Staff Sgt. Alaxey Germanovich will receive the Air Force Cross for his actions in Afghanistan in 2017. While serving under Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component-Afghanistan alongside Army Special Forces and Afghan commandos, Germanovich ran through open ground during a firefight to direct multiple aircraft strafing runs. He also moved to place himself between the enemy and his team, including Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar who was killed in action, while returning enemy gunfire. The Air Force stated that over 150 friendly forces made it out due to his actions.