When the Marine Corps gives him the following commendation.
Superior performance of his duties while serving as platoon scout team leader, company C, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, on 17 April, in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. While acting as part of a mounted patrol in the city of Tikrit, Sergeant Hazell's vehicle came under small arms fire from a nearby building. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Hazell immediately dismounted from the vehicle in order to provide local security for his vehicle commander. After coordinating with the other platoon scouts, Sergeant Hazell lead his scout team across 500 meters of open terrain in an urban area at night to engage the building from which they had taken fire. Sergeant Hazell's team moved swiftly and tactically under his leadership and reduced the enemy threat. Sergeant Hazell's timely and fearless actions reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.
"With complete disregard for his own personal safety." That's the line that just sort of makes my eyes pop and keeps me praying that November will come sooner than possible. In November, my brother's enlistment is up. I just hope they can't whisk him away to Liberia before then.
But all selfish sisterly concerns for my brother's hide aside, I gotta say how proud I am of him. He's done so well in the Marines. It's nice to see him finally get the credit and praise he's always deserved but never was inclined to get in school. Way to go, Baby Bro.