to better lead and coordinate the efforts of his troops as they fired upon the enemy, according to his citation. He showed "aggressive leadership" and "exceptional proficiency" in the course of executing his duties during the deployment.
Nobles told a Marine combat correspondent from the 26th MEU that his unit's policy of not backing down in the face of enemy attacks made the area of operations safer for a unit they moved in to support, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Casualties went down 68 percent for 3/5 after his unit arrived, Nobles said.
"Once we felt like we worked one area enough, we pushed on to a different sector," he said, according to the press release.
"It always feels good helping out your fellow Marines."
The Kearsarge was at sea for the 26th MEU's Composite Training Exercise, the last element of the unit's six-month pre-deployment training workup. The MEU will deploy later this spring.
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