National Cemetery’s Visitor Center; The
Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Combat Control School is hosting an
ceremony of a display featuring Operation Enduring Freedom casualty,
John Chapman in the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center.
the display will be an Air Force Cross Medal and written citation. The
Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable James G. Roche, will read the
citation during the ceremony.
Sgt. John A. Chapman, 36, of Waco, Tx., was
killed in action in eastern Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda on
March 4, Chapman’s aircraft came under heavy
machine gun fire and was directly hit by a rocket propelled grenade.
damaged, the aircraft made an emergency landing seven kilometers
away. Once on the ground, Chapman established
communication with an AC-130 gunship to ensure the area was secure
providing close air support coverage for the entire team. He
then directed the gunship to begin the
search for the missing team member. He
requested, coordinated, and controlled the helicopter that extracted
stranded team and aircrew members. These
actions limited the exposure of the aircrew and team to hostile fire.
after, the team made contact with the enemy and Chapman engaged and
enemy personnel. Chapman exchanged fire with the enemy from minimum
cover until he succumbed to multiple wounds. His engagement and
the first enemy position and advancement on the second enemy position
his team to move to cover and break enemy contact.