HomeNewsArticle Display

Medal of Honor recipient John Chapman memorialized at 352nd Special Warfare Training Squadron

MSgt John Chapman was commemorated during a Medal of Honor dedication at Pope Army Airfield on May 30th.

A life-size figure of Master Sgt. John Chapman stands in the center of the Benini Heritage Center at Pope Army Airfield, N.C., May 30, 2019. The statue was commemorated during a Medal of Honor dedication highlighting his heroics in battle. Master Sgt. Chapman is the first Airman posthumously awarded the medal since the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Jolene Bottor-Ortiona)

MSgt John Chapman was commemorated during a Medal of Honor dedication at Pope Army Airfield on May 30th.

Special Warfare Airman and trainees listen as Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. Wilson speaks about Medal of Honor recipient, Master Sgt. John Chapman during a Medal of Honor dedication at Pope Army Airfield, N.C., May 30, 2019. A life-size statue of Master Sgt. Chapman was commemorated during the Medal of Honor dedication highlighting his heroics in battle. Master Sgt. Chapman is the first Airman posthumously awarded the medal since Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alexander Goad)

Pope Army Airfield, N.C. (AFNS) --

Master Sgt. John Chapman was commemorated during a Medal of Honor dedication at Pope Army Airfield, May 30.

A life-size figure of Chapman, a hand-drawn portrait and a replica of his Medal of Honor were unveiled and placed on permanent display at the Benini Heritage Center, a nationally-recognized museum that is part of the 352nd Special Warfare Training Squadron, home of the Combat Control Apprentice Course. An outdoor memorial ceremony hosted by Col. James Hughes followed the reveal, with Ms. Valerie Nessel, the spouse of Chapman and other Gold Star spouses: Melanie Sather and Tabitha Brown and memorial keynote speaker, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. Wilson.

Hughes extended his thanks to the Gold Star families that came out to the event, stating that their presence means more to the Special Warfare community than they realized. His sentiment was met with a standing ovation in thanks of their enduring support.

“Pope Air Force Base, now Pope Army Airfield, is a special place in the history of Air Force combat control and special tactics over the past four decades. It is a special place for John Chapman, where you have the combat control schoolhouse he went through,” Hughes said. “Memorializing him here, where we forge the next generation of Special Tactics warriors is particularly fitting.”

Combat control is the most highly-decorated career field in the Air Force for acts of valor since the Vietnam War. The museum was put into place upon the building of the schoolhouse in order to inspire the students and instructors on a daily basis. The figure of Chapman and the replica of his Medal of Honor are placed at the entrance to the schoolhouse as a centerpiece for the museum, to both inspire and remind students of the sacrifices of the fallen.

“This is truly the intersection of heritage and heroes,” Wilson said. “Every Airman here has measured themselves or has been inspired in past centuries by heroes like Levitow, Pitsenbarger, Sijan. They will do the same for John Chapman and they will do it for years to come.”

Prior to the event, Nessel had the opportunity to address the upcoming graduating class of combat controllers.

“It is particularly impactful that John’s legacy is standing guard over the future of our combat control community; a community I consider to be family.” Nessel said. “I hope John’s dedication and sacrifice continue to inspire the next generation of heroes who are answering the call to serve and protect our nation and that they always remember the stories of those who have gone before them, so their names are never forgotten.”

Maj. Michael Bain, 352nd Special Warfare Training Squadron commander, was a close friend and teammate of Chapman’s. He and others made it possible to have the likeness and Medal of Honor replica housed in the Heritage Center.

“(Chapman) understood the capabilities that combat controllers bring to the fight and it was a badge of honor to know that he was on my team,” Bain said. “He was the first friend to go, and sometimes, I don’t feel like we talk enough about him. Having him memorialized at the schoolhouse feels like a way of bringing him home.”

For more information on Msgt. John Chapman and his heroism, visit: https://static.dma.mil/usaf/medalofhonor-chapman/

Engage

Twitter
The MQ-1B Predator is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft used for i… https://t.co/livZYQyXnH
Twitter
Dr. Quinton Sasnett, a faculty member at Air University, talks about the university's civilian associates degree pr… https://t.co/0BgoCiGCUy
Twitter
Improving mental health through expressive writing. @KadenaAirBase https://t.co/zVoYTQQl5z
Twitter
Medical pros at Kadena Air Base, 3-D printed naso-pharyngeal swabs to test potential #COVID19 patients. The dental… https://t.co/h8q1HgLjRZ
Twitter
The MC-12W is a medium-to low-altitude, twin-engine turboprop aircraft. Its primary mission is providing intelligen… https://t.co/st7WRJLDHB
Twitter
Know what resources, treatments & therapies are available for invisible wounds. https://t.co/H2A7fYb8s3
Twitter
“The Total Force team at Eielson plays a pivotal role that extends throughout Alaska and projects into the Arctic.”… https://t.co/7nSYEtYWHj
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: 🙌🎉 Congrats to the @usairforce's newest pilots as Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 20-18 graduates today at @…
Twitter
.@JointBasePHH Airmen participate in a ramp drop from a C-17 Globemaster III. The 25th Air Support Ops Squadron is… https://t.co/AZVT6Qzmgv
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: It is a pleasure to be in #Alaska to see #Airmen and #SpaceProfessionals in action! Whether it’s F-35s & F-22s protectin…
Twitter
RT @EielsonAirForce: When @SecAFOfficial comes to visit, we show off the 'cool stuff' https://t.co/sGCSnVOOXg
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: A career worth a thousand words: Colonel Campbell reflects on career in aviation - https://t.co/atNAeYOoMI (Story by @Dobb
Twitter
The Air Force will host the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower conference virtually August 24–27.… https://t.co/9pRjj6U1lp
Twitter
A Rocket Propelled Grenade was launched at a Dyess AFB C-130J in September 2019. The Airmen had to respond quickly! https://t.co/fgfNkCjA4a
Twitter
#DYK The UH-1N has a crew of three (pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer) and is capable of flight in instrument and… https://t.co/Qcj74Tk4ra
Twitter
.@GenDaveGoldfein has left a lasting impression on @HollomanAFB. #DYK Among his many tours, he was once commander o… https://t.co/ET8q1w8ywO
Twitter
The United States Air Forces in Europe Fire Academy & 86th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters get advanced rescue… https://t.co/AUHlxm0nPt
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Thank you to the #Airmen and #SpaceProfessionals at Clear Air Force Station and @EielsonAirForce Base for sharing their…
Twitter
#DYK The F-16A, a single-seat model, first flew in December 1976. The first operational F-16A was delivered in Janu… https://t.co/B72dKcCrnr
Twitter
#DYK The C-17 made its maiden flight on Sept. 15, 1991, and the first production model was delivered to Charleston… https://t.co/edfO5R1YEm
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,251,557
Follow Us