On January 16, Rambo, an Afghan security guard, and and interpreter were on duty outside the main gate of Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan. A vehicle crashed into the front barrier. It was clear to Rambo that the driver was attempting to initiate a suicide bomb. Without thinking of his own safety, Rambo physically forced the driver from the vehicle, preventing him from detonating the device. Throughout the incident, the interpreter remained at his post, giving commands to the driver and helping confirm that there was a bomb in the vehicle.
On January 24, Rambo and the interpreter who prevented the attack on Camp Phoenix earlier in the month were honored by General David Richards, COMISAF (Commander of International Security Assistance Force). They were each presented with a framed certificate, and ISAF Coin and a gift for their families. A citation was given to each of the men, commending them on their bravery and outstanding steadfastness.
Gen Richards to Rambo: "Rambo, we are in awe of your great courage and we salute you here today." To the interpreter: "You were every bit as brave as Rambo. You could have left your post, but you demonstrated the great Afghan quality of courage."
I am proud that Afghanistan has fine citizens who want to make their country strong and free. Congratulations to Rambo and the interpreter!
Task Force Phoenix 5 has a follow-up well worth reading.