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Airmen go above and beyond

By Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana
Air Force Social Media Team

When someone joins the U.S. military, he or she makes a sacrifice only a handful of people in the U.S. will ever experience. These select few will serve the nation in different career fields, which will make their experiences vastly different. Some will get to travel the world, but never set foot on a battlefield. Others may be entrenched in combat for most of their Air Force careers.

On May 6, three special tactics Airmen received medals for their actions in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. According to the Air Force Special Operations Command, the mission entailed American and Afghan special forces units infiltrating a known enemy area on Sept. 27, 2014, to “disrupt insurgent operations, including drug and weapons cache, and enemy command and control.

For the next 48 hours, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Greiner, Senior Airman Dustin Temple and Senior Airman Goodie Goodman, 21st Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers, fought not only for their own survival, but for the lives of their fellow wingmen and Afghan teammates. Read more here.

Recipients of these medals
Air Force Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and Navy Vice Adm. Sean A. Pybus, the deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, stand beside three Air Force special tactics combat controllers, who received an Air Force Cross and two Silver Stars May 7, 2015, at Pope Army Airfield, N.C. They are credited with saving the lives of more than 80 Army special forces and Afghan commando teammates by providing flawless air-to-ground integration in the special operations battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)