President Trump Medal of Honor Ceremony – Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman, Livestream…

President Trump awards a posthumous Medal of Honor for Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman. Chapman was considered a top performer in his field. He was an experienced static line and freefall jumper, as well as a combat diver. He was an expert in reconnaissance operations, air traffic control and terminal attack control operations, which integrates airpower onto the battlefield. He was also a dedicated husband and father to two girls.

Chapman was part of a joint special operations reconnaissance team in Afghanistan in 2002 taking part in Operation Anaconda, which worked to establish observation posts in strategic locations.

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On March 4, the team was trying to land on top of Takur Ghar Mountain to set up an observation post they could use to report al Qaida movement in the area. But as they tried to land, they were overwhelmed by gunfire from the enemy on the ground. Their Chinook helicopter was heavily damaged, and the assault threw Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts to the ground below.

The chopper managed to crash-land a few miles away, but all on board were determined to get back to the enemy-infested mountaintop to rescue Roberts. So, they boarded another Chinook and headed back to the top of the mountain.

The aircraft was again swarmed by enemy fire from all directions, but this time, it successfully dropped off all of the men on the team. Chapman immediately charged up a hill through thigh-deep snow to assault an enemy bunker, killing the insurgents inside and taking it over.

He could have been safe there, but he didn’t stay. Chapman ran to another enemy bunker that was firing a machine gun at his teammates. He was seriously wounded while doing so but he continued to fight for about an hour until he was overcome by enemy fighters. He lost his life, but he was credited with saving many of his teammates.

Chapman was given the Air Force Cross for his actions; however, after a review by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter, the secretary of the Air Force recommended that Chapman’s award be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

Chapman will be the 19th airman awarded the nation’s highest military honor since the Department of the Air Force was established in 1947. He’ll also be the first airman recognized with the medal for heroic actions occurring after the Vietnam War.

As is Air Force tradition, Chapman will be promoted to the rank of master sergeant.

Six other U.S. service members died during the Battle of Takur Ghar. They included Roberts, who fell out of the initial helicopter, Air Force Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, Army Cpl. Matthew Commons, Army Sgt. Bradley Crose, Army Spc. Marc Anderson and Army Sgt. Philip Svitak.

“John would have, so I’ll say it for him – every American who set foot on that mountaintop acted with great courage and selflessness and deserves all of our praise and admiration for the sacrifices they made,” said retired Air Force Col. Ken Rodriguez, Chapman’s commander at the time. (link)

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83 Responses to President Trump Medal of Honor Ceremony – Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman, Livestream…

  1. FL_GUY says:

    President Trump, a true Commander and Chief, doing the RIGHT THING for our military and the USA, every day!!! God Bless President Trump!

    Liked by 36 people

    • lieutenantm says:

      But the guy is still dead…….as that fella side in his book “Johnnie Got his Gun” ?

      Liked by 2 people

      • JoAnn Leichliter says:

        Read that book many years ago, when I was in high school. It was banned during WWI, as I recall. It is a moving book, and I believe a movie was made. It did not, however, convert me to pacifism…

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      • Texian says:

        Tragically, yes he is. But those men bravely chose their own path, bravely lived their dream, bravely followed their orders, bravely did their duty. They truly Lived..

        This supernal concept is hard for most to comprehend..

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        • topavalley says:

          Love your comment and thank you for introducing me to a new word that is so fitting for Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman.

          su·per·nal
          1) relating to the sky or the heavens; celestial.

          2) of exceptional quality or extent.

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        • Critical Mass says:

          Profound thoughts there, Texian. Yes, it is difficult for most people to comprehend, but it is also possible to be awed by and respect those warriors who have lived and died by this code without fully comprehending it.

          John Chapman is up there with Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, the French policeman who exchanged himself for a hostage held by a Muslim terrorist during the siege of a supermarket at Trèbes in the south of France in March 2018. Beltrame was also a qualified parachutist.

          The quality that both men have in common is that they put themselves in death’s way knowingly. They did not choose to die, but chose to live and act by a code that meant walking the path of danger. .It was not done on impulse or impelled by blind rage. “Supernal” is a wonderful word to describe these heroes.

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  2. Shark24 says:

    God bless Sgt. Chapman, his family and all our military.

