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By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer
Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson will receive the nation’s second highest valor award on Tuesday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., for bravery he exhibited during a five-hour firefight in Afghanistan.
On May 28, 2012, Jibson, an infantry adviser with the Georgian Liason Team, Regimental Combat Team 6, was patrolling a village, Mazr Abad Janubi, with 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 23rd Georgian Battalion, and partnered Afghan National Security Forces. A group of Marine explosive ordnance disposal technicians disarming a bomb nearby came under enemy small-arms fire.