http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/02/ATupgraded070211/ Kentucky, guardsman will get DSC for ambush actions By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer Posted : Monday Feb 12, 2007 6:23:29 EST A soldier who was awarded the Silver Star in Iraq almost two years ago will be honored for his actions again on Feb. 17, only this time the recognition will be upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross, the Armyâs second-highest award for valor in combat. Only four other soldiers have received this award since operations began in Afghanistan and Iraq. Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein will become the first Kentucky National Guard soldier to receive the award since World War II, officials said. Nein, a squad leader in 617th Military Police Company, was one of a team of MPs on patrol south of Baghdad on March 20, 2005, when they saw a convoy being ambushed. Nein and two other soldiers, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester and then-Spc. Jason Mike, were awarded Silver Stars for their actions in crushing the ambush, killing 27 enemy fighters and uncovering a cache of weapons, ammunition, vehicles and other items the insurgents had. Hester became the only female to receive the Silver Star since World War II and on Feb. 3 was honored at the Army Womenâs Museum at Fort Lee, Va., in an exhibit recognizing the contributions of female soldiers in military operations since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The exhibit features a diorama of a Humvee with Hester and Nein standing at the front directing soldiers during the ambush. Also featured are photos of each soldier involved in the battle of Salman Pak, where the ambush took place, and replicas of the awards they received. The Distinguished Service Cross will be presented to Nein during the annual conference of the National Guard Association of Kentucky in Lexington.