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Special Tactics TACP awarded Silver Star Medal for Afghan ambush

The first Silver Star Medal awarded to a Tactical Air Control Party operator for actions over the last seven years lays on a table before a presentation ceremony at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Georgia, April 9, 2019. The SSM is the third-highest medal awarded for gallantry against an armed enemy of the U.S. in combat and was awarded to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cam Kelsch, a Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party operator with the 17th Special Tactics Squadron. Kelsch is credited with repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire to save the life of a wounded teammate and controlling precision strike munitions from aircraft to secure the safety of his joint and partner force members while deployed with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s 75th Ranger Regiment battalion to Afghanistan in 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rachel Yates)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Rachel Yates
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