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Steve R. Giovenella


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Operation Allied Force

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Steve R. Giovenella, United States Air Force, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Pilot of an F-16 Fighter Plane in action near Pristina Airfield, Serbia, on 12 May 1999. On that date, Captain Giovenella led a two-ship flight of F-16s on a search for an SA-6 missile site near heavily-defended Pristina airfield, in central Kosovo. While the F-16s were collecting imagery of the area, Serb gunners opened fire with a thick stream of anti-aircraft artillery fire from three different AAA sites. Captain Giovenella controlled his wingman during successful attacks on two of the actively firing sites and, when his wingman had expended his ordnance, attacked the third enemy AAA site. With rounds detonating above and perilously near his canopy, Captain Giovenella guided his bombs directly onto the AAA site, sending a sorely needed message to Serbian forces that there was a price to pay for shooting at NATO forces. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Giovenella has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May 12, 1999

Service: Air Force

Rank: Captain