Craig Warfle

Specialist Craig Warfle, US Army

Distinguished Service Cross — Awarded for Actions During the Global War on Terror

By direction of the President, under the provisions of an Act of Congress approved 9 July 1918, and amended 25 July 1963, the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action is awarded to Specialist Craig D. Warfle, who distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with a Joint Task Force, during combat operations against an armed enemy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 18 August, 2010 to 19 August, 2010. During this period , Specialist Warfle with total  disregard for his own personal safety, maneuvered on a fortified enemy machine gun position through effective enemy fire. Even after being wounded, Specialist Warfle continued to suppress the enemy with high volumes of effective fire in order to … Read more »

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Bradley A. Kasal

1st Sgt. Bradley A. Kasal, USMC

Navy Cross– For Actions During Operation Iraqi Freedom

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to 1st Sgt. Bradley A. Kasal \for extraordinary heroism while serving as First Sergeant, Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 13 November 2004. First Sergeant Kasal was assisting 1st Section, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon as they provided a traveling over watch for 3d Platoon when he heard a large volume of fire erupt to his immediate front, shortly followed by Marines rapidly exiting a structure. When First Sergeant Kasal learned that Marines were pinned down inside the house by an unknown number of enemy personnel, he joined a squad making entry to clear the structure and rescue the Marines Read more »

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Thomas Cogan

Second Lt. Thomas Cogan, USMC

Silver Star — Awarded for Actions During the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant Thomas E. Cogan, IV, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, Third Platoon, Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 6 to 10 April 2004. Second Lieutenant Cogan’s initiative, valor, and forceful leadership while under fire from fortified positions was instrumental in accomplishing the Company’s mission. On 6 April 2004, Second Platoon was ambushed by enemy forces while moving to reinforce a heavily engaged unit. With total disregard for his own personal safety, Second Lieutenant Cogan led his platoon across a fire-swept field … Read more »

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Zachary J. Rhyner

Senior Airman Zachary J. Rhyner, USAF

Air Force Cross, For Actions During the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Senior Airman Zachary J. Rhyner, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States while serving with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, at Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on 6 April 2008. On that date, while assigned as Special Tactics Combat Controller, Airman Rhyner executed a day rotary-wing infiltration with his Special Forces team to capture high-value insurgents in a village on the surrounding mountains. While climbing near vertical terrain to reach their objective, the team was attacked in a well-coordinated and deadly ambush. Devastating sniper, machine gun, and rocket-propelled grenade fire poured down on the team from elevated and … Read more »

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Stephen J. Boada

1ST Lt. Stephen J. Boada, USMC
Silver Star – For Actions During Operation Enduring Freedom

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen J. Boada, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Forward Observer and Forward Air Controller, Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Combined Joint Task Force-76 and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 5 to 9 May 2005. While operating near Shatagal Village, First Lieutenant Boada’s platoon received intelligence that Al Qaeda and Associate Movement fighters were setting up an ambush position from which to attack the platoon upon their departure from Shatagal. Despite the barrage of intense enemy fire, he calmly directed the tactical employment of the unit and directed fires from an A-10 aircraft onto enemy positions. During the ensuing … Read more »

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