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Jason W. Myers

Place of Birth: Pennsylvania, Lewisburg
Home of record: West Perry Pennsylvania

Jason Myers is among the very few individuals who have received TWO of the three highest valor medals in the War on Terror. He earned the Distinguished Service Cross in Afghanistan in 2010, and the following year, was awarded the Silver Star for his heroism once again in Afghanistan.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Warrant Officer 1 (WO-1) Jason W. Myers, United States Army, for acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Assistant Detachment Commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 3321 (ODA-3321), Special Operations Task Force-East during combat operations against an armed enemy in Khost Province, Afghanistan, on 27 March 2010. During a joint ground vehicle patrol with members of the Afghan National Police, Warrant Officer One Myers' detachment was ambushed by an enemy force of approximately 75 to 100 insurgents, who promptly disabled the lead vehicle which exposed the entire column to an enemy kill zone. As the patrol was barraged by heavy volumes of enemy fire, an unarmored truck became disabled, further hindering the patrol's movement. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he ran forward to the disabled truck and found two Afghan National Police officers taking cover behind the truck, one of whom had a serious gunshot wound to his right leg. He dragged the wounded policeman 20 meters through intense enemy fire to temporary safety, ignoring multiple shrapnel wounds he sustained during the attack. Warrant Officer One Myers returned to the disabled truck and turned the steering wheel, allowing the truck to be pushed into a ravine, clearing the path to advance. Still dismounted, he moved ahead without cover for over 100 meters while engaging the enemy, which allowed the Afghan policemen pinned down by enemy fire to mount their vehicles and advance the patrol. He continued on foot through the kill zone, providing supporting fire to the patrol and relaying verbal communication to his commander. His heroism inspired his teammates to continue to fight and maneuver the patrol out of the kill zone. Warrant Officer One Myers' actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, Operational Detachment Alpha 3321, Special Operations Task Force-East, United States Forces-Afghanistan and the United States Army.

Action Date: March 27, 2010

Service: Army

Rank: Warrant Officer 1

Company: Operational Detachment Alpha 3321 (ODA-3321)

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Warrant Officer Jason W. Myers, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy on 10 November 2011, while serving as Assistant Detachment Commander, Operational Detachment Alpha-3321, Special Operations Task Force-East, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Mister Myers distinguished himself by exposing himself to accurate enemy fire multiple times while maneuvering to Chamkani District Center where he courageously entered on 3 separate occasions throughout the night with multiple suicide bombers barricaded inside to rescue 15 hostages. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan, the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan, The United States Forces-Afghanistan, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD:Chief Warrant Officer Two Jason W. Myers, United States Army, heroically distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of the enemy of the United States as Assistant Detachment Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) 3321, Special Operations Task Force-East, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 10 November 2011, insurgents (INS) assaulted the Chamkani District Center (DC) which is in close proximity of Village Stability Platform (VSP) Chamkani. The INS seized control of the DC, killing three Afghanistan National Police personnel, and established fighting positions on the first and second floor along with a second building within the DC compound. Utilizing those fighting positions, the INS opened fire on VSP Chamkani with Small Arms Fire, Light Machine Guns (PKM), and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), wounding one Afghan Security Guard. Mister Myers quickly assembled a five man assault force comprised of two United States Special Forces (USSF) operators and three Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) members. He ordered a platoon of Commandos (CDO), already mounted on armored Ground Mobility Vehicles, to follow the assault force to the western Entrance Control Point (ECP). Mister Myers and his element were under intense, accurate PKM fire as they maneuvered toward the DC. He directed all Local Nationals (LN) to close their shops in the adjacent bazaar and seek cover from the incoming fire. With information received from the LN at the bazaar, Mister Myers learned that an INS force of 5 to 10 personnel had seized the DC and taken numerous hostages. He also learned that three of the INS were wearing suicide vests and were in possession of a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device. Mister Myers and the assault force aggressively and rapidly secured the DC ECP while under INS PKM and RPG fire from the occupied floors of the DC building. Despite the incoming fire, the assault force of six personnel bounded to the southern main entrance of the DC building. Mister Myers was first to enter the INS-occupied DC and was followed by the remaining two USSF personnel and three AUP members. Once in the DC lobby, one AUP member kicked open a door and encountered two INS who immediately fired their AK-47s on full automatic. A second INS element opened fire from the second floor balcony and stairwell. Shutting the door did not hinder the INS inside the room from suppressive firing through the door. When an assaulter finally breached the door and threw a fragmentation grenade to clear the barricaded room, Mister Myers, without regard for his own personal safety, rushed past the stalled AUP members and entered the room. He identified one dead INS, however the room could not be immediately declared clear due to the amount of dust from the grenade's detonation. As the dust settled, Mister Myers entered deeper into the long, rectangular room. A barricaded INS engaged him by throwing hand grenades. As the first grenade flew past his head, Mister Myers aggressively and without concern for his own personal safety, advanced and engaged the INS with his rifle. The INS was able to throw a second grenade which landed near the doorway. As this happened, Mister Myers dove for cover, finding a barricade between him and the INS. When the second grenade detonated, Mister Myers was wounded by shrapnel in both of hands, arms, buttocks and legs. Using the reduced visibility created by the explosion to his tactical advantage, he engaged and killed the INS. After backing out of the room, and ignoring his wounds, Mister Myers ordered another grenade thrown into the room to cover the withdrawal of the assault force. He established security and covering fire, allowing the assault force to move back to the DC ECP without suffering further casualties. The ODA immediately conducted a tactical callout, during which nine hostages were rescued from the DC building. After the first group of hostages exited the building, Mister Myers dispatched a ladder and a seven man assault force which retrieved an additional five hostages from the second story. With all hostages rescued, Mister Myers personally led a small element which successfully cleared four of the five DC compound buildings. In the last building, a booby-trapped RPG and grenade detonated injuring five members of the clearing team. Mister Myers, ignoring his own injuries, immediately established a Casualty Collection Point and treated the wounded. He also advised the accompanying Afghan forces to cease clearing until sunrise. After 15 hours under extremely dangerous conditions, Mister Myers led the final clearing operation into the booby-trapped building, clearing it without incident. He then led the Explosive Ordnance Disposal clearance operation, as well as the Sensitive Site Exploitation of all DC facilities. Mister Myers' heroic actions while assaulting an occupied INS stronghold by continuously exposing himself to INS fire to position friendly forces and relaying communications were undoubtedly responsible for the rescue of 15 hostages, neutralization of all INS elements, and limited the number of friendly casualties. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan, the United States Forces- Afghanistan, and the United States Army.

Action Date: November 10, 2011

Service: Army

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer

Company: Operational Detachment Alpha 3321 (ODA-3321)

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne)