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Captain Matthew M. Savage distinguished himself as the Director of Operations, Data Masked unit. During this time, Captain Savage expertly led the Air Force’s most elite ground special operations force for Presidential and Secretary of Defense directed operations. Despite his junior rank, Capt Savage was selected as the Operations officer for a deployed Joint Task Force, where he planned and executed a United States and United Kingdom joint operation resulting in the capture of one of Britain’s most sought after terrorist suspects. Captain Savage was responsible for briefing US Ambassadors, State Department officials, interagency senior leaders and combatant command officers on Advance Force Operations, human intelligence and a 300-man surrogate force integration plan that resulted in full concurrence for combat execution.

Technical Sergeant Howell M. Simpson distinguished himself as an EC-130J Commando Solo Dedicated Crew Chief while assigned to the 193d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. He represented the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in the development of the initial Consumable Readiness Spares Packages which supports the Commando Solo Narrowband/ Baseband (NB3) modification and evolving missions with EC-130J “Super-J” aircraft. He has unselfishly deployed numerous times. Also, Sergeant Simpson was a lead trainer for the 27th SOAMXS/522 AMU for Cannon AFB maintenance Crew Chiefs as they prepare to receive the new MC-130J aircraft.

Technical Sergeant Jason S. Weiss distinguished himself as Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge at his Data Masked unit. Sergeant Weiss deployed to Afghanistan filling a physician billet for a select joint medical unit. He provided unmatched care to a 1,300 member Task Force and certified 125 Afghan citizens for airlift. During his tour, Sergeant Weiss encountered an individual on the camp who had lost consciousness. He immediately began CPR, coordinated transport, and continued care in the Emergency Room. His decisive action and outstanding care saved a valuable teammate’s life. Additionally, Sergeant Weiss garnered Distinguished Graduate honors at the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy.

Captain Benjamin G. Williams distinguished himself as Flight Commander, Twenty-third Air Force, Cannon Air Force Base. Captain Williams powered a team of 15 highly skilled Total Force Airmen to build 247 analytical intelligence products for 437 Joint Special Operations Task Force targets in the command’s newest Distributed Ground Station squadron supporting two major combat areas of operations. The team’s intelligence analysis during 9,843 hours of persistent surveillance drove 12 airstrikes, kept 725 elite special operations forces safe during 37 direct action missions, and resulted in 109 enemy killed or captured, including the elimination of a senior Taliban suicide vest facilitator.

Airman First Class FNU Winarto distinguished himself as Cultural Advisor, United States Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field. As Hurlburt Field’s only active-duty native Indonesian speaker, Airman Winarto seized the opportunity to mentor 42 combat aviation advisors in pre-deployment cultural and linguistic immersion, including in-flight training. Additionally, he translated over 240 pages of Indonesian technical documents, saving over $7,000 and accelerating deployment preparations by two weeks.

Senior Airman Justin T. Wroolie distinguished himself as Electrical and Environmental Systems Journeyman, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Wroolie displayed natural leadership ability when he led MC-130W pressurization testing after an in-flight gun boot failure while deployed in support of Operation NEW DAWN. His dedication to the mission ensured the high demand aircraft was promptly returned to service which contributed to 281 combat sorties and 156 enemies captured. His maintenance actions also led to the first MC 130W Dragon Spear successfully firing munitions in combat and recording the first enemy killed in action from that aircraft.


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