By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
03 MAY 2012
Staff Sgt. Hipolito Ramos, a biological research assistant from the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Institute (ISR) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was selected as one of the 2012 Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield to accept the award on behalf of his fellow medics for their dedication and commitment to service.
The 6th annual event on March 14 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. was held to recognize Corpsmen, Medics and Pararescuemen from the Army, Army Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Guard and Air National Guard who administer life-saving medical treatment to warriors on the front lines.
“I am humbled and honored,” said Ramos who was selected by the U.S. Army Medical Command to represent the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at the annual gala. “Sometimes when you do your job and you do it without expecting anything from it then good things come your way.”
The 11-year Army veteran has been at the ISR for the past six years and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as a member of the Joint Combat Casualty Research Team. During the deployment, Ramos served as the detachment sergeant in charge of logistics, shipping samples back to the states, writing standard operating procedures, and assisted in a study on effects of muscle supplements on a deployed setting.
“I’ve been told that I am top-notch, but I don’t see it,” he said. “I just do my job. I do what I do to get the mission done and to help my unit and Soldier.”