September 18, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 35-year-old Nevada Army National Guardsman has been awarded a Purple Heart after he was injured by enemy fire in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Anderson Munoz of Dayton was clearing a shooting range at Forward Operating Base Shank in eastern Afghanistan when they came under attack in November 2011. He suffered a concussion and a ruptured ear drum when an enemy rocket landed less than yards away.
Munoz was with an agribusiness and development team training Afghan citizens how to better grow and store crops. Among other things, they helped local farmers build greenhouses and underground storage tanks.
Brig. Gen. Bill Burks, adjutant general of the Nevada National Guard, presented the Purple Heart to Munoz in Reno on Saturday. He's the 50th Nevada Guardsman to receive one since Sept. 11, 2001.
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