Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Alan T. Yoshida, a decorated combat controller known for his role in the “Horse Soldiers” campaign in Afghanistan in 2001, passed away at the age of 51. Yoshida received the Silver Star for his bravery during the early days of the war when he called in airstrikes that led to the liberation of Kandahar. His actions played a pivotal role in defeating the Taliban. He continued to support the Air Force special operations community after retiring, contributing to technological advancements and equipment modernization. A memorial for Yoshida is scheduled for December 16 in Hondo, Texas.