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3rd Special Forces Group Soldiers to Receive Valor Awards

FORT BRAGG, NC An award ceremony recognizing the valorous actions in Afghanistan of 43 Soldiers from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, N.C., will take place Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 9a.m. in the John F. Kennedy Auditorium adjacent to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School building.

Two soldiers from 3rd SFG (A) will receive the Silver Star, 10 soldiers will receive the Bronze Star with Valor device, six soldiers will receive the Purple Heart, and 25 soldiers will receive the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device.

The Valor device denotes an act of valor performed by individuals during direct combat with an enemy force. It may also denote an accomplishment of a heroic nature in direct support of operations against an enemy force.

Lt. Gen. John Mulholland Jr., commander, United States Army Special Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Michael Repass, commander, United States Army Special Forces Command and Col. Gus Benton II, commander, 3rd SFG (A) will present the awards.

FOR THE MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the ceremony must contact 3rd SFG (A) Public Affairs Officer at (910) 432-3044. Media should provide after-hours contact information, to include e-mail addresses, so we may keep you appraised of any changes to the program schedule.

Members of the media who wish to cover the ceremony must register with the 3rd SFG (A) PAO by Monday, Dec. 14 before 1 p.m. Please provide the number of news team members, video/still photographers, live-feed trucks and other special equipment you plan to bring to the ceremony. Media planning live coverage during or after the program must provide that information to the 3rd SFG (A) PAO when responding to this invitation. Special needs or interview requests should be submitted at this time as well.

Media should meet representatives of 3rd SFG (A) PAO at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Stryker Golf Course on Bragg Boulevard. The media convoy will depart Stryker no later than 8 a.m. 3rd SFG (A) PAO representatives will also escort live-feed trucks in that convoy.

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