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Dale C. Young

Home of record: Akron Ohio


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 Staff Sergeant Dale C. Young, United States Air Force, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed enemy of the United States while serving with the 23d Special Tactics Squadron near Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from 19 May 2009 to 23 May 2009. During that period, Sergeant Young served as the primary Combat Control Joint Terminal Attack Controller assigned to an Army Special Forces Team. While conducting Operation SIEGE ENGINE, Sergeant Young's element came under immediate and continuous enemy fire from the moment of infiltration and continued for the next 94 hours. Taliban insurgents maintained stiff resistance from as close as 150 meters from Sergeant Young's position. During the fighting, the enemy effectively utilized direct small arms fire, rocket propelled grenades and 107-millimeter rockets. Sergeant Young assumed great risk as he controlled up to eleven coalition aircraft and ensured safe and effective fires were placed on the enemy positions, while he simultaneously mitigated collateral damage. In fact, on numerous occasions enemy small arms and rocket fire impacted within ten meters of Sergeant Young's position. Sergeant Young's calm demeanor under fire, leadership in the face of grave danger and ability to simultaneously conduct precision attacks utilizing all forms of coalition aircraft in the chaotic environment, undoubtedly saved the lives of numerous personnel and ensured the destruction of a black tar opium cache valued at more than one billion dollars. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Young has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: May 19 - 23, 2009

Service: Air Force

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Battalion: 23d Special Tactics Squadron