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Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez Highway

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Fort Bragg, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 28, 2019) — Former Special Forces Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient, was honored by the State of Texas, Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Sponsored by Benavidez’s adopted home town of El Campo, Texas, a section of State Highway 71 was dedicated to his memory. This highway section is close to a statue of him in his old hometown of Cuero, Texas.

Fifty years ago, Benavidez, a Special Forces light weapons non-commissioned officer, stepped forward to help fellow Special Forces Soldiers under attack in Loc Ninh, South Vietnam. Despite wounds to his face, neck, and hands, Benavidez directed helicopters to the crippled team and under fire assisted in the evacuation of wounded and dead. Severely wounded in the stomach and back, Benavidez called in air strikes for a second helicopter after his aircraft crashed. While treating and evacuating his fellow Soldiers, he kept the enemy infantry at bay, but was wounded several more times. After a final check for possibly forgotten Soldiers and classified material, Benavidez boarded a helicopter and flew to safety with those he had rescued. For his valorous actions he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Benavidez died in San Antonio, Texas, November 29, 1998. For more information on this valorous Soldier, go to:

https://www.soc.mil/ARSOF_History/medal_of_honor/recipient_benavidez.html

U.S. Army Special Operations Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado, died March 22, 2019, in Kunduz, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations as part of the Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Lindsay was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

Lindsay was born on Aug. 26, 1985, in Cortez, Colorado. He enlisted in the Army on July 7, 2004. Following the completion of One Station Unit Training and Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Lindsey completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 2nd Bn., 10th SFG (A) in July 2006.

“The 10th SFG (A) Family is deeply saddened at the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay,” said Col. Lawrence Ferguson, 10th SFG (A) commander. “Will was one of the best in our formation, with more than a decade of service in the Regiment at all levels of noncommissioned officer leadership. We will focus now on supporting his Family and honoring his legacy and sacrifice.”

Lindsay’s deployments include five tours to Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn; to Tajikistan in 2016 supporting the Counter-Narcotics Terrorism mission; and Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Lindsay’s military education includes the Basic and Advanced Airborne Schools, Basic and Advanced Military Free Fall Courses, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Advanced Special Operation Techniques Level II, Special Forces Senior Leader Course, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course, and Army Special Operations Forces Master Leader Course.

Lindsay’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (4 OLC), Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award (1 OLC), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (3 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3 OLC), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (1 OLC), NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Chilean Airborne Wings and Senior Instructor Badge.

He is survived by his wife and four daughters.

For questions please contact the USASOC Public Affairs Director, Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, loren.bymer@socom.mil or 910.432.3383.

160th SOAR named aviation award winners

Media Advisory#: 19-03-001

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 21, 2019) — Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command, were recognized for their contributions to Army aviation in an announcement of the Army Aviation Association of America 2018 award winners.

The awards recognize individuals and units for their outstanding contributions and advancements in innovation throughout the previous year.

Second Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment received the Battalion of the Year award. Sgt. Bradley Galloway was named the 2018 Soldier of the Year and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Patrick Fleming was named the 2018 Aviator of the Year for their individual achievements.

The awards signify the dedication to excellence by the soldiers and the continued efforts within U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command to improve the readiness and lethality of its formations.

Winning units and individuals will be presented their awards in a ceremony slated for April 2019.

Editors Notes:

For more information contact the Director of Public Affairs, Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Office: (910) 432-3383 BB: (910) 494-1589 loren.bymer@socom.mil

Soldier dies during training

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Sgt. First Class Ethan Carpenter, a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, died during routine military free-fall training at a facility in Arizona, March 15, 2019.

A native of Trumansburg, New York, Carpenter entered the Army, August 31, 2007. He completed One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Course, and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield as an assistant machine gunner; he then progressed to team leader and squad leader.

Carpenter deployed to combat eight times, once to Iraq and seven to Afghanistan before he was assigned as a reconnaissance specialist with the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, June 5, 2017.

“Sgt. First Class Ethan Carpenter was an exemplary Soldier and Ranger Leader, and a dedicated husband and father. He did the toughest jobs well and was the consummate team member when it counted the most, both in garrison training and in deployed combat. He represented our Nation’s best, and we’ll miss him dearly,” said Colonel Joseph Ewers, commander, Regimental Special Troops Battalion.

