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On June 9, 2012, Corporal Javier Martínez, a member of the Apollo Task Force, had gotten up, as usual, at four oclock in the morning to begin his daily work. For him, that is the time when his routine as a Colombian Soldier begins.
That day, as her mother had taught him, he prayed to thank God for the blessings he had received and to offer his work in thanks giving.
It was a normal Saturday; however, by ten oclock in the morning, he received a radio call and went to receive orders. His company would have to go on a security support operation by the highway to Caloto municipality. There was a suspicious vehicle parked on the way and they would be in charge to protect the EXDE Team of the Unit.
It was about 15 minutes from the time of the call to the time of departure to the site of the mission. Corporal Martinez remembers: On the helicopter, everything was silent; everybody was concentrated on something that would be normal, but delicate: we had to protect the EXDE Team.
We arrived at the highway. We began the operation. A few minutes later, the EXDE Team would go into the area. We were in our positions. The EXDE Team was about a kilometer away from the target. Suddenly, we saw one the explosive experts fell down, and we were attacked from the top of the mountain.
Our goal was to protect the EXDE Team and nothing could stop us to accomplish our mission. All of us were shooting without knowing if we were hitting the bandits.
In just a second, I focused my attention on the top of a tree where something was flashing. I saw a terrorist sniper aiming his arm to the EXDE Team.
Without a doubt, I aimed my rifle to the tree and shot as I saw the terrorist falling down. The combat lasted for 40 minutes. We had to make all our efforts to repel the attack. The EXDE Team could destroy the vehicle. Our combat nurse said that the sniper was alive, which was a real miracle after such a fall.
When I aimed my gun to the terrorist, my only purpose was to neutralize him. Being injured, he received medical assistance from our combat nurse. Then, he was taken to the battalion and delivered to competent authorities.