Senior Airman Mark Forester, an Air Force combat controller, was killed on Sep. 29, 2010 when he was leading a rescue team in the volatile Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, to rescue a fallen comrade.

Forester and his team were advancing on a suspected ambush in a known enemy safe haven inside of Jangalak Village when they were engaged by a “well equipped and tenacious enemy” according to Forester’s Silver Star citation.