Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik, a Ranger with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star today for his actions during a 2010 raid in Afghanistan.
It been a long time coming for this award, said platoon Sgt. 1st Class Chad Willcox, who was about 10 feet from Kubik when he was fatally shot April 23, 2010 in Logar Province. You see so many people do so many incredible things, night after night that rarely do we take the time to recognize them for what they have done.
Kubik, 21, and seven other Rangers were recognized for actions in Afghanistan during a ceremony at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Maj. Gen. Scott Miller also handed out three Bronze Stars with Valor, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor and three Purple Hearts. The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to any person serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Many of the awards were for combat actions the Ranger Battalion conducted between Oct. 12, 2012 and Feb. 5.