Aaron M. Kenefick

GySgt. Aaron M. Kenefick, USMC

Bronze Star (Awarded Posthumously) – For Actions During the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Aaron M. Kenefick, United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as an Staff Non-commissioned Officer Advisor-Mentor, 1st Kandak, 2d Brigade, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 8 September 2009. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick was a member of a combined Marine and Afghan patrol that led the way into Ganjgal village to visit with village elders. As the patrol entered the village it was ambushed. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick took cover near a retaining wall and returned fire. When the team leader directed his Marines and the Afghan soldiers to attack and … Read more »

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Kevin D. Baskin

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Hospital Corpsman Second Class Kevin D. Baskin, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Special Operations Corpsman, Marine Special Operations Team 8224, Second Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command on 25 April 2013 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Hospital Corpsman Second Class Baskin courageously exposed himself to accurate fire numerous times when his team was pinned down by overwhelming fire from multiple concealed enemy positions outside Kushe Village. After a Marine was hit by enemy fire, he ran into the kill zone with total disregard for his personal safety to provide desperately needed aid. Once the Marine was stabilized, dragged to cover, and loaded into a casualty evacuation vehicle, one Afghanistan National Army Special Forces soldier … Read more »

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William F. Andrews

Captain William F. Andrews, USAF

Air Force Cross — Awarded for Actions During the Gulf War

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 Captain William F. Andrews, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against the armed forces of the Republic of Iraq, while serving as a Pilot with the 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hahn Air Base, Germany, in action approximately 30 miles northwest of Basra, Iraq, on 27 February 1991, during Operation DESERT STORM. On that date, while leading an F-16 flight against heavily defended armor and mechanized forces, Captain Andrews’ F-16 suffered major damage from enemy air defenses forcing him to eject in enemy territory. While in the parachute descent, he made contact with his flight using his survival radio and, despite being fired … Read more »

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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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James M. Takes

Staff Sergeant James M. Takes, 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: Staff Sergeant James M. Takes who distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a team leader in Company C, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007. On that day, Staff Sergeant Takes and his team were traversing a narrow path surrounded by mountainous, rocky terrain when they were ambushed by enemy forces stationed on elevated positions. Pinned against a steep mountain face, Staff Sergeant Takes and his men … Read more »

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