Arizona National Guard soldier to receive Purple Heart

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Sgt. First Class Jasen Barcklay By Christina O'Haver Sgt. First Class Jasen Barcklay By Christina O'Haver
Sgt. First Class Jasen Barcklay By Christina O'Haver Sgt. First Class Jasen Barcklay By Christina O'Haver
Sgt. First Class Jasen Barcklay in December 2005 By Christina O'Haver Sgt. First Class Jasen Barcklay in December 2005 By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A soldier with the Arizona Army National Guard will receive a Purple Heart at a ceremony on Sunday.

Sgt. First Class Jasen Barcklay was wounded during a mounted patrol on Sept. 2, 2005 while serving as a team leader for the 860th Military Police Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Barcklay was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated about 30 feet from his Humvee.

Barcklay, then a corporal, had just departed the Abu Ghraib Iraq Police Station to conduct a patrol.

The explosion was followed by an ambush consisting of small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire from insurgents. Barcklay's squad returned fire and was able to suppress the enemy attack and secure the area.

The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Papago Park Military Reservation.