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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Chase N. Ash

Specialist Chase N. Ash, 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 Specialist Chase N. Ash, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 12 September 2004 during combat operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. With total disregard for his own safety, he risked his life to save the lives of his comrades. Specialist Ash’s ability to react quickly and selflessly to a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device enabled the Soldiers in the disabled and burning vehicle to escape to safety. Specialist Ash’s heroism and gallantry in battle are in keeping with the … Read more »

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Alan T. Yoshida

Staff Sergeant Alan T. Yoshida, 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 Staff Sergeant Alan T. Yoshida, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States while serving with the 23d Special Tactics Squadron near Sayyd Alma Kalay, Afghanistan, from 30 November to 4 December 2001. Sergeant Yoshida rode with the lead elements of Northern Alliance Commander Hamid Karzai’s ground force as they advanced and seized the town of Sayyd Alma Kalay. On the night of 3 December 2001, in an attempt to reoccupy the town, Taliban forces launched a major counterattack across the Arghendab River forcing a majority of … Read more »

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Jeffrey C. Cole II

Lance Corporal Jeffrey Cole, 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 Lance Corporal Jeffrey Cole, United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action in connection with combat operations against the enemy as a Machine Gunner, Company E, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 17 August 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting a partnered patrol in the F4 sector of Marjah, Lance Corporal Cole’s squad came under heavy and accurate machinegun and small arms fire from two enemy positions. The initial burst wounded four members of the squad. When another Marine was wounded and could no longer operate the M240B medium machine gun, without orders or regard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Cole … Read more »

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Ryan M. Pitts

Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Sergeant Pitts distinguished himself by extraordinary acts of heroism at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Forward Observer in 2d Platoon, Chosen Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler in the vicinity of Wanat Village, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on 13 July 2008. Early that morning, while Sergeant Pitts was providing perimeter … Read more »

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