Medal of Honor
Staff Sgt. Robert Miller
Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller distinguished himself by extraordinary acts of heroism while serving as the Weapons Sergeant in Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3312, Special Operations Task Force-33, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan during combat operations against an armed enemy in Konar Province, Afghanistan on Jan. 25, 2008. While conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol through the Gowardesh Valley, Miller and his small element of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers engaged a force of 15 to 20 insurgents occupying prepared fighting positions.
Following the engagement, Miller led a small squad forward to conduct a battle damage assessment. As the group neared the small, steep, narrow valley that the enemy had inhabited, a large, well-coordinated insurgent force initiated a near ambush, assaulting from elevated positions with ample cover. Exposed and with little available cover, the patrol was totally vulnerable to enemy rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapon fire.
As point man, Miller was at the front of the patrol, cut off from supporting elements, and less than 20 meters from enemy forces.
While maneuvering to engage the enemy, Miller was shot in his upper torso. Ignoring the wound, he continued to push the fight, moving to draw fire from over one hundred enemy fighters upon himself. He then again charged forward through an open area in order to allow his teammates to safely reach cover.
After killing at least 10 insurgents, wounding dozens more, and repeatedly exposing himself to withering enemy fire while moving from position to position, Miller was mortally wounded by enemy fire. His extraordinary valor ultimately saved the lives of seven members of his own team and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers.
Miller’s heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty, and at the cost of his own life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Distinguished Service Cross
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Myers
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Myers distinguished himself along a single lane road in the mountains of Afghanistan March 27 where his patrol was ambushed by an enemy force of approximately 75 to 100 insurgents. During this ambush Myers took command of the situation by directing movement, returning fire and providing medical aid all while exposing himself to enemy machine guns and rocket propelled grenades.
Staff Sgt. Corey Calkins
Staff Sgt. Corey Calkins distinguished himself on Feb. 18, 2010 as part of a dismounted patrol consisting of U.S. Army, Marines and Afghan National Army Soldiers. During this patrol Calkins faced a formidable size enemy force in fortified positions. Facing this threat, Calkins assaulted his way through the area successfully suppressing the enemy force to allow the safe evacuation of three injured Marines.
Additional Valor Awards
The 3rd SFG (A) has been heavily deployed in support of the War on Terror, with Soldiers serving with distinction during that time. As a whole, Soldiers from 3rd SFG (A) have earned numerous awards for serving above and beyond the call of duty in combat. In addition to the Medal of Honor and two Distinguished Service Crosses, Soldiers form the 3rd SFG (A) have earned:
|Bronze Star with Valor Device||183|
|Army Commendation with Valor Device||239|