Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Airman getting Medal of Honor

A Hurlburt Field airman who gave his life on the battlefield will be recognized Wednesday for his sacrifice. Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Air Force video of his March 2002 battle in Afghanistan shows Chapman and his reconnaissance team. They engaged the enemy in the rescue of a Navy petty officer who'd fallen from the chopper they were on, landing on an enemy-infested mountain top. Despite being wounded in the rescue, Chapman continued to fight, ultimately losing his life. During that battle 16 years ago, seven service members lost their lives in a battle that lasted more than an hour. Chapman becomes the 19th airman to win the nation’s highest military honor, and the first airman since the Vietnam era. (Source: WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida Daily News, 08/20/18)