Gabriel P. Brown

Staff Sergeant Gabriel P. Brown, 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 Gabriel P. Brown, United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Combat Controller with the 17th Air Support Operations Squadron, 22d Special Tactics Squadron, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during Operation ANACONDA, near Marzak, Patkia Province, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2002. Sergeant Brown was the primary ground forward air controller assigned to a quick-reaction force task to recover two American servicemen evading capture in austere terrain occupied by massed al-Qaida and Taliban forces. Shortly before landing, his MH-47E helicopter received accurate rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire, severely disabling Read more »

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Frederick L. Allen

Sergeant First Class Frederick L. Allen, U.S. Army

Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 Sergeant First Class [then Staff Sergeant] Frederick L. Allen, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 512 (ODA-512), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, at An Najaf, Iraq, on 12 August 2004. Sergeant First Class Allen, the other members of Operational Detachment – Alpha 512, along with 51 Iraqi National Guardsmen, engaged approximately 15 – 20 Mahdi Militiamen embedded inside a school. The detachment, with the Iraqi National Guard in the lead, advanced toward their objective and came under immediate and intense enemy fire from inside the school. Sergeant First Class Allen, the gunner in the detachment’s 2d vehicle, ordered his GMV forward, placing himself in the direct line Read more »

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Gregory Earl Ambrosia

First Lieutenant Gregory Earl Ambrosia, 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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) Gregory Earl Ambrosia, United States Army, for gallantry in actions while serving as Executive Officer, Company A, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team, in action in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in Afghanistan, on 25 – 26 September 2007. First Lieutenant Ambrosia’s gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD:On 25 September 2007, Able Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), Read more »

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Brian C. Jacklin

Gunnery Sergeant Brian C. Jacklin, USMC

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 Gunnery Sergeant Brian C. Jacklin, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On the morning of 14 June 2012 Gunnery Sergeant Jacklin was second in command of a team conducting village stability operations in the volatile Upper Gereshk Valley of Helmand Province. The enemy suddenly poured heavy fire into the team’s position, and his team leader and another Marine each suffered life threatening gunshot wounds. Without hesitation, Gunnery Sergeant Jacklin seized control of the situation and orchestrated a counterattack. Finding the primary communications link inoperable, he personally established an alternate means with a nearby supporting unit and began prosecuting direct, indirect, and Read more »

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Mark L. Donald

Lieutenant Mark L. Donald, 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 Lieutenant Mark L. Donald, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Medical Officer assigned to a Joint Operational Unit conducting combat operations against Al Qaida and Taliban enemy forces in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in October 2003. Lieutenant Donald was part of a multi-vehicle mounted patrol ambushed by extremely heavy fire from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. When two rocket-propelled grenades exploded immediately in front of his vehicle, Lieutenant Donald exited the vehicle and began returning fire. While under heavy and continuous machine gun fire he pulled the wounded Afghan commander to relative safety behind the vehicle’s engine block. He left his position, completely exposing himself to the small arms fire, and pulled a wounded American Read more »

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