    Liked by 38 people

  3. duchess01 says:

    John 15:13
    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

    King James Version (KJV)

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  4. DanO64 says:

    Thank You TSgt. Chapman

    Liked by 18 people

  5. YvonneMarie says:

    How does President Trump stay calm with all this corrupt disgusting bullying onslaught from the demented enemies of the Republic of the USA???
    God & Truth helps.
    This fight is epic.
    Don’t kid yourself either; this fight is world wide.
    Hang in there Americans.
    We can cripple the Deep State in November.

    Liked by 23 people

  6. Turranos says:

    All gave some and some gave all. So glad to see this tribute for John Chapman. I love how our POTUS is constantly setting a great example. I sure hope people take notice of all the things he is doing on our behalf.

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  7. JK says:

    Here is the whole story of that fateful day on Takur Ghar:

    https://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/the-battle-of-roberts-ridge/

    Liked by 13 people

  8. JoD says:

    Why would DICK Bluminthal (CT), Mr. I fought in Viet Nam, but I didn’t Bluminthal, want to be present at a ceremony honoring a military hero?
    Even more nauseating, DICK is standing on the handshake line. After exchanging a few words, DICK admiringly shakes President Trump’s hand. This is the same DICK who repeatedly demeans and insults the President. Bizarre.

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    • ristvan says:

      Chapman was from Connecticut. Blumenthal needs all the cover he can wrangle, given his slimy lies about himself.

      Liked by 5 people

    • annieoakley says:

      Blumenthal is RI IIRC

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    • Annie says:

      JoD, Since you commented about the Dick from your state of CT. Let me add a few comments about the two looser senators from Pa. that attended the ceremony. Bobby Casey never worked a day in his life, he rode on the coattails of his father. Pat Toomey, Bobby’s bi-partisan buddy, couldn’t clear his busy schedule (weak excuse,’scheduling conflicts”) to attend a big rally for candidate Trump. I was there, he wasn’t.
      I was especially glad when our president made the comment of removing himself (although he is a special kind of hero) and the politicians as heroes. I hope that it cut right through to their empty hearts.
      Neither of them could have qualified to shine St. Chapman’s boots.

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      • Daniel M. Camac says:

        Annie, I totally agree with all of your points. But we know our VSGPDJT is fighting a war that, if we lose, could take down the whole country. I am in no way taking away the honor and respect given to St. Chapman and unfortunately their are so many more of our warriors who don’t get any recognition. But President Trump is fighting the War of Wars and we are his warriors. Let him be triumphant in his battle! #MAGA

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  9. fleporeblog says:

    I am in complete awe every time our President presents the Medal of Honor to an American Hero. The ceremony is always so moving because it means that much to our President. The love he has for our men and women that serve to protect our country is breathtaking.

    I hope this incredible day lifts up the beautiful family of Sgt. Chapman. He is and always will be a HERO!

    Liked by 24 people

  10. Sunshine says:

    There are no words to describe these outstanding acts of dedication and bravery.
    I thank God every day for POTUS Donald Trump for acknowledging these heroes and their families, something Obama shunned.

    Liked by 12 people

    • piper567 says:

      Sunshine,
      I do not come from a Military family.
      These stories are a way for me to learn of the unbelievable acts of courage and bravery that must be multiplied many times during the dangerous escapades of our military heroes.
      I am amazed and astonished by the bravery of these men in the most horrific of situations, and become more appreciative of the work they do on our behalf each time these ceremonies take place.
      God bless our President for his desire to honor the few who obtain this particular honor.
      He educates us all in the reality of military operations with his detailed stories, and I am a more grateful citizen bc of this President and his focus on our military heroes.

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  11. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Chapman was given the Air Force Cross for his actions; however, after a review by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter, the secretary of the Air Force recommended that Chapman’s award be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.”

    Gee, I wonder why BHO did not do that? /sarc
    (He must have been too busy playing golf {poorly} and watching ESPN)

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  12. daughnworks247 says:

    Stunning valor.

    Liked by 10 people

  13. woohoowee says:

    USAF established in 1947. Wow. Think of the technological advances since then!

