Richard J. Olson , Jr.

Sergeant First Class Richard J. Olson, Jr., 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 Sergeant First Class Richard J. Olson, Jr., United States Army, for gallantry in action in Afghanistan on 10 August 2009. Sergeant First Class Olson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous achievement while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the Global War on Terrorism as a Counter Improvised Explosive Device Team Leader, 741st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion (CIED), Combined Joint Task Force Paladin, Combined Joint Task Force-82, United States Forces-Afghanistan, on 10 August 2009. Among his numerous accomplishments, Sergeant First Class Olson ensured the governor was adequately protected and made the necessary political coordination for Afghan Read more »

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Joseph G. Lemm

Technical Sergeant Joseph G. Lemm, U.S. Air Force

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 Technical Sergeant Joseph G. Lemm, United States Air Force, for heroism as the Tactical Security Element Squad leader, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, while engaged in operations against an opposing armed force at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on 21 December 2015. On that date, in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission, Sergeant Lemm was conducting outside the wire human intelligence operations. As the lead for the Blue Team Security Element, during the exfiltration of an Operation Sentinel Eagle outside the wire patrol, he courageously placed himself in harm’s way to … Read more »

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Clifford M. Wooldridge

Corporal Clifford M. Wooldridge, USMC

Navy Cross awarded for actions during the Global War on Terrorism

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Clifford M. Wooldridge, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Vehicle Commander, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon White, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, FIRST Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 18 June 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. When their mounted patrol came under intense enemy fire, Corporal Wooldridge and his squad dismounted and maneuvered on the suspected enemy location. Spotting a group of fifteen enemy fighters preparing an ambush, Corporal Wooldridge led one of his fire teams across open ground to flank the enemy, killing or wounding at least eight and forcing the rest to scatter. As he held security alone to cover his fire Read more »

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Michael T. Blout

Staff Sergeant Michael T. Blout, US 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 Michael T. Blout, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States at Wardak Province, Afghanistan, on 23 October 2012. On that day, Sergeant Blout served as the primary Joint Terminal Attack Controller assigned to an Army Special Forces Team. While conducting operation AMAL KARD SYGANA II, Sergeant Blout received radio traffic indicating an Army Special Forces teammate required immediate medical attention after sustaining wounds form an enemy ambush. Reacting instinctively, Sergeant Blout sprinted 1.6 kilometers towards the sounds of enemy fire to assist his wounded comrade. … Read more »

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Justin A. Wilson

Hospital Corpsman First Class Justin A. Wilson, U.S. Navy

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, takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hospital Corpsman First Class Justin A. Wilson, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 28 September 2011 while on a mounted patrol, Petty Officer Wilson volunteered to accompany the team’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician to clear an improvised explosive device (IED) from an Afghan Local Police checkpoint. As the EOD Tech entered the checkpoint’s barriers to inspect the IED, there was a large explosion. Despite being disoriented by the dust and overpressure from the blast, and knowing the enemy’s tactic of emplacing multiple IEDs in proximity, Petty Read more »

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