Carpenter’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal with OLC, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Ranger Tab, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Rangers Lead The Way

Rangers receive awards for valor

Maj. Gen. Mark Schwartz, deputy commanding general, Joint Special Operations Command presented the Silver Star to Master Sgt. Phillip Paquette, a former 1st Sgt. with 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, for his heroic actions April 25, 2018. As the ground force commander during combat operations, Master Sgt. Paquette, selflessly and with little regard for his own personal safety, exposed himself to enemy fire several times in order to retrieve a casualty, suppress the enemy by direct fire, and deliver several danger close aerial munitions. He enabled the assault force to eliminate the enemy and safely maneuver to the helicopter landing zones. 1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Mark Schwartz, deputy commanding general, Joint Special Operations Command presented the Silver Star to Master Sgt. Phillip Paquette, a former 1st Sgt. with 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, for his heroic actions April 25, 2018. As the ground force commander during combat operations, Master Sgt. Paquette, selflessly and with little regard for his own personal safety, exposed himself to enemy fire several times in order to retrieve a casualty, suppress the enemy by direct fire, and deliver several danger close aerial munitions. He enabled the assault force to eliminate the enemy and safely maneuver to the helicopter landing zones. (Photo Credit: Tracy A. Bailey, 75th Ranger Regiment Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL Maj. Gen. Mark Schwartz, Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command presented the Bronze Star Medal for Valor to Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz's daughter, Shannon Celiz. Sgt. 1st Class Celiz was killed in action July 12, in Paktiya province, Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The Bronze Star Medal for Valor was for a combat operation April 11, 2018, in which Celiz exposed himself on multiple occasions to accurate and precise enemy direct fire in order to accurately deliver multiple air to ground munitions within danger close distance of less than 56 meters of his and other friendly force positions. In doing so, he suppressed and destroyed enemy forces, which allowed for the successful evacuation of wounded task force personnel. 2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Mark Schwartz, Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command presented the Bronze Star Medal for Valor to Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz’s daughter, Shannon Celiz. Sgt. 1st Class Celiz was killed in action July 12, in Paktiya province, Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The Bronze Star Medal for Valor was for a combat operation April 11, 2018, in which Celiz exposed himself on multiple occasions to accurate and precise enemy direct fire in order to accurately deliver multiple air to ground munitions within danger close distance of less than 56 meters of his and other friendly force positions. In doing so, he suppressed and destroyed enemy forces, which allowed for the successful evacuation of wounded task force personnel. (Photo Credit: Tracy A. Bailey, 75th Ranger Regiment Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL

HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, GA. (USASOC News Service, March 12, 2019) – Fourteen Rangers from the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment received awards for valor and three were presented Purple Heart Medals in a ceremony on Hunter Army Airfield, March 8.

“We are here to recognize extraordinary Rangers who have gone above and beyond what was expected of them,” said Army Maj. Gen. Mark Schwartz, deputy commanding general, Joint Special Operations Command, who presented the awards.

Schwartz said the First Ranger Battalion has deployed 22 times in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He quantified the impact the battalion had during their most recent deployment by saying they conducted 198 combat operations that resulted in the killing or capturing of 1,900 terrorists. He attributed JSOC’s operational tempo as being responsible for “the ongoing dialogue with the Taliban.”

Master Sgt. Phillip Paquette was awarded a Silver Star, the nation’s third highest honor for battlefield valor, during the ceremony. As the ground force commander of a joint task force in Afghanistan, his unit engaged the enemy April 25, 2018. According to his award citation, Paquette selflessly and with little regard for his own personal safety, exposed himself to enemy fire several times in order to retrieve a casualty, suppress the enemy by direct fire and delivered several danger close aerial munitions.” Paquette’s actions enabled the assault force to eliminate the enemy and safely maneuver the unit to the helicopter landing zone for exfiltration.

Paquette, who has 17 years of Army service, all with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

“Though the award is an individual award, it’s all about the men serving with me,” Paquette said with humility. “We won’t leave anyone behind. We do what we do for the person to the left and to the right wearing tan berets and scrolls on our left and right sleeves. Serving as a Ranger is a lifelong relationship.”

Paquette is currently attending the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Eight Bronze Star Medals for Valor were also presented during the ceremony, including two to Staff Sgt. Nicolas Volk-Perez and one to the eight-year-old Shannon Celiz, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, who gave his life during the deployment.

Five Rangers received Joint Service Commendation Medals for Valor and three were presented Purple Heart Medals.

“It is truly an honor to serve with men like you,” Schwartz said to the award recipients.
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