    Liked by 4 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “the technological advances”

      Too bad the politicians did not amend the constitution to authorize the USAF, as well as the FAA & FCC (not safe or practical to leave air traffic control and radio waves to each state). I guess the politicians were too busy doing “other things” than do things correctly.

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      • ristvan says:

        DI, you clearly have neither read nor understood the Constitution and its interpretation—even by strict Scalia standards. Your comment is sheer and utter nonsense. You may believe it, but you are dead wrong. Ponder the meanings of A1 S8.3, and A2 S2.1 in light of Scalia’s tome, ‘The Interpretation of Legal Texts’. Its only 608 pages of his strict constructionist thinking.

        The Constitution mentions an army and a navy because airplanes had not yet been invented. But because they were in 1908 does NOT mean we have to amend the Constitution to regulate them in commerce between the states via FAA or to establish an Air Force out of what in WW2 was the Army Air Force. What, younwant an amendment to also legitimize the Marine Corps cause it isn’t strictly Navy? Pleae keep such fringe uninformed opinions out of this Treehouse.

        You need to study basic con law thinking and decisions like Marbury v. Madison, 5 US137 (1803) (cause it aint explicit in the literal Constitution that SCOTUS has the right to rule on the constitutionality of Acts of Congress. The counter is that Congress also has the right to decide what is constitutional, place that in a real politic context and you see how dangerous the counter is. Which is precisely what first Chief Justice John Marshal explained in his most famous opinion. ) Need anamendment to legitimize Marbury v. Madison, also? Ridiculous. Btw, checked, and the wikipedia entry on this is pretty good for nonlawyers.

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      • ristvan says:

        One more Lurking Lawyer comment. The brilliance of the founding fathers’ Constitution is shown by how few amendments have been necessary despite the enormous changes since its writing. Not by how many a pure literalist interpretation would require.
        Some were absolutely necessary as societal values changed, like 13 and 14 (abolition of slavery). Some were populist mistakes that had to be later repealed (17 Prohibition and its repeal by 21) and some were basic societal choices as norms advanced (19 Womens Sufferage, 22 Presidential 2 term limit back to George Washington’s example after FDR).
        Study con law. Revere the foundational living document it is, as I do.

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        • Blade says:

          You need to study basic con law thinking and decisions like Marbury v. Madison, 5 US137 (1803) (cause it aint explicit in the literal Constitution that SCOTUS has the right to rule on the constitutionality of Acts of Congress. The counter is that Congress also has the right to decide what is constitutional, place that in a real politic context and you see how dangerous the counter is. Which is precisely what first Chief Justice John Marshal explained in his most famous opinion. ) Need an amendment to legitimize Marbury v. Madison, also? Ridiculous. Btw, checked, and the wikipedia entry on this is pretty good for non lawyers.

          I agree the original comment went a tad too far in wanting Amendments for USAF ( the reason the Army and USN were mentioned at all in the Constitution was because of the wariness of We The People of the secret convention of delegates intending to revise the Articles Of Confederation replacing King George’s tyranny with a homegrown one, so it was explicitly authorized in the text and subsequently ratified by the several States ). However, Marbury v Madison probably should have been codified in an Amendment, at least the judicial review portion since it was a sea change and obviously never mentioned in the very sparse Article III text. The real danger of Marbury wasn’t in judicial reviews, someone had to do it ( review Constitutionality ), but was in the side effect of the precedent of intentional political compromise carefully crafted by Marshall to give the illusion of victories by both sides. This has carried forth to this day with great consequence and since there is no compromise between good and evil, all evil attacks on the USA via the courts necessarily win in incremental steps over time. Compromise is not rational with evil, and not rational in binary decisions ( is something Constitutional or not? ). BTW, that must be a typo, John Marshall was NOT the first Chief Justice obviously. That was John Jay of course!

          One more Lurking Lawyer comment. The brilliance of the founding fathers’ Constitution is shown by how few amendments have been necessary despite the enormous changes since its writing. Not by how many a pure literalist interpretation would require. Some were absolutely necessary as societal values changed, like 13 and 14 (abolition of slavery). Some were populist mistakes that had to be later repealed (17 Prohibition and its repeal by 21) and some were basic societal choices as norms advanced (19 Womens Sufferage, 22 Presidential 2 term limit back to George Washington’s example after FDR). Study con law. Revere the foundational living document it is, as I do.

