U.S. Army Human Resources Command announces the retirement of the only Adjutant General Warrant Officer to receive a Valor award (as an AG WO) during the Global War on Terrorism. CW3 (CW2 at the time) Kevin Perry was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and a Purple Heart during a complex base attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on 7 August 2015. He was assigned to the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan / NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan at the time.
CW3 Perry exercised every aspect of what it means to be a Soldier for the night he was awarded the medal. He was able to remain calm and make contact to his higher command and provide a situation report (SITREP); provide casualty support during a real world MASCAL; evacuate injured personnel through a hot helicopter landing zone; seek out, engage, and destroy the enemy; gain accountability of personnel after the attack and provide casualty reporting (even as one).
Summary of the award narrative follows: CW2 Kevin L. Perry heroically distinguished himself in the face of the enemies of the United States of America with exceptionally valorous conduct as a Human Resources Warrant Officer while assigned to the NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan / Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan, during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in support of the Resolute Support Mission.
On 7 August 2015, Camp Integrity underwent a complex attack consisting of a vehicle borne improvised explosive device, suicide vest improvised explosive device, and multiple insurgents armed with AK-47s, grenades, and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). After the initial blast knocked out all the power and communications in the admin building, CW2 Perry immediately took control to set up communications. After failing to reach the SOJTF-A Joint Operations Center (JOC), he made contacted with Task Force 3-10 and provided a SITREP, which alerted the quick reaction force to the base. CW2 Perry stayed on the phone relaying critical information until the Chief of Staff arrived on scene.
He then returned to the hallway were multiple casualties were brought in. He assisted with the preparation of the casualties and the 9-line MEDEVAC. While insurgents were still in the camp, CW2 Perry made multiple trips to the helicopter landing zone in order to get the seriously injured patients MEDEVAC’d out and to higher level care. After delivering the patients to the MEDEVAC, he then linked up with the Deputy Commander and volunteered to lead a clear team in order to clear the rest of Camp Integrity of impending threats.
CW2 Perry personally led a three-man team, which cleared the base from Tower 4 towards Entry Control Point 1, the location of the last known insurgents. CW2 Perry and his team were continuously exposed as they executed clearing operations. He disregarded his own safety the entire time as he sought out the enemy with the use of a white light.
As the team cleared Tower 8, CW2 Perry progressed forward and kneeled down to clear under a vehicle, he noticed an insurgent waiting behind a truck in front of him. He yelled out to his team and they opened fire on the enemy. During the fight, the only means of light was lost, and he became pinned down in the dark. With virtually no cover and shrapnel in his calve he exposed himself multiple times in order to maintain fire at the insurgent’s muzzle flashes. After the firing from the insurgent stopped, and realizing that he and his team were still within grenade range, he bounded back to his team and then subsequently back to a secondary position where they could continue to provide over watch of the area.
The team was able to link up with two Soldiers who had night vision goggles. The last know location was conveyed to this team. He then provided over watch while the follow-on team then closed in on and eliminated the enemy. CW2 Perry continuously disregarded his own life in order to save the lives of his fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. He numerously exposed himself while utilizing white lights to seek out the enemy. Because of his deliberate and effective actions, he was responsible for one enemy killed in action. The decisive-thinking, selflessness, and courage demonstrated by CW2 Perry throughout the attack unequivocally prevented additional Afghan and U.S. casualties.
CW3 Perry is set to retire in October 2019 with over 21 years of service.
About CW3 Kevin Perry. CW3 Perry is currently assigned to the IPPS-A Integration Team, Field Services Division, Functional Management Office of The Adjutant General Directorate (TAGD), U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY. He is from Ceres, California and graduated from Ceres High School. He also attended college at Central Texas College, Killen, Texas and Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington. Upon his retirement later this year, CW3 Perry plans on working with Veterans who need help with VA resources and benefits and also intends to work with non-profit organizations who reach out to wounded warriors.