1 Sgt. Branden R. Coughlin is a native of Denver, Colorado. He entered the United States Army in 2001 and completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He completed Healthcare Specialist Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
His assignments include: Senior Line Medic, 1-4 Infantry Regiment (OPFOR), Hohenfels, Germany; EMT Medical Sergeant, 126 Forward Surgical Team, Fort Hood, Texas; Flight Medic, 507th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Hood; Air Ambulance NCO/Flight Instructor, Charlie Company 2-4 General Support Aviation Battalion, Fort Hood; Medical Platoon Sergeant, 4th Ranger Training Battalion (RTB), Fort Benning, Georgia; Demonstrator, Command Exhibition Parachute Team (Silver Wings), Fort Benning; Platoon Sergeant/Flight Instructor, Charlie Company, 7-101 General Support Aviation Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Demonstrator, 101St Airborne Division Parachute Team, Fort Campbell; NCOIC, Medical Evacuation Proponency Division, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Coughlin deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Coughlin’s military education includes: the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder course, Fight Medic Course, NATO Patrol Medical Course, Army Trauma Training Course, NBC Defense Course, Capabilities Developer Course, Common Faculty Development Instructor Course, and Critical Care Flight Paramedic Course.
Coughlin’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with Numeral 3, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with four Bronze Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 4, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Citation,. He has earned the Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Combat Medic Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Basic and Senior Air Crewmember Badges, Parachute Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Australian Parachute Badge, German Schutzenschnur, and six overseas service bars. He is a recipient of the Army Aviation Association of America Flight Medic of the Year Award, the Order of Saint Michael and the Order of Military Medical Merit.
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