The Air Force Cross and 10 other medals for valor were awarded at a ceremony Tuesday to airmen who fought in a deadly battle Nov. 2 in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan.
“Kunduz province is an ancient land. It is home to legendary stories,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said during the ceremony. “But it is not peaceful there. It is highly contested. It is at a strategic crossroads in northern Afghanistan and a prime target for the Taliban. … That night, the joint team and our airmen responded with extraordinary courage, over and over again.”
Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter, a combat controller assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the Air Force Cross — second only to the Medal of Honor — for that mission to the village of Boz Kandahari. There, his team‘s objective was to capture or kill a high-value Taliban leader, Wilson said.