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SECAF awards Air Force Cross, 10 medals to Air Commandos

Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, pins the Air Force Cross on Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter, a Special Tactics Airman with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, during a combined medal ceremony Oct. 17, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The SECAF awarded ten Air Force Special Operations Command Air Commandos valorous medals, including the Air Force Cross, for their combined efforts during a fierce firefight in a village near Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on Nov. 2, 2016. Hunter, a combat controller, was awarded the Air Force Cross and nine aircrew members on Spooky 43, an AC-130U Gunship with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, received Distinguished Flying Crosses and Air Medals with valor. Their actions on the ground, and in the air, were credited with saving more than 50 lives and eliminating 27 enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)

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