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Fifteen years after a 17-hour battle on an Afghan mountaintop, Master Sgt. (Ret.) Keary Miller's, Special Tactics pararescueman, extraordinary heroism is recognized with an Air Force Cross, following a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11. Then-Tech. Sgt. Keary Miller --against overwhelming odds and a barrage of heavy fire from Al Qaeda militants-- dashed through deep snow into the line of fire multiple times to assess and care for critically-wounded U.S. servicemembers, March 4, 2002. Miller was previously awarded the Silver Star medal for these actions, Nov. 1, 2003. The Air Force Cross is the service’s highest combat medal for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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The Air Force Cross will be presented to Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had previously received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in Afghanistan, April 6, 2013.(Courtesy Photo)
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The Air Force Cross will be presented to Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had previously received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in Afghanistan, April 6, 2013.(Courtesy photo)
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Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton, 26th Special Tactics Squadron superintendent, speaks during his retirement ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017. Over the course of Keaton's 30-year career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens -- if not hundreds-- on and off the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton, 26th Special Tactics Squadron superintendent, receives a folded flag from the Hurlburt Field Honor Guard during his retirement ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017. Keaton served in the Air Force for 30 years as a law enforcement specialist and pararescueman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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A hundred teammates, friends and family members salute the National Anthem during Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton's, superintendent of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, retirement ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017. Over the course of Keaton's 30-year career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens -- if not hundreds-- on and off the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton, superintendent of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, retired following a 30-year career at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017. Over the course of Keaton's career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens -- if not hundreds-- on and off the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Special Tactics members board a CV-22 Osprey for Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton's, 26th Special Tactics Squadron superintendent, final military free fall at Eglin Range, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017. Over the course of Keaton's 30-year career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens -- if not hundreds-- on and off the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Col. Michael Flatten, vice commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing, pats Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton's, superintendent of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, back during Keaton's retirement ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017. Over the course of Keaton's 30-year career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens -- if not hundreds-- on and off the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton, 26th Special Tactics Squadron superintendent, completes his final jump at Eglin Range, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017. Over the course of Keaton's 30-year career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens -- if not hundreds-- on and off the battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Tech. Sgt. (ret.) Jeffrey Bray, a combat controller, who was awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., on Dec. 30, 2016. Bray passed away at 49 years old on Oct. 24, leaving behind a far-reaching legacy of valor, professionalism and combat success. (Courtesy Photo)
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Tech. Sgt. (ret.) Jeffrey Bray, a combat controller, who was awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., on Dec. 30, 2016. Bray passed away at 49 years old on Oct. 24, leaving behind a far-reaching legacy of valor, professionalism and combat success. (Courtesy Photo)
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Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem controls aircraft during a drug/weapons cache clearing mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Silver Star Medal was presented to Thiem, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, for using air power to ensure the safety of his 100-plus man SOF element during a 14-hour firefight with no regard for his own personal safety, while deployed with U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo/released)
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Maj. Gen. Eugene Haase, vice commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, salutes a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron after presenting him with the Bronze Star Medal with valor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016. This Airman, while deployed with a U.S. Army Special Operations Forces team May 7, 2016, eliminated an insider attack in Afghanistan, when a gunman opened fire on joint partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, shakes hands with visitors following his Silver Star Medal presentation ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016. Thiem used air power to ensure the safety of his 100-plus man SOF element during a 14-hour firefight with no regard for his own personal safety, while deployed with U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat controller and Silver Star Medal recipient with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron,  salutes Maj. Gen. Eugene Haase, vice commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, during a Silver Star Medal presentation ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016. Thiem used air power to ensure the safety of his 100-plus man SOF element during a 14-hour firefight with no regard for his own personal safety, while deployed with U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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