Keary Miller

Master Sgt. Keary Miller, U.S. Air Force
Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

On March 4, 2002, then-Tech. Sgt. Miller led a combat search and rescue team to find two service members who were trying to evade al-Qaida and Taliban forces near Marzak, Afghanistan.

Before the MH-47 Chinook special operations helicopter on which he was riding could land, the enemy unleashed rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, causing the aircraft to crash land, according to Miller’s Air Force Cross citation.

Three of the team members died and five were critically injured in the crash. Miller trudged through deep snow and crossed open danger areas on the battlefield to aid the wounded troops.

He then removed M203 grenade launcher and 5.56 rounds from the deceased and moved through RPG, mortar and small-arms fire to distribute the ammunition to troops who needed it.

After another attack erupted, killing … Read more »

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Britt Slabinski

Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Britt Slabinski, U. S. Navy
Navy Cross Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Britt Slabinski, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Sniper Element Leader in Sea-Air-Land Team EIGHT (SEAL-8), for a joint special operations unit conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation ANACONDA, Sahi-Kot Valley, Afghanistan on 3 and 4 March 2002, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On the evening of 3 March, Senior Chief Petty Officer Slabinski led his seven-man reconnaissance team onto the snow-covered, 10,000 foot mountaintop known as Takur Ghar, to establish a combat overwatch position in support of U.S. Army forces advancing against the enemy on the valley floor. As their helicopter hovered over the mountain it was met by unrelenting rocket propelled … Read more »

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Eric B. Walker

Sergeant Eric B. Walker, 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 Sergeant Eric B. Walker, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Combat Advisor, Marine Special Operations Team 8212, Marine Special Operations Company F, Second Marine Special Operations Battalion, United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 6 November 2009. While supporting a personal recovery mission in Bala Morghab, Afghanistan, Sergeant Walker exposed himself to automatic weapons fire on multiple occasions as his element secured a foothold for the rest of the assault force. When two Americans on a rooftop were severely wounded by an enemy sniper, Sergeant Walker recognized the vulnerabilities of these casualties as they laid on the rooftop exposed … Read more »

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Seth E. Howard

Staff Sergeant, Seth E. Howard, U.S. Army
Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Seth E. Howard, United States Army, for exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of the enemy of the United States as Weapons Sergeant, Operational Detachment Alpha 3336 (ODA-3336), 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), Special Operations Task Force – 33, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 6 April 2008. Sergeant Howard heroically fought for over an hour up a mountain while under intense Insurgent fire to rescue wounded members of his ODA pinned down by Insurgent fire. Sergeant Howard was fixed in a wadi by heavy sniper, Rocket Propelled Grenade, … Read more »

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James E. Fairchild

Lieutenant Colonel James E. Fairchild, U.S. Air Force
Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel James E. Fairchild, United States Air Force, for gallantry in military operations against an opposing armed force as a member of the 335th Fighter Squadron, during combat operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, at Shahi Kot Valley, Afghanistan, on 4 March 2002. Flying as Twister 51, Lieutenant Colonel Fairchild contacted Slick 1, who reported they were taking fire from enemy troops 75 meters from their position. Slick 01 requested strafe passes only, due to danger-close friendly troops within minimum risk distances of injury and death from friendly weapons expenditures on enemy locations. Target recognition and accurate … Read more »

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