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RELEASE NUMBER: 130320-01
DATE POSTED: MARCH 20, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY: Soldiers from 3rd SFG (A) to receive awards for valor

3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 20, 2013) The deputy commander of 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) will host a ceremony recognizing the valorous actions of 16 Soldiers while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The ceremony will take place on March 21 at 3 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Auditorium adjacent to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School building.

In all, three Soldiers will receive the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device, three Soldiers will receive the Purple Heart, and 13 Soldiers will receive the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device.

The Valor device denotes those individuals who were awarded a decoration in recognition of a valorous act performed during direct combat with an enemy force. It may also denote an accomplishment of a heroic nature in direct support of operations against an enemy force.

Col. Heinz P. Dinter, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) deputy commander, will host the ceremony. Brig. Gen. Christopher Haas, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), commanding general, will present the awards.

FOR THE MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the ceremony must contact the United States Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office at (910) 432-6005. 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 March 21 before 10 a.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 the information to the PAO when responding to this invitation. Special needs or interview requests should be submitted as well.

Media should meet the PAO at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at Stryker Golf Course on Bragg Boulevard. The media convoy will depart Stryker no later than 1:45 p.m. PAO representatives will also escort live trucks in that convoy.