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FORT BRAGG, N.C. – In the second largest award ceremony since the reactivation of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), thirty-seven soldiers were recognized for their valorous actions in combat in Afghanistan, in a ceremony, Feb 25, at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium.

Five soldiers from 3rd SFG (A) received the Silver Star, 19 soldiers received the Bronze Star with Valor device, 18 soldiers will receive the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device, and five soldiers received the Purple Heart.

During the ceremony, four battles involving members of the Group were highlighted in vingnettes presented by a team member who witnessed and recounted what occurred and the actions performed by each man receiving a medal. One engagement with enemy forces led to the entire Operational Detachment’s receipt of an award for his heroic actions during a firefight.

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command deputy commanding general, Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller and the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) commander, Col. Mark Schwartz presented the awards to each Soldier.

Schwartz said during his remarks at the ceremony that it not the nature of the members of the Special Forces Regiment to seek recognition for their actions in combat.

"Every valor award recipient who came across the stage today will tell you they are simply doing their job," Schwartz said. "As your commander, there is no greater honor than to recognize these men. All of them are warriors who represent the finest caliber of non-commissioned officers and officers that make up the ranks of our (Special Forces) group."

The following service members received awards for valor during the ceremony.

Bronze Star with Valor Device:

Capt. Timothy Driscoll
Staff Sgt. James Benjamin
Capt. Patrick Macri
Staff Sgt. Robert Bradford
Warrant Officer Joe Vasquez
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Geesaman
Master Sgt. Sean Berk
Master Sgt. Mike Vetra
Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Burt
Staff Sgt. Brett Grossini
Staff Sgt. Eoin Oriada
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Garland
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Plants
Staff Sgt. Casey Parker
Sgt. 1st Class James Rooney
Staff Sgt. Justin Schafer
Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Ysasaga
Staff Sgt. David Stearns
Staff Sgt. Jamon A. Tibbs
Staff Sgt. Timothy Walsh

Purple Heart:

Capt. Timothy Driscoll
Staff Sgt. Grant Derrick
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Myers
Staff Sgt. Van Meredith
Sgt. 1st Class Dereck Strickland

Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device:

Capt. Timothy Driscoll
Sgt. 1st Class Mark Pawlewicz
Capt. Matthew Golsteyn
Sgt. 1st Daniel Plants
Sgt. Major Patrick Rotsaert
Sgt. 1st Class Eric Wagmer
Master Sgt. Lani Ringeisen
Staff Sgt. Jeffery Carroll
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Garland
Staff Sgt. Benjamin Geesaman
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Jones
Staff Sgt. Silas Palance
Sgt. 1st Class Robert Martin
Staff Sgt. Casey Parker
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher
Sgt. Sean Tapia

The Silver Star Medal is awarded in recognition of a valorous act performed during combat operations while under direct fire from enemy forces. It may also denote an accomplishment of a heroic nature in direct support of operations against an enemy force.


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Date Taken:02.25.2011

Date Posted:02.28.2011 15:23

Location:FORT BRAGG, AL, US

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