Brig. Gen. Christopher P. Hughes presents the Bronze Star Medal to Spec. Jason Ortega
for his actions in Afghanistan from September 2013 - February 2014. Most notably, on Feb. 24, 2014, SPC Ortega and military working dog ,Jill, were part of an element assisting in the search of compounds in Nani Village. They were ambushed with small arms fire by insurgent forces. Spec. Ortega pinned Jill behind cover to keep her safe. He saw that the EOD technician who had been clearing the area with him was wounded and exposed. Spec. Ortega left his cover to recover his fellow warrior and drag him to safety. That is when Spec. Ortega realized he was wounded and he, along with Jill, were evacuated for care.