Combat-proven Special Forces Soldiers receive medals for valor


running up that hill
Jan 3, 2007
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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, July 19, 2010) – Fifty-eight Soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were honored in an awards ceremony at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School July 16 for valorous actions during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Maj. Gen. Michael Repass, commanding general of U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), presented 19 Bronze Stars for valor, 24 Army Commendations Medals for valor, and 18 Purple Hearts at a formation viewed by fellow Soldiers, Family Members and friends.

“They may not tell you about their exploits, but these are humble men of uncommon valor,” said Repass. “Each Soldier in front of us, in addition to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, has distinguished himself as a true hero, unquestionably deserving of our nation’s gratitude.”

In Afghanistan, 7th SFG (A) Soldiers were integrated into Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan to conduct operations during Operation Enduring Freedom. CJSOTF-A accumulated an extensive list of accomplishments from 2007 to 2010, including training of capable Afghan conventional and special operations units, conducting thousands of combat missions, bringing medical aid to countless civilians and neutralizing many thousands of enemy fighters.

Each and every Soldier agreed that their actions were not especially heroic, but were simply required for dealing with the situations they faced and an indicator as to the quality of the force as a whole.

“No one here considers themselves to be better than one another,” said Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Acosta, a 2nd Battalion, 7th SFG(A) Special Forces medic, who was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device for actions in support of his fellow Soldiers and against the enemy in Oruzgan, Afghanistan. “Medals we receive in the homeland reflect our actions as a whole in troubled parts of the world.”
Well done guys!

Although I bet those 24 Army Commendations Medals for valor would have been BSMs at any conventional unit. Just sayin'...
Two men from my team were among those honored with BSM-V's. As well as three Purple Hearts. Well done guys!