Life-Saving Protective Gear Returned to Fort Carson Soldiers

FortCarsonFORT BELVOIR, Va. — Two Soldiers who nearly lost their lives in Afghanistan, one due to a close call with an 82mm round, and one due to a sizable IED explosion, were recently reunited with the body armor credited with saving their lives.

Sgt. Aaron Herbst and Sgt. Christopher Thompson are both now stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. During two separate ceremonies last week at the installation, Program Executive Office, also known as PEO, Soldier, returned to them the protective gear that kept them alive.

On Oct. 15, Master Sgt. Corey Ingram, senior enlisted adviser for Product Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, part of PEO Soldier, returned to Herbst the Enhanced Side Ballistic Insert that saved his life in theater.

Herbst experienced his brush with death, May 18, 2011, in Afghanistan. It was then when an 82mm anti-tank round barely missed him and slammed into a mud brick building roughly 10 feet away from where he stood. Read More