Major Darryl G. Hammonds, son of Frank and Joann Brooks of Big Spring, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in February and received the award in April.
Hammonds has been a Big Spring resident since the age of 9 and has been stationed at Quantico, Virg. for the past year and a half. He entered into the United States Marine Corp Feb. 13, 1990 and has served four combat tours in Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan, which earned him the Bronze Star.
Major Hammonds was recognized with the Bronze Star for his sustained superior performance in connection with combat operations involving conflict with an opposing force while serving as Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Afghanistan and Regimental Combat Team-3, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 22, 2009 to Oct. 15, 2009.
While working in tandem with the Fire Support Coordinators of the RCT's maneuver battalions, he developed a lethal, focused and integrated fire plan. Major Hammonds' plan facilitated the RCT's ability to conduct the largest helicopter born insertion since the Vietnam War. Through his tremendous efforts, he successfully ensured the RCT's ability to fully conduct combined-arms operations and create the effects required to resoundingly and rapidly destroy the determined enemy forces defending the Helmand River Valley.
Major Hammonds was described as consistently demonstrating superior leadership and tactical expertise. He developed 14 separate targeting packages, executed seven artillery rocket missions destroying a total of 12 targets and fired 47 cannon artillery missions destroying numerous enemy forces in accordance with theater rules of engagement and appropriate directives. His total effectiveness, forceful leadership and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.