” JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – The most combat-decorated Air Force unit since the end of the Vietnam War named more heroes Jan. 23-24 during medal presentation ceremonies at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The 24th Special Operations Wing gained one Silver Star, six Bronze Star medals with Valor, and seven Bronze Star medals when airmen from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron were recognized with the nation’s third and fourth highest combat decorations.
Like many, the airmen’s willingness to serve at the tip of the spear, directly going into harm’s way to attack the enemy time after time, represents the best of America,” said Col. Robert Armfield, commander of the 24th SOW. “We are proud to see their sacrifice recognized. It gives us a chance to pause for just a moment to thank these special operators and, more importantly, to recognize their families, who bear the burden of this relentless mission.”
During the ceremony, Staff Sgt. Adam Krueger was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest combat military decoration in the United States, for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States while engaged in military operations.
While on a foot patrol, his team was ambushed by an entrenched enemy less than 10 meters from the friendly position. The Army Special Forces team was immediately pinned down and then Senior Airman Krueger directed an F-15 strafing run within meters of his position to allow the friendly patrol to fight their way into a compound and establish a strong point.
“He took care of us on that day,” said one of Krueger’s Special Forces teammates, who attended the ceremony. “