29 Aug '16, 11pm

Congressman: TSgt Chapman deserves the Medal of Honor

An Air Force combat controller who was killed during a fierce firefight with al Qaida militants in Afghanistan in 2002 deserves the nation's highest honor for battlefield bravery, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, said in a letter Monday. The New York Times on Saturday reported that Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has recommended the Air Force Cross awarded to Technical Sgt. John Chapman for his heroism during the Battle of Roberts Ridge be upgraded to the Medal of Honor. If Defense Secretary Ash Carter does upgrade Chapman's award, it would be the first Medal of Honor awarded to an airman since the War on Terror began. Bolstering the Air Force's case, the Times reported, is newly enhanced video from a Predator drone that the service believes shows Chapman was unconscious, but not dead, when a team of Navy SEALs retreated from the battle under withering fire. The SEA...

Full article: https://www.airforcetimes.com/articles/congressman-tsgt-c...

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