- HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Two Air Force Special Operations Command
Airmen were selected for one of the Air Force's most prestigious
awards, the 2013 Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award.
The award recognizes Airmen who embody the highest forms of leadership
in all aspects of their lives. It calls for candidates to demonstrate
leadership through responsibility, professional leadership, leadership
image and community involvement.
Maj. Randall Harvey, a special tactics officer assigned to the 320th
Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, is the recipient in
the junior officer category.
Master Sgt. Delorean Sheridan, a Combat Controller assigned to the 21st
Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C., is the recipient in the
junior enlisted category.
Both Airmen possess common traits when it comes to leadership: humble attitudes, and respect for their people.
Harvey, a captain at the time of his nomination, was awarded two Bronze
stars (one with valor), the nation's third highest combat decoration,
in May 2013 for his leadership in combat. He was the lead Combat Controller allocating airpower to maneuver six teams during a
seven-day, 500-person assault in Afghanistan.
As the only Airman on an Army Special Forces team, he engaged in a
two-day operation where he controlled 14 different airstrikes, killed
39 enemies and wounded 15, according to the award citation.
He also exposed himself to enemy fire during an engagement, in order to
cover friendly forces and allow his teammates to remove the wounded
from the danger zone.
Harvey doesn't take much credit for the award, but instead speaks about his people.
"I am deeply humbled to win this prestigious award," said Harvey.
"Awards like this say less about me as an individual and more about
those who I have worked with along the way."