RELEASE NUMBER: 120611-01
DATE POSTED: JUNE 11, 2012
MEDIA ADVISORY: Two Green Berets from 3rd SFG (A) to receive the Distinguished Service Cross
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 11, 2012) – The Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command will present the Distinguished Service Cross to two Green Berets from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) during an 11 a.m. ceremony June 12 in the John F. Kennedy Auditorium on Fort Bragg.
Adm. William H. McRaven will present the awards to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Myers and Staff Sgt. Corey Calkins, for their valorous actions during separate missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest award for valor and is awarded to a person who distinguishes himself by extraordinary heroism and personal risk to his life while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing/foreign force.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Myers is being recognized for his actions during an ambush while on a joint patrol with Afghan National Police on March 23, 2010, in Khowst Province. Although wounded, Myers repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to save two Afghan officers and ensure his team was able to clear the ambush site.
Staff Sgt. Corey Calkins is being recognized for his actions during an assault against Taliban in Marjah, on Feb. 18, 2010. As the sole combat advisor to a 69-man Afghan National Army Company, Calkins led an assault on enemy defensive positions. Rallying his partner forces, Calkins was able to pursue the Taliban fighters 1,500 meters in order to clear the area to call in MEDEVAC for three wounded Marines.
FOR THE MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the ceremony must contact the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Public Affairs Office at (910) 432-7589. Media should provide after-hours contact information, to include e-mail addresses, so we may keep you advised of any changes to the program schedule.
Members of the media who wish to cover the ceremony must register with the PAO by June 11 before 3 p.m. Please provide the number of news team members, video/still photographers, live trucks and other special equipment you plan to bring to the ceremony. Media planning live coverage during or after the program must provide that information when responding to this invitation. Special needs or interview requests should be submitted as well.
Media should meet PAO at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 at Stryker Golf Course on Bragg Boulevard. The media convoy will depart Stryker no later than 10 a.m. PAO representatives will also escort live trucks in that convoy.