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Special Forces soldier Staff Sgt. Brian Guzman wins Medical Sergeant of the year

A simple hero

Staff Sgt. Brian Guzman, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), was honored with the Army’s Special Forces Medic of the Year Award.

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Here's one hero who believes in the power of simplicity.

"If I keep things simple in a panic situation, the answers come," Staff Sgt. Brian Guzman said during a telephone interview on Monday afternoon.

"I am calm; people understand simplicity."

Assigned to 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Guzman was recognized as the Army's Special Forces Medical Sergeant of the Year.

An annual award, it recognizes one medic serving within the Special Forces community for sustained superior performance of duty. 

Recipients are considered not only for their performance in garrison but also for exemplary performance while serving in combat.

In a press release, Army officials said that Guzman is the complete Green Beret who can operate in any environment and seamlessly transition between warrior and humanitarian.

Guzman's simplicity in meeting the mission shines brightly.

Growing up in Alexandria, Va., Guzman joined the Army in 1997.  After the Pentagon attack on Sept. 11, 2011, he helped to treat the injured.

Selected in 2007 to attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2010 as an 18D, or combat medic.

During a recent deployment to Afghanistan, Guzman's conduct during more than 250 combat operations in the Tagaw and Khod Valleys highlighted his bravery and intelligence.

In one instance, he pulled an Afghan soldier from a burning vehicle and provided life saving treatment to the patient.  In another instance, Guzman risked his life to save the lives of two fellow Soldiers.

In both of these actions, Guzman exposed himself to enemy fire. In one of the engagements, he was wounded.

For his actions, he received his fourth Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal with "V" device during Monday's ceremony.

"Everyone out there with you is a your family," Guzman said.  "It's the family you have, and you work hard to bring your brothers and sisters home."

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