The Air Force
awarded two Silver Stars, the third highest award for valor, to SSgt.
Sean Harvell, a Combat Controller with the 22nd Special Tactics
Squadron at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., for his actions during multiple
firefights in Afghanistan in 2007. At a joint ceremony April 29, 2010,
honoring several Combat Controllers, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton
Schwartz presented Harvell his medals. The Silver Star is the third
highest award for valor.
Machine gun rounds flew all
from 30 feet away. He sprinted through the fire to a position from
which he could attack. He shot a rocket-propelled grenade into a room
occupied by Taliban fighters.
Then he called in airstrikes
that reportedly killed more than 50 insurgents in Central
Afghanistan’s Helmand River area.
It earned Harvell a Silver
Star award. He earned another two months earlier.
Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Combat Controllers from
the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron take a moment to recognize retired Col. Joe Jackson
at an medal ceremony honoring the Airmen April 29, 2010, at Joint Base
Lewis-McChord, Wash. General Schwartz visited the base to present 13
medals to 11 Combat Controllers. Colonel Jackson was awarded the Medal
of Honor for his actions in Vietnam in 1968, when he risked his life to
ensure no Combat Controllers were left behind.
Combat Controllers contributions honored in ceremony, sent
by Gene Johnson
- JOINT BASE
LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) -- The Air Force chief of staff presented
13 medals to 11 Combat Controllers during a ceremony here April 29.
Shortly thereafter, Sergeant Harvell's team was out on patrol when they
saw an American helicopter go down. The team immediately began moving
toward the crash site for recovery operations.
Sergeant Jones received the Silver Star for his actions during a
firefight with the enemy when his coalition special forces unit was
ambushed during a combat reconnaissance mission.