Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #17
Inaugural American Eagle Award and Pre-Race Reunion Information: The inaugural American Eagle Award was presented to America's military families as part of the Coca-Cola 600 pre-race festivities.
Richard, Kyle and Samuel Bauerlein, of Ventura, Calif., were present to receive the award for the actions of family member Staff Sergeant Rashe Ryan Hall. Hall, a member of the 27th Engineer Battalion with the United States Army, is stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., after serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been honored with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and multiple medals and ribbons.
On August 21, 2006, despite suffering burns from a rocket-propelled grenade during an ambush in Afghanistan, SSG Hall refused medical treatment, assisted a medic in treating others and charged up a hill to break up the ambush. SSG Hall was awarded both the Silver Star for gallantry and a Purple Heart for his actions.
After receiving the award, Staff Sergeant Hall's family remained on the frontstretch for the remainder of the pre-race show. Immediately following the national anthem, the Bauerleins were taken to the start/finish line; to their surprise, the pre-race stage pulled away to reveal SSG Hall waiting in the middle of the Coca-Cola 600 infield logo - reuniting them for the first time since he was released from Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
City of Concord Mayor Scott Padgett introduced Concord City Council member Dr. Hector Henry, a colonel in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps, who spoke of his 25 years as an elected official in the community and 33 years of military service.