Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to Dustin H. Temple
The Air Force Cross
Dustin H. Temple
Senior Airman Dustin H. Temple distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States in Helmand Province, Afghanistan from 27 to 29 September 2014, while attached to a U.S. Special Forces team, Airman Temple displayed extraordinary bravery and complete disregard for his own life as he and his teammates assaulted an insurgent safe haven. As overwhelming hostile fire continually suppressed his team and following a teammate being gravely wounded by a sniper, Airman Temple put himself in a direct line of fire to drag the wounded teammate off a rooftop and across one hundred meters of open terrain. After he returned to the compound, enemy fighters surged within 40 meters, Airman Temple immediately directed F-16s into danger close strafing runs, killing 1 insurgent and repelling the assault. As supplies dwindled, he braved open terrain again to retrieve critical ammunition from a resupply helicopter. Against continuous machine gun fire he called in F-16 close fire support so that he and his team could retrieve supplies, exposing themselves to the enemy in open terrain three times. At the end of the 48-hour engagement, he controlled 28
Erected by Maxwell-Gunter AFSNCOA Class 07-C.
Location. 32° 24.268′ N, 86° 14.982′ 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. Touch 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 Ivan M. Ruiz (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 Zachary J. Rhyner (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jason D. Cunningham Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman (a few steps from this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Timothy A. Wilkinson (a few steps from this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Jon D. Harston (a few steps from this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Charles D. McGrath (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.
Also see . . . AF Times article: He saved 80 lives: Why not the Medal of Honor?. (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, Afghanistan •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.