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    Precise work in dangerous places: Purple Heart ceremony sheds light on the work of Quiet Professionals in Northwest Africa

    Precise work in dangerous places: Purple Heart ceremony sheds light on the work of Quiet Professionals in Northwest Africa

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Jasmonet Holmes | U.S. Africa Command Commander, General Stephen J. Townsend and Master Sgt. Steven...... read more read more



    Courtesy Story

    Special Operations Command Africa

    Stuttgart, Germany – In a rare public recognition of U.S. special operations
    forces in Africa, Master Sgt. Steven Corley, an intelligence noncommissioned
    officer with 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), was
    awarded the Purple Heart during a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, April 8,

    The Purple Heart medal is one of the U.S. military’s oldest medals dating
    back to 1782. It recognizes military members who were wounded or killed in

    Master Sgt. Corley earned the award in January of 2022 while serving as the
    leader of a six-person team in northwest Africa where he was responsible for
    intelligence exploitation and integration with partners and allies. Though
    wounded in an attack on base where he was assigned, he assisted partner
    forces in locating the point from which his element was attacked.

    “Wherever you look in Africa, when it’s somewhere tough or dangerous,
    SOCAFRICA is there,” said Gen. Stephen Townsend, AFRICOM commander. “Master
    Sergeant Corley did what U.S. forces typically do when wounded, stay in the
    fight until they pass out or are instructed to stand down.”

    Master Sgt. Corley was medically evacuated the following day and has spent
    his time since the attack focusing on physical recovery and staying in the
    fight from SOCAFRICA headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

    “This has been an amazing rotation in seeing how much the battalion has done
    for the mission,” said Master Sgt. Corley. “I especially want to thank my
    family, my battalion, and the staff at Landstuhl [military hospital],
    especially the rehab team, for doing an amazing job taking care of me. I’m
    very fortunate to be here to accept this medal.”

    Special Operations Command Africa engages with partner-force militaries on
    the African continent daily, both in person and virtually.

    “Master Sgt. Corley’s service and sacrifice are indicative of the great work
    our teams do across the continent,” said Rear Adm. Milton J. Sands III,
    Special Operations Commander Africa commander. “We have folks in Africa who
    are in harm’s way to ensure we see threats coming that could threaten our
    nation. There are those out in the world who would attack America – Special
    Operations Command Africa service members, like Master Sgt. Corley, stands
    as a sentinel.”

    Master Sgt. Corley joined the U.S. Army in September 2001, enlisting in 2nd
    Battalion 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mississippi Army National
    Guard. He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom six times,
    including three times to Afghanistan, once to Lebanon, and currently serving
    his second tour with Special Operations Task Force – Northwest Africa under
    Special Operations Command Africa.

    Some of his previous awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, a
    Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Army
    Commendation Medals, and the Humanitarian Assistance Medal for Hurricane



    Date Taken: 04.08.2022
    Date Posted: 04.08.2022 15:01
    Story ID: 418146
    Location: STUTTGART, BW, DE

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