          On this I disagree. We are increasingly seeing each day since ratification and accelerating now more than ever that our Founders made a huge error in trusting future human nature maintaining the standards.of integrity of their own exceptional generation. Adams famous quote: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” is in full effect. What have is a government full of elected, appointed and contracted liars, I mean lawyers, and almost all of them live to pursue loopholes to push their agendas. The Constitution and the Republic itself cannot ever survive exploitation of loopholes as it is impossible to enumerate every eventuality and even moreso when evil people are seeking to undermind it. With a glimpse into their future of the past 100 years, the Founders would have written a much different document, sold it differently, and likely Amended it many more times. The violations are now too numerous to list, but I’ll just point out that the 16th Amendment essentially replacing the restraining effect on government growth by using tariffs with a socialist personal tax on its citizens, which in turn leads to red ink to the tune of $21 Trillion debt and rising exponentially, well, this alone proves that humans cannot be trusted to stay within the four corners of any compact. Well, honest humans can, but not humans amenable to crime, and that may be most of us today.

          The Founders did not adequately conclude the original revolution, for example my enemy cesspool hometown of NYC probably should have been burned to the ground, the Earth salted, and the loyalists should have been tracked down, captured and placed on those British prison ships in the East River. The loyalists who did not leave the country and flee to Britain merely embedded themselves into the England-sympathizing Federalist “party” and their legacy is the uniparty ruling class of today. However, even the most ardent Federalist central government worshipers of the day ( Hamilton, Adams, Marshall ) would be mortified if they could now see what their likely well-intentioned incremental steps in central government power yielded in the long run.

          Sadly, despite an overwhelmingly contemporaneous acknowledgement of the Federalist betrayal of original intent witnessed by their utter destruction in 1800 and then being replaced by an unprecedented six terms, 24 straight years of Democratic-Republican Jeffersonians in the White House and Congress, this still couldn’t right the ship steered into the reefs by the previous three terms. That is the most important fact to take away from the Founding generation. They effectively waited them out, and continued ballooning the government without losing a step. Evil is like water seeking its level and exploiting holes and weak spots in the foundation. The foundation was well thought out and designed, but the enemy was vastly under-estimated. The Constitution cannot withstand the Socialist onslaught since they have effectively co-opted it and use it to protect their previously successful incremental steps. How it ends, I don’t know. Probably bloody. The easy answer is nine Constitutionalists on the Supreme Court and/or 535 Constitutionalists in Congress, either could simply strike down any Socialist action by citing the routine response given by the Democratic-Republican Presidents ( Jefferson, Madison, Monroe ) to the Congressional over-reach in 1801-1825: “I see no enumerated power granting Congress the right enact legislation that does xxx, therefore I veto this bill”. But that never happened in the past 100 years. Alternatively, a quick way to reset is repeal of the 16th Amendment and/or another Amendment that prohibits any transfer of wealth from one person to another. What are the odds, Zero. We don’t want to amend, we don’t want to repeal, we want no convention. Business as usual means the progressive disease of Socialism will win. I fear that only bloodshed will arise since our choices seem to be surrender or fight.

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  14. Blue bongo says:

    Years later I served with Sgt Chapman’s fellow TACPs in Iraq and Afghanistan. We can all sleep better at night because of those warriors. RIP John, 1 James 27. We will never forget.

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  15. Mac says:

    We are incredibly blessed to have such men defending us. Sometimes, after reading some of the bilge the sinister side of the political spectrum vomits forth, I wonder how it is we keep finding such men. If men such as MSgt. Chapman ever decide it is time to sort out the treasonous mess here at home, St. Peter will get the dubious pleasure of meeting a lot of leftists in short order.

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  16. Curry Worsham says:

    Valerie Nessel, the Widow of Sergeant Chapman said (in an NBC interview) something very important:

    “People need to realize that our men and women are still defending us in every corner of the globe right now. Just because we don’t have lots of casualties and big battles going on anymore; they’re still out there fighting everyday and we’ve forgotten about it.”

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    • nccosmiccurmudgeon says:

      The Sgt may no longer be with us, but the lessons he learned, his dedication, and his Patriotism lives on in these words spoken by his wife.

