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Dennis C. Kelsch Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
STAFF SERGEANT DENNIS C. KELSCH
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

Staff Sergeant Dennis C. Kelsch distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component-Afghanistan on 25 April 2018, during Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL in support of the Resolute Support mission. On that date, during a night direct action against a High Value Target, Sergeant Kelsch willingly exposed himself to effective enemy fire in order to conduct danger close fire missions from AC-130 gunships using 40 millimeter air to ground munitions 35-40 meters from his position. Continue reading “Dennis C. Kelsch Silver Star citation”

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Douglas J. Matthews’ Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO

TECHNICAL SERGEANT DOUGLAS J. MATTHEWS

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States near Jalrez, Wardak Province, Afghanistan on 27 November 2012. On that date, Sergeant Matthews displayed extraordinary bravery, technical skill, and a complete disregard for his own safety when his vehicle struck a command detonated improvised explosive device, immediately ejecting him from the 15 ton vehicle, and triggering a complex ambush. Continue reading “Douglas J. Matthews’ Silver Star citation”

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Michael T. Blout Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
STAFF SERGEANT MICHAEL T. BLOUT
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

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. Continue reading “Michael T. Blout Silver Star citation”

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Christopher C. Barnett Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
LIEUTENANT COLONEL CHRISTOPHER C. BARNETT
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

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 Christopher C. Barnett, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as flight lead and mission commander, Shocker 35, 34th Weapons Squadron, 129th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, near Kajaki, Afghanistan on 4 April 2009. On that date, Colonel Barnett led his HH-60G formation through firefights and a blinding sandstorm in near zero visibility executing a critical casualty evacuation when he received word of a Special Forces convoy under attack by a large enemy force. Continue reading “Christopher C. Barnett Silver Star citation”

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Bruce R. Taylor Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
MAJOR BRUCE R. TAYLOR
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

For gallantry in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving with the 711th Special Operations Squadron near Baghdad, Iraq, on 2 April 2003. On that date, Major Taylor, as MC-130 Aircraft Commander of STEEL 73 flight, was tasked to support a package of four Special Forces MH-47s, infiltrating Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces and other government agents to the Iraqi leader’s Thar-Thar Palace, the suspecting hiding grounds for weapons of mass destruction. Major Taylor bravely led his MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft into the heart of the Iraqi air defense and known SA-2, SA-3, and SA-8 sites to refuel the MH-47 package. As the second element lead, Major Taylor unhesitatingly flew his aircraft directly in the same airspace where a surface-to-air missile had just been launched at the formation lead aircraft. Once inside the previous engagement area and while performing low-level refueling, Major Taylor’s aircraft was fired upon by a suspected SA-8 surface-to-air missile. Utilizing his abundance of combat experience, he masked his presence over the helicopter package and continued to refuel the MH-47s. Because of the proximity of helicopters in trail below, the aircraft were able to disperse countermeasures, placing Major Taylor’s crew in grave danger of being destroyed by the launched missile. On night vision goggles, barely 400 feet above the ground, and under blowing dust, Major Taylor continued with the refueling mission knowing that by breaking off, the helicopters would face severe difficulty retrieving fuel and successfully completing their critical mission. Because of his actions, under extreme conditions while flying over a previous missile launch and also being targeted by a second missile launch, Major Taylor was a combat lighthouse guiding his crew and a Special Forces package through a storm of uncertainty. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Taylor has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.