Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Kentucky Army National Guard Soldier Receives Distinguished Service Cross

Press Release Date:  Saturday, February 17, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Col. Phil Miller

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein received the Distinguished Service Cross, an award second only to the Medal of Honor, during a ceremony today at the National Guard Association of Kentucky conference in Lexington. The award was given to Staff Sgt. Nein for his extraordinary heroism in action during an ambush that took place almost two years ago in Iraq.

In the presence of more than 800 of his peers, Nein was presented the Distinguished Service Cross by Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, while Governor Ernie Fletcher and Maj. Gen. Donald C. Storm, the Adjutant General of Kentucky, stood by Nein's side.

“While the name of Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein is already in the history books, his actions as a leader and as a soldier typify the warrior spirit of all of our troops,” said Governor Fletcher. “I’m honored to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Kentucky National Guard because I know I have soldiers and airmen like Staff Sgt. Nein to answer the call of duty."

Nein originally received the Silver Star Medal – along with Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and Sgt. Jason Mike – for his actions in Iraq on March 20, 2005, during the Battle of Salman Pak but was upgraded after its final review.

Assigned to the Kentucky Guard's 617th Military Police Company, Nein and his squad, “Raven 42,” successfully disrupted an ambush on a coalition convoy by an estimated force of 50 enemy insurgents. 

Nein is only the fifth U.S. Army soldier, and first guardsman, to receive the Distinguished Service Cross in the Global War on Terror. He also is the first Kentucky National Guard soldier to receive the medal since World War II.