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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 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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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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The commander of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Lt. Col. Daniel Macgruder, speaks during a Silver Star Medal presentation ceremony to Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat contoller, 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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Airmen and soldiers salute during the National Anthem at a Silver Star Medal presentation ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016. The Silve Star Medal was presented to Staff Sgt. Keaton 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Maj. Gen. Eugene Haase, vice commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, speaks during a Silver Star Medal presentation ceremony for Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat controller, 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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Maj. Gen. Eugene Haase, vice commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presents Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, the Silver Star Medal 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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Airmen and soldiers salute during the National Anthem at a Silver Star Medal presentation ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016. The Silver Star Medal was presented to Staff Sgt. Keaton 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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The 73rd Silver Star Medal awarded to an Airman since 9/11 lays on a table before a presentation ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016. The Silver Star Medal is the third-highest medal awarded for gallantry against an armed enemy of the U.S. in combat and was awarded to Staff Sgt. Keaton 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.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Six medals were awarded to Special Tactics Airmen assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squdron at a presentation ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016. The medals include the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal with valor and four AF Combat Action Medals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Linda Ammons, Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer’s mother, and Mike Ammons, Officer’s stepfather, admire the first-ever award dedicated in their son’s namesake at a Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party completion ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016. The award was presented by Linda to the team member who best exemplifies the attributes of being a team player by continually putting others before himself, keeping the team together and striving for mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Linda Ammons, Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr’s mother, presents Staff Sgt. Ivan De La Selva, the first-ever award dedicated in her son’s namesake at a Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party course completion ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016. Officer, an ST TACP Airman from the 720th Operations Support Squadron, perished due to injuries sustained in an accidental head-to-head collision during a military parachute training, Aug. 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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Linda Ammons, Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr.’s mother, admires the first-ever award dedicated in her son’s namesake, at a Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party course completion ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016. Officer, an ST TACP Airman from the 720th Operations Support Squadron, perished due to injuries sustained in an accidental head-to-head collision during a military parachute training, Aug. 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
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