Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Award of Air Force Cross to John A. Chapman
The Air Force Cross
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,
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. 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 Jon D. Harston (here, next to this marker); Award of Air Force Cross to Zachary J. Rhyner 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). Touch for a list and map 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. • Heroes • War, Afghanistan •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 27, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.