In this episode of The Spear, MWI’s podcast about the combat experience, Capt. Jake Miraldi talks to Maj. Nick Eslinger. In October 2008, Eslinger was a lieutenant on his first deployment as a platoon leader in Iraq. While on short halt during a patrol one day, he turned his head just in time to see an incoming grenade. He only had time to react reflexively, and what he did likely saved his life and those of his soldiers.

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Image credit: Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey, US Air Force