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PRESS RELEASE: 96th Civil Affairs Soldier to receive Silver Star during valorous ceremony

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 21, 2014) – Seven Soldiers with the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) will receive medals for valor during a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Memorial Auditorium, Fort Bragg.

Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, commanding general for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, will award one Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals with Valor Devices, and four Army Commendation Medals with Valor Devices recognizing the Soldiers for their selfless service and dedication to duty.

Staff Sgt. Michael P. Pate, a native of Charleston, S.C., will be presented the Silver Star Medal for actions during a routine civil reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan. The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration for valor in the United States Armed Forces.

FOR THE MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the ceremony must contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office at (910) 432-6005 by Wednesday, January, 3 p.m. Media should provide after-hours contact information, to include e-mail addresses in case of any changes to the program schedule.

Please provide the number of news team members, video/still photographers, live-feed trucks and other special equipment you plan to bring to the ceremony. Special needs or interview requests should be submitted a this time as well.

Media should meet representatives from the USASOC PAO office at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Stryker Golf Course parking lot on Fort Bragg Blvd.