Local Marine earns medal for combat act


Lance Cpl. Riley Ochs. Photo provided.

The United States Marine Corps' Lance Corporal Riley Ochs, of Huntington, has received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing V for Valor for actions in Afghanistan.

The Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V Device citation gives this account of his actions:

On Feb. 24, 2012, Ochs was operating with his Scout Sniper team on a clandestine mission, when he came under a high volume of accurate fire.

The citation says as rounds impacted his position, Ochs immediately unmasked from cover and provided accurate suppressive fire, allowing his team to seek positions and return fire.

Throughout the entire engagement his calm, controlled demeanor allowed him to pass accurate situational reports to his team leader and higher headquarters, according to the citation.

During the firefight he continually exposed himself to accurate enemy fire in order to return fire, keep all communication assets functioning and provide succinct descriptions of enemy action. After the fighting progressed for nearly two and a half hours, Ochs' expertise led to the cease of all enemy firing, according to citation.

Ochs is currently on his second deployment in support of combat operations in Afghanistan.

He is the son of Elizabeth Ochs, of Huntington, and the late Major Steven Ochs.

His wife, Talea Hughes Ochs, is a resident of Camp LeJeune, NC.