Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.49 - 27 February 2014
Romanian Soldier “Hero of the Day" in Afghanistan
Minister of National Defence, Mircea Dușa, awarded the Emblem of Honor of the Romanian Armed Forces, with war insignia, to Corporal Văduva Ionuț Adrian of the Romanian company deployed to Kandahar Airport.
During a patrol mission in the neighboring area of Kandahar Airport, Corporal Văduva identified a suspicious looking object, which proved later to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) of the last generation. Measures were taken for its neutralization.
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Corporal Ionuț Adrian Văduva is 29, not married and a career military man since 2005. On 1 December 2013, he began his fourth mission in Afghanistan.
The soldier has been decorated before, with medal "Bărbăție și Credință" ("Valour and Faith") by the President of Romania, in 2009, for countering an insurgent attack and the first aid provided for his comrades injured during the same attack in Afghanistan.