A Combat Controller from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron was presented with the Silver Star Medal for his actions while deployed with a U.S. Army Special Forces team in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, ventured out into enemy fire multiple times, controlled 22 aircraft delivering 3,000 pounds of munitions, rescued four joint-partner teammates from sniper fire…and now, he’s receiving the Silver Star Medal.
During a ceremony Nov. 16 here, the vice commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Maj. Gen. Eugene Haase, presented the nation’s third highest medal for gallantry against an armed enemy of the U.S. in combat to Thiem. Thiem’s actions occurred when he was deployed with a U.S. Army Special Forces team in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.
Read the entire article – “Combat Controller continues Special Tactics legacy of valor”, Team McChord, November 16, 2016.