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Tech. Sgt. John Chapman in theater. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Tech. Sgt. John Chapman in theater. (U.S. Air Force photo)

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of a fallen U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller at a ceremony on August 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan.

Special Tactics Combat Controller Tech. Sgt. John Chapman holds a young child in Afghanistan in early 2002. President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Chapman's family at a ceremony on August 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan. Special Tactics combines the core skills of Special Operation Forces with the tactical integration of air power to find unique solutions for ground problems. They are a special operations ground force comprised of highly trained Airmen who solve multi-domain problems across the spectrum of conflict and crisis. (Courtesy photo)

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of a fallen U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller at a ceremony on August 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of fallen U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman at a ceremony on August 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan. TSgt Chapman was an expert in reconnaissance operations, air traffic control and terminal attack control operations, where he decisively integrated airpower on to the battlefield. While deployed, he directed close air support aircraft, delivering destructive ordnance on enemy targets in non-permissive environments. (Courtesy photo)

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of fallen U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman at a ceremony on August 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the family of fallen U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman at a ceremony on August 22 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan. This marks the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to a Special Tactics Airman. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Chapman, a combat controller, will be the 19th Airman awarded the Medal of Honor since the Department of the Air Force was established in 1947. He will be the first Airman recognized with the medal for heroic actions occurring after the Vietnam War.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Chapman, a combat controller, will be the 19th Airman awarded the Medal of Honor since the Department of the Air Force was established in 1947. He will be the first Airman recognized with the medal for heroic actions occurring after the Vietnam War.

President Donald Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to the family of Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller, during a ceremony on Aug. 22, 2018 for his extraordinary heroism in March 2002 while deployed to Afghanistan.


Medal of Honor, 2002

By direction of the President of the United States authorized by Title 10, Section 8741, U.S.C., the following individual is awarded THE MEDAL OF HONOR (Posthumously) for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States during the period indicated, effective at the termination of period covered:

 

TSGT CHAPMAN, JOHN A.                        4 MAR 02

 

Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism as an Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller, attached to a Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Team conducting reconnaissance operations in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2002. During insertion, the team’s helicopter was ambushed causing a teammate to fall into an entrenched group of enemy combatants below. Sergeant Chapman and the team voluntarily reinserted onto the snow-capped mountain, into the heart of a known enemy stronghold to rescue one of their own. Without regard for his own safety, Sergeant Chapman immediately engaged, moving in the direction of the closest enemy position despite coming under heavy fire from multiple directions. He fearlessly charged an enemy bunker, up a steep incline in thigh-deep snow and into hostile fire, directly engaging the enemy. Upon reaching the bunker, Sergeant Chapman assaulted and cleared the position, killing all enemy occupants. With complete disregard for his own life, Sergeant Chapman deliberately moved from cover only 12 meters from the enemy, and exposed himself once again to attack a second bunker, from which an emplaced machine gun was firing on his team. During this assault from an exposed position directly in the line of intense fire, Sergeant Chapman was struck and injured by enemy fire. Despite severe, mortal wounds, he continued to fight relentlessly, sustaining a violent engagement with multiple enemy personnel before making the ultimate sacrifice. By his heroic actions and extraordinary valor, sacrificing his life for the lives of his teammates, Technical Sergeant Chapman upheld the highest traditions of military service and reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

 

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