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Dan
08-04-2007, 09:24
RELEASE NUMBER: 070703-05
DATE POSTED: JULY 03, 2007

Green Berets awarded Silver Stars for valor in Afghanistan
By Capt. Christopher A. Colster
USASOC Public Affairs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (July 3, 2007) — A pair of Special Forces Soldiers received the Silver Star during an award ceremony here, July 2.

Captain. Kenneth M. Dwyer and Staff Sgt. Rodney Scalise were recognized with the military’s third highest valor award for their gallantry under enemy fire during a battle on Aug. 19, 2006, in Afghanistan.

“When we hear the words, ‘gallantry and valor,’ we see it in everything that they did that day. This does not happen frequently,” said Lt. Gen. Robert W. Wagner, Commanding General of the US Army Special Operations Command. “The Silver Star is extremely rare. I only wish that some of these children were older and could better understand what heroes their fathers are.”


TWO MEDALS, BUT ONE TEAM

Dwyer and Scalise, both of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), were deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the award citations, Scalise and Dwyer were conducting a combined Afghan National Army (ANA) and U.S. Special Forces patrol in the vicinity of Yakden Village in the Cahar Cineh Region, Oruzgan Province, when they were ambushed by a numerically-superior Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) Force. Both men’s actions in battle led to the survival of their Special Forces detachment.

With ANA and U. S. Forces pinned down in a “U” shaped ambush, Dwyer moved his vehicle though small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire to draw enemy fire and establish a support by fire position to provide relief for the pinned down Soldiers. Dwyer then charged from his position to draw the attention of enemy fire to free the pinned down forces. He continued to engage the enemy forces until friendly forces were again able to maneuver.

Dwyer returned to the position of the Operational Detachment 785 commander and assisted him in coordinating indirect fires. He then used various individual and vehicle-mounted weapons systems to fire into the enemy’s positions until he was critically injured by an air burst RPG.

Scalise, a Special Forces medic, also jumped into action upon contact and manned a 240B Machine Gun until he became aware of casualties. At that time, he dismounted his armored vehicle, moved over 100 meters through heavy enemy fire, and began triage of three casualties.

He quickly identified that the most severely wounded individual, an airman attached to the detachment who had already succumbed to his wounds. Moving to the next casualty, Capt. Dwyer, Scalise provided lifesaving first aid to him and another SF team member.

To protect both casualties, he supervised their movement in the back of an open-bed truck to a more secure location. With the casualties out of the battlezone, Scalise got back in his vehicle and fought his way through a three-kilometer rolling ambush back to the team’s basecamp where he continued to care for his two charges.

During the ceremony, Dwyer thanked his family, teammates and others for their sacrifices that allowed him to perform so well. Most of all, though, Dwyer thanked his medic, Scalise, for saving his life.

“I don’t have the words or actions now, or for the rest of my life, to explain to Staff Sgt. Scalise how grateful that I am” said Dwyer.

Scalise acknowledged the personal significance of his Silver Star, but said he feels that the award symbolizes the heroism of his team during its battle with enemy forces.

“To me this is all not necessary. I wasn’t the only one there that was doing the right thing – I just happened to be the medic” said Scalise.

He also stressed Dwyer’s role in his own destiny.

“The one most responsible for saving the life of Capt. Dwyer is Dwyer himself. The real reason that he is alive today is that he is extremely hard headed,” chuckled Scalise.

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The Old Guy
08-04-2007, 09:54
Captain Kenneth M. Dwyer and Staff Sgt. Rodney Scalise is why this country continues to be the greatest country on this earth. They are also the reason that we live free and enjoy what we do, as they stand guard on the fence while we sleep.

Thank you for your unwavering service to us!

The Reaper
08-04-2007, 09:56
Well done, gents.

I believe that the AF controller story is posted elsewhere here.

TR

Goggles Pizano
08-04-2007, 10:52
Outstanding job! Congratulations to both men!

Roguish Lawyer
08-04-2007, 10:55
Awesome!

HOLLiS
08-04-2007, 11:29
Congratulations to a Job well done.

sg1987
08-04-2007, 17:23
Modern day Spartans!!

SF_BHT
08-04-2007, 17:36
Outstanding performance. Keep up the faith and fight.

Savoy6
08-04-2007, 21:01
Well deserved. Congrats to both of the Desert Eagles.

- Former TF 31 Desert Eagle -

Team Sergeant
08-04-2007, 22:20
Great work gents!

Roycroft201
08-04-2007, 23:29
Congratulations, Capt. Dwyer and Staff Sgt. Scalise.

Gypsy
08-05-2007, 10:30
Well done, Captain Kenneth M. Dwyer and Staff Sgt. