Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, air combat command director of operations, presents retired Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hutchins, 18th Air Support Operations Group joint terminal attack controller, with the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony, Nov. 4, 2016 at Pope Army Airfield in North Carolina.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: This Airman Dove Into A River To Recover 2 Men While Under Fire
This airman broke cover, charged across open ground, and blew up an enemy fighting position days after diving into a river under fire to try to rescue two soldiers.
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient with B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Platoon Sergeant Who Repelled Dozens Of Iraqi Troops With A .50 Cal
In 2003, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith almost single handedly prevented Baghdad International Airport from being overrun.