Lt. Col. Chris Larkin, commander of the squadron, said the ceremony was
special because the citations gave the airmen’s families a peek into top-secret
“They are all quiet professionals and they are not proven to boast about what
they have done outside the confines of the team room with their teammates and a
cold beverage,” Larkin said during the ceremony.
Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command,
called the Special Tactics airmen America’s finest.
Fiel predicted that most of them would say they were just doing their
He saved the lives of three teammates and was credited with turning the tide
of the battle, defeating an ambush and preventing more casualties, according to
the citation that accompanied his medal.
“But running 300 meters through a gauntlet of (enemy) fire without regard to
one’s own safety, as Tech. Sgt. Campbell did, is more than just doing your job,”
Fiel said. “Exposing one’s self to direct fire on three separate occasions … and
personally engaging insurgents as Master Sgt. Huhman did, is more than just
doing your job.
“Physically engaging forces with direct and lethal fire as Senior Airman
Sibley did, again, is more than just doing your job.”
Fiel said the airmen had a devotion to duty and a commitment to the causes
their country puts before them.
Tech. Sgt. Clint Campbell received the Silver Star and the Airman’s Medal for
his actions Aug. 4, 2010, during combat near Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
As predicted, Campbell said after the ceremony that he was doing what he was
trained to do. He also said the award represented a team effort.
“We accomplished a lot, and this is just a reflection of some of the stuff
that we did while we were deployed,” Campbell said. “At that point, it was ‘do
whatever you need to do for your teammates.’ ”
His parents, Dwight and Sandy Campbell came from Jacksonville for the
ceremony. They expressed their pride afterward.
“It’s what he does. It’s the kind of person he is, and we’re very proud of
that,” Sandy Campbell said.
Larkin said it takes two years to become a Combat Controller. He commended
those who chose the career path after 9/11 when the country was at war.
“I think all of the airmen in Special Tactics have incredible dedication and
tenacity and desire to serve their nation,” Larkin said. “Sgt. Campbell is like
most of our airmen when put in a position. They go out and do the job that we
train them to do. Our training is very in-depth and very realistic, so that when
it comes time to execute the mission it’s like their second