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Combat controller continues Special Tactics legacy of valor
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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Photo by: Senior Airman Ryan Conroy  |  VIRIN: 161116-F-BH566-001.JPG