Benny J. Alicea

Sergeant Benny J. Alicea, U.S. Army

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 [then Specialist] Benny J. Alicea, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 4 November 2004, in Iraq. Sergeant Alicea, then a Specialist serving as a rifleman and grenadier in Company A, demonstrated gallantry in the face of the enemy during Operation PHANTOM FURY. While injured and under extreme pressure, he saved the lives of his squad mates. Specialist Alicea’s super-size fires curtailed the enemy’s ability to accurately engage multiple wounded soldiers through an intense firefight. His Read more »

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Richard Allan Pittman

 

Sergeant Richard Allan Pittman, USMC

 Medal of Honor Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

 The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Richard Allan Pittman,  United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 24 July 1966, while serving with Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against armed enemy forces near the Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Vietnam. While Company I was conducting an operation along the axis of a narrow jungle trail, the leading company elements suffered numerous casualties when they suddenly came under heavy fire from a well concealed and numerically superior enemy force. Hearing the engaged Marines’ calls for more firepower, Sergeant Pittman quickly exchanged his rifle for Read more »

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Ademola D. Fabayo

First Lieutenant Ademola D. Fabayo, 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 First Lieutenant Ademola D. Fabayo, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy as a member of Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September 2009 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. First Lieutenant Fabayo and other members of his team led two platoons of Afghan National Security Forces into Ganjgal Village for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders when the dismounted patrol was ambushed by roughly 50 enemy fighters in fortified positions. With four fellow team members cut off, he pushed forward on foot into the kill zone in an attempt to regain contact, effectively engaging the enemy at close range with … Read more »

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Jeffery M. Adamec

Staff Sergeant Jeffery M. Adamec, US Army

 Silver Star – For Actions During Operations Iraqi Freedom

 The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jeffrey Adamec, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne), during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, on 6 April 2003, at Debecka Pass, Iraq. Staff Sergeant Adamec destroyed four Iraqi armored personnel carriers and one enemy position with Javelin anti-tank missiles while under fire when his team attacked a fortified ridgeline in northern Iraq. Those actions helped secure an intersection linking Mosul and Kirkuk, Iraq. Staff Sergeant Adamec’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, this Command, and the United States Army.Read more »

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Master Sergeant Ivan M. Ruiz , US Air Force

Air Force Cross awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by section 8742 of Title 10 U.S.C., takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Master Sergeant Ivan M. Ruiz for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as a Pararescue Craftsman, 22 Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component-Afghanistan, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on 10 December 2013. On that date, Sergeant Ruiz attached to a team of Army Special Forces personnel and Afghan Commandos conducting a raid in denied terrain. After a point blank engagement with four insurgents, Sergeant Ruiz’s team continued to clear a small compound of resistance while maneuvering towards neutralized insurgents to search their remains. Isolated from the 14 man element, Sergeant Ruiz and two Read more »

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