The Casper, Wyo., native was kneeling on the roof of the one-story outpost, looking for targets.His helmet and his night-vision equipment stopped the bullet, leaving him only with a small red lump above his eye.
He was reaching back to his left for his rifle when the sniper's round slammed into his helmet.
The impact knocked him onto his back.
While he was in the aid station, a grenade exploded on top of his position. (His partner survived that blast.)
He was back at his post a few minutes later.