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Lance Corporal Seth E. Hill, a Carrollton native, has received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for professional achievement in the superior performance while serving as a specialized search dog handler, Military Working Dog Platoon, I Marine Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Hill served in the unit from Dec. 1, 2011, to June 20.
“Lance Corporal Hill displayed superior performance and his leadership, dedication, and willingness to accept all challenges were an invaluable asset,” according to the military’s summary of action report. “The actions of Lance Corporal Hill and his MWD were instrumental in enabling coalition forces to conduct offensive combat operations and stability and support operations in Regional Command Southwest.”
While attached to the
1/8 and the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Hill quickly made a name for himself as a subject matter expert, according to the summary. Hill personally conducted numerous capabilities and limitations briefs at every level of command, to educate the teams and to ensure proper utilization. In doing so, the summary states the he proved his ability to efficiently operate at a level much higher than his rank.
“Lance Corporal Hill displayed an unwavering commitment to the safety of the Marines and Coalition forces of ... by placing himself at the front of all patrols, where the threat of IEDs is the highest,” the summary states. “Lance Corporal Hill willingly risked his life to protect the lives of those he led.”
He saved countless lives and performed in an exemplary manner by conducting more than 57 combat operations, accumulating more than 450 hours of time spent outside the wire conducting explosive sweeps.
The summary states that his speciality was demonstrated March 27 while conducting clearing operations with 1/8 in the Nowad Bazar where they were clearing roadways. Hill alerted the squad leader of a possible IED; EOD was immediately dispatched and upon further exploitation, two other directional fragmentation charges were located.
The summary of the commendation states that his dedication has proven to be a crucial and most effective asset to Regional Command Southwest mission. “Lance Corporal Hill has established himself as an expert in his military occupational specialty,” the summary states. “Through his rigorous work ethic and personal commitment to excellence, Lance Corporal Hill was a credit to his military occupational specialty, unit, and the Marine Corps.”
Hill is currently at the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton in California. He arrived back from the seven month deployment in Afganistan June 28.