10 Aug '18, 5am

Air Force releases Battle of Roberts Ridge footage of airman slated to receive Medal of Honor

Newly released overhead surveillance footage shows the final moments of Tech Sgt. John Chapman, an Air Force combat controller, who will receive the Medal of Honor this month for his bravery during one of the Afghanistan War’s early battles. Chapman received the Air Force Cross posthumously for his actions on Roberts Ridge in March 2002, as part of an elite special operations team charged with locating and targeting al-Qaida fighters entrenched on Takur Ghar mountain in eastern Afghanistan along the Pakistan border. President Donald Trump will present the upgraded award – the nation’s highest military honor -- to Chapman’s spouse, Valerie Nessel, on Aug. 22. The award is at least partially the result of new drone footage, officials said. Chapman will become the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and just the 19th in the service’s history. In ...

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