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Col. Scott Campbell, 451st Expeditionary Operations Group commander, speaks during his assumption of command ceremony Sept. 9, 2013, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The 451st EOG employs C-130J, E-11A, F-16, MC-12, MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircraft along with two TPS-75 radars, and also includes an operations support squadron and an intelligence squadron to provide a persistent, powerful airpower presence in the Afghanistan area of operations. Campbell’s family hails from Northville, N.Y., and Albany, N.Y., and he’s a 1991 graduate of Broadalbin-Perth High School in Broadalbin, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jack Sanders)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Sgt. David Chalifoux from Wolcott, Vt., was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Sept. 4, 2013.

He is currently assigned as a squad leader for the battalion commander’s personal security detachment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 307th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), Task Force SAW, in Regional Command Southwest, Afghanistan.

While operating in Farah province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013, Chalifoux displayed uncommon valor in the face of enemy fire. He was moving through an insurgent stronghold with the Afghan National Army forces when an insurgent attempted to engage them from 30 meters away. Sgt. Chalifoux pushed another soldier out of harm’s way, dove for cover and returned fire. With little regard for his own safety, he continued to move forward under enemy fire, conducted a breach and cleared the compound to eliminate the insurgent threat.

Chalifoux is an engineer stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C.

His previous awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Driver’s and Mechanic’s Badges. He was also awarded the Combat Action Badge for his involvement during this operation.


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Date Taken:09.04.2013

Date Posted:09.10.2013 02:45

Location:CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGlobe

Hometown:WOLCOTT, VT, US

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