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Kentucky Air Guardsman earns Air Force Cross for valor in Afghanistan | 123rd Airlift Wing

Kentucky Air Guardsman earns Air Force Cross for valor in Afghanistan | 123rd Airlift Wing

While serving as a joint terminal attack controller attached to a combined joint special operations assault force in Afghanistan on Aug. 16, 2017, Tech. Sgt. Daniel P. Keller embarked on a clearance operation in against 350 Islamic State fighters. After 15 hours of sustained contact, the assault team struck an IED, killing four personnel, wounding 31, and causing a traumatic brain injury to Keller.  He struggled to his feet  and executed air-to-ground engagements while returning fire, repulsing an enemy assault less than 150 meters away.

Only 10 Airmen have received the Cross for Valor since 9/11.

Source:  https://www.123aw.ang.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1960713/kentucky-air-guardsman-earns-air-force-cross-for-valor-in-afghanistan/

 

 

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