Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Zachary J. Rhyner
The Air Force Cross
Zachary J. Rhyner
Senior Airman Zachary J. Rhyner distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed enemy of the United States in a valley in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on 6 April 2008. On that date, while assigned as Special Tactics Combat Controller, Airman Rhyner executed a day rotary-wing infiltration with his Special Forces team to capture high-value insurgents in a village on the surrounding mountains. The team was attacked in a well-coordinated and deadly ambush while climbing near-vertical terrain to reach their objective. Devastating sniper, machine gun, and rocket-propelled grenade fire poured down on the team from elevated and protected positions on all sides, immediately pinning down the assault force. Without regard for his life, Airman Rhyner placed himself between the most immediate threats and provided suppressive fire with his M-4 rifle to protect multiple wounded soldiers, while simultaneously directing close air support strikes. Airman Rhyner bravely withstood the hail of enemy fire to control eight Air Force fighters and four Army attack helicopters. Despite being hit three times by enemy fire during the opening exchange, wounded once
Erected by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 09-C.
Location. 32° 24.266′ N, 86° 14.978′ W. Marker is in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of McDonald Street and Avenue D. Click for map. Located at the USAF Senior NCO Academy on Gunter AFB and requires base access. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 McDonald Street, Montgomery AL 36114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham (here, next Award of Air Force Cross to Robert Gutierrez, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Timothy A. Wilkinson (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jon D. Harston (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Dustin H. Temple (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Zachary Rhyner. (Submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, Afghanistan •
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