      It is truly amazing that men and women like this continue to live among us and selflessly volunteer to ensure those that can no longer serve are able to live in comfort and safety.
      We must do all that we are capable of to ensure these people have our Nations unconditional support.

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  17. Michael says:

    I am not worthy.

    Liked by 5 people

  18. Monticello says:

    MSgt Chapman and his family richly deserve to be honored. Glad to see the presentation by our gr8 president.
    (On a personal note this makes me feel my years, I retired before the action he was cited for occurred. It was very strange to witness 9/11 as a recent retiree from the USAF. The US Air Force is the greatest fighting force the world has ever known!)

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  19. Alex50 says:

    This is the kind of American that should be honored and admired, not the jokers who play make believe heros in the movies.

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  20. Alex50 says:

    This is the kind of American that should be honored and admired, not the jokers who play make believe heroes in the movies.

    Liked by 9 people

  21. Phooey says:

    Words cannot do this justice. What a bond between these soldiers, the willingness to give *everything* and know that the man next to you would do the same for you, it gives me goosebumps and has me fighting back tears at work as I read this account. The word “hero” gets thrown around a lot — heroic doesn’t begin to describe what took place on that mountain.

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  22. iconoclast says:

    Thank you, Master Sergeant Chapman. A grateful nation recognizes honors your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.

    Liked by 4 people

  23. alliwantissometruth says:

    Valor. Honor. Courage. Integrity. True Sacrifice

    Those are the things which make hero’s. Those are the things which keep us free. Those are the things that teach others & those are the things to be looked up to

    Those things have nothing to do with…

    Kneeling before a game
    BLM lies
    Riots
    Shutting down speech
    Wealth distribution

    Those are the things of cowardice, thuggery,childishness, treason & deception

    One builds great societies & the foundations of freedom

    One tears societies & people apart & destroys freedoms

    God Bless our military

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  24. IMO says:

    Report: Medal of Honor approved for Air Force combat controller Tech. Sgt. John Chapman
    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/04/20/report-medal-of-honor-approved-for-air-force-combat-controller-tech-sgt-john-chapman/

    Tech. Sgt. John Chapman a warrior and hero.

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  25. 335blues says:

    John Chapman was a man’s man.
    Selfless bravery.
    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~John 15:13
    I salute you, Sir.

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  26. I’m always so in awe of these heroes when I hear of what they did…I doubt I could ever be so brave.

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  27. Kerry Gimbel says:

    I never tire of these ceremonies. Gives me goosebumps. Some men and women are simply larger than life.

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  28. trumpismine says:

    Sargent John Chapman is the true definition of a Hero. God Bless men like these who give their life for the man next to him and our beloved nation.

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  29. Yes very moving , well deserved , . Years ago read book about battle “Good Day to Die , battle of Roberts Ridge “. ( named after Seal that fell out of helicopter and killed by Taliban) . It was a crazy nasty battle on top of mountain ,a lot of miscalculations and controversy , just a few guys inserted against strong entrenched enemy ( overconfident Seals ?) , most cotraversial part , Seal team of 5 or 6 guys retreated back down mountain , decided that Chapman was dead and left him ( and swore that he was for years after ) but apparently he was knocked unconscious and regained consciousness and restarted fight alone , heroic and tragic . Finally second helicopter warned not to land where first tried because of intense enemy fire , but landed in exact same spot and that team was shot up badly ( the five other deaths were in that group and others wounded ) , trapped in or near their damaged helicopter . Again well deserved and great for family .

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    • youme says:

      Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
      Sean Naylor ( Author )

      ROBERTS RIDGE: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain,
      Malcolm MacPherson (Author)

      from a comment re: Robert’s Ridge

      I understood my son’s deep grief better after reading the book and valued better his own …

      I can’t speak to all elements of the account. However, the author has accurately captured the colorful language, speech patterns, and behavioral impressions of one of the Rangers who climbed up the mountain: my son. He portrayed him correctly right down to his boot soles and SAW. If he did his portrayal of the other men on that mountain as realistically as my son’s then he at least captured the thinking and actions of the men involved from their perspectives including background information.

      If you want tight action description and an armchair tactical analysis of the battle, then this is not it. However, if you want to understand the deep confusion and chaos of a small unit action on a tall mountain surrounded by savage enemies, then this is the right account. All the Ranger dead were my son’s friends. I understood my son’s deep grief better after reading the book and valued better his own contributions to try to save his friends.

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  30. Janie M. says:

    A fitting tribute to our Warriors.

    POPE FIELD, N.C. — Four bronze busts in the likeness of Air Force Cross recipients were unveiled during a ceremony honoring the Airmen Dec. 6, 2012 at the Combat Control School at Pope Field, N.C. These busts honor Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, Senior Airman Zach Rhyner, Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, and Capt. Barry Crawford.

    https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/261275/air-force-cross-recipients-honored-at-pope-field/

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  31. Alison says:

    Sundance, I am so grateful you take time to honor our military with these posts. There will never be enough ways to thank those who serve, and the families who lose them. My prayers are always with them.

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  32. Curt says:

    Great post! This Airman was a credit to humanity and certainly to his country. I remember the incident well. This is a very appropriate and deserved award. He should have been awarded the CMoH right off, but because he’s an enlisted rank, it didn’t happen. That’s the way of proprieties in the military. During WWII General Douglas McArthur was given the CMoH for leaving his troops on Corregidor and escaping to Australia. He was subsequently euphemistically known as “Dugout Doug” among the troops… General Wainwright was left holding the bag and did the best he could. He received NO notoriety…. Thousands and thousands of men acted heroically that we will never hear or know about…… God Bless Airman Tech Sgt. John A. Chapman

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  33. linda4298 says:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/2020-odds-trump-favored-more-than-every-other-challenger-combined Despite a wave of troubling headlines, President Trump’s odds of winning re-election have surged and are far higher than any challenger, according to a leading online gambling site.

    What’s more, said BetOnline.ag, more gamblers are betting on a Trump victory than on every single other competitor of either party, of which the site lists 45.

    Trump currently stands as a 3/2 bet to win re-election. His closest challenger is California Sen. Kamala Harris, listed at 10-1.

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  34. dave says:

    Where do we find men like this?
    And thank GOD that we do.

    Requiescat in pace.

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  35. SteveM says:

    All right. Who is chopping onions?

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  36. Bendix says:

    Donald J. Trump was born for moments such as this one.
    God bless Sergeant Chapman, and God bless our president.

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  37. Deb says:

    God bless Sergeant Chapman and his family, President Trump and all of our military heroes.

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  38. Doug Amos says:

    Marrillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin was on Bloomberg. She said the world has never been a more dangerous place and that President Trump has dramatically and wisely greatly increased defence spending. Thanks to him, a $90+ million F35 as well as unmanned choppers and huge protections for America’s intellectual properties has been approved. Mr Trump loves the military but most of all he loves what it can do for his country. Mrs Hewson is ranked as the 22nd most powerful woman in the world; Oprah is ranked higher. How’s that for misplaced priorities?

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  39. Republicanvet91 says:

    Some asked why it took so long.
    In a word….politics. Maybe indifference.

    Britt Slabinski, Navy SEAL was awarded the MoH for the same action.

    http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/moh/slabinski.html

    I don’t know the details of why it took so long before Chapman’s initial Air Force Cross was reviewed, but once it was in review, some of the details of the delay suggest politics were involved.
    I don’t recall all of the details, but there may also have been suggestions that the SpecWarfare command or others did not want to admit they may have left someone alive on the mountain.

    It was dark.It was an intense firefight. Things went to hell right from the start. Decisions were made that people will have to live with.

    I agree with and believe those on the mountain believed Chapman was killed. I cannot see any soldier, sailor, Marine, airman or anyone who has been in combat willing to leave someone alive on the battlefield just to save their own ass.

    An extensive article on the review is in the NY Times. From 2 years ago.

    RIP Msgt Chapman.

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  40. ❌ ZurichMike ❌ says:

    Please take the time to watch the video clip of the 20 minute ceremony. It is very, very moving.

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  41. Jon B says:

    CMOH is greeeeat….But WHEN does TSgt. Chapman get a USAF base named after him, huh? HAs a nice ring: Chapman AFB….(A fellow airman inquires…)

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  42. Winwares says:

    Thanks for your service Chapman

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