Around the Air Force: Medal of Honor / PACAF Change of Command


HEY THERE EVERYONE, I’M
STAFF SERGEANT NICHOLAS KOETZ WITH YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE. MORE THAN 16 YEARS AGO
TECHNICAL SERGEANT JOHN CHAPMAN SACRIFICED HIS
LIFE TO SAVE THOSE OF HIS TEAM MATES. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDS THE MEDAL OF HONOR TO TECH
SERGEANT CHAPMAN’S FAMILY AT A CEREMONY
ON AUGUST 22ND. DURING A DARING RESCUE
ATTEMPT IN AFGHANISTAN, AND UNDER HEAVY ENEMY
FIRE, TECH SERGEANT CHAPMAN CHARGED UP-HILL
THROUGH DEEP SNOW TO ASSAULT AN
ENEMY POSITION . HE TOOK THE ENEMY BUNKER,
KILLING THE OCCUPANTS AND CLEARING THE POSITION. THEN WITH COMPLETE
DISREGARD FOR HIS OWN SAFETY HE MOVED TO CLEAR
A SECOND BUNKER WITH AN IMPLACED MACHINE GUN
FIRING ON HIS TEAM. HE WAS STRUCK, BUT
CONTINUED TO FIGHT AGAINST MULTIPLE ENEMIES BEFORE
MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. AIR FORCE SECRETARY
HEATHER WILSON SAID HE WILL FOREVER BE AN EXAMPLE
OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST
AND BRAVEST AIRMEN. AIRMEN IN THE PACIFIC AIR
FORCES GOT A NEW LEADER WHEN GENERAL C-Q BROWN
JUNIOR ASSUMED COMMAND THIS WEEK. AIR FORCE VICE CHIEF OF
STAFF GENERAL STEPHEN WILSON SAID WHEN IT CAME
TO PICKING A NEW PACAF COMMANDER, GENERAL BROWN
WAS THE OBVIOUS CHOICE. HE’S STEEPED IN THE
CRITICAL ROLE OF STRENGTHENING ALLIANCES
AND PARTNERSHIPS IN ORDER TO DETER AGGRESSION,
MAINTAIN STABILITY, AND ENSURE FREE ACCESS
TO GLOBAL DOMAINS. GENERAL BROWN IS NOW
IN COMMAND OF OVER 46-THOUSAND AIRMEN WITH
AN AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT COVERS MORE THAN
100 MILLION SQUARE MILES, STRETCHING FROM THE WEST
COAST OF THE U-S TO THE EAST COAST IN AFRICA AND
FROM THE ARCTIC ALL THE WAY TO THE ANTARCTIC. AND THAT’S YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE.

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