Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis, a combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, will receive a Silver Star for his actions during an intense 10-hour firefight near Mosul, Iraq, last October.
Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, will award Lewis the medal during a ceremony Jan. 19 at Hurlburt Field, Florida, the Air Force said Wednesday.
Lewis was attached to a platoon of Navy SEALs as a joint terminal attack controller, escorting more than 300 Kurdish peshmerga forces. Their mission was to clear an unknown number of Islamic State fighters from two Mosul-area villages behind enemy lines on Oct. 20, 2016, according to the citation accompanying Lewis’ Silver Star medal, provided by the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt.