Wyatt Wilson was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with a “V” decoration for bravery. Wilson rescued the life of another Marine when a suicide bomber assaulted the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26. After the Taliban took control of Kabul, more than 120,000 individuals evacuated. He was recognized for screening evacuees under the continual threat of assault from an exposed posture.
David R. Pitt, command sergeant major of the United States Marine Corps, inspected the location on August 25 and indicated he might have predicted an assault. On the operation that saved 153 lives a C-17 conducting evacuation operations was hit by small arms fire while landing in Afghanistan. In only 40 minutes, the crew was able to unload their cargo enabling operators to begin searching for Americans who needed to be evacuated. The aircraft commander, Captain Matthew McChesney, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with a “V” for heroism.