A combat controller who received a Bronze Star for his actions during five days of fierce fighting in Afghanistan in 2006 will have his medal upgraded to a Silver Star, the third-highest award for valor.
Chief Master Sgt. Michael West of the 720th Operational Support Squadron originally received a Bronze Star for his actions during the battle at Panjwai Village, Afghanistan. The Air Force decided to upgrade his medal after a Defense Department-directed review of medals awarded since 9/11, the Air Force said in a release Thursday.
The Silver Star will be awarded Dec. 15.
West — who at the time was a master sergeant with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida — was the joint terminal attack controller attached to a team of Army Green Berets during the Sept. 3-9, 2006, fighting in support of Operation Medusa, a Canadian-led offensive against the Taliban in Panjwai District.