CAMP DOUGLAS (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin National Guard member received the Silver Star Friday, the third highest military decoration for valor.
First Sergeant Gregory Fulton earned recognition for leading a unit that helped Afghan forces under fire from insurgents in August of 2009.
Fulton shares the credit with his unit.
He's so humble that family members didn't know exactly why he received the medal until the ceremony.
"We're a team," says Fulton. "The majority of the military, it's a team event. You have to rely on others."
His wife Sandra says, "He'd rather focus on his unit. He just doesn't like a lot of attention on himself so we'll just be proud for him."
Fulton is the first Wisconsin National Guard member to receive the honor since World War Two.
CAMP DOUGLAS (WKOW) – A soldier from northern Wisconsin will be the first member of the state's Army National Guard to be awarded a Silver Star Medal.
Other soldiers from Wisconsin have won, but 1st Sgt. Gregory Fulton of Arbor Vitae is the first member of the National Guard to win the medal.
Fulton will receive his medal during a formal ceremony on Friday at Volk Field in Camp Douglas for his actions in 2009 when he helped members of the Afghan National Army clear a building filled with insurgents.
The Silver Star Medal is the third-highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to a member of the U.S. military. It's awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.