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Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman

 
 
Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
1. Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman Marker
Inscription.
Citation to Accompany the Award of
The Air Force Cross
to

John A. Chapman

Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as a 24th Special Tactics Squadron Combat Controller in the vicinity of Gardez, in the eastern highlands of Afghanistan. On 4 March 2002, during his helicopter insertion for a reconnaissance and time-sensitive targeting close air support mission, Sergeant Chapman's aircraft came under heavy machine gun fire and received a direct hit from a rocket propelled grenade. A United States Navy Sea-Air-Land team member fell from the aircraft. Though heavily damaged, the aircraft made an emergency landing seven kilometers away. Once on the ground Sergeant Chapman made contact with an AC-130 gunship to insure the area was secure while providing close air support for the entire team. He then directed the gunship to begin the search for the missing team member. He requested, coordinated, and controlled the helicopter that extracted the stranded team and aircrew members, limiting their exposure to hostile fire. Without regard for his own life, Sergeant Chapman volunteered to rescue his missing team member from an enemy stronghold. Shortly after insertion,
Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
2. Wide view of AF Cross memorial plaques.
Sergeant Chapman engaged and killed two enemy personnel. He continued to advance, and engaged a dug-in machine gun nest. When the rescue team came under effective enemy fire from three directions, Sergeant Chapman exchanged fire with the enemy from minimum personal cover until he succumbed to multiple wounds. His actions enabled his team to move to cover and break enemy contact, saving the lives of the entire rescue team. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, and in the dedication of his service to his country, Sergeant Chapman reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
 
Erected 2004 by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 04-B.
 
Location. 32° 24.265′ N, 86° 14.977′ 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 Jon D. Harston (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Zachary J. Rhyner
SSgt John A. Chapman image. Click for full size.
By USAF Photo
3. SSgt John A. Chapman
(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 Jason D. Cunningham (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles L. Schaub (here, next to this marker); 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). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
 
Regarding Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman. John A. Chapman ("Chappy") was killed on a rescue mission during Operation Anaconda on March 4, 2002, in Afghanistan.

The MV TSgt John A. Chapman (T-AK-323), a Military Sealift Command Buffalo Soldier-class container ship was renamed for Pope Air Force Base combat controller Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman, on 8 April 2005.
 
Categories. HeroesWar, Afghanistan
 
Enlisted Air Force Cross Description image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 23, 2016
4. Enlisted Air Force Cross Description
The AF Cross is awarded for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy, to any person while serving with the U.S. Air Force, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing enemy force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces, engaged in conflict against an opposing force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. It is awarded for heroic actions second in precedence only to the Medal of Honor and is presented in the name of the President. It was established by Congress by Public Law 88-593 on 6 July 1960.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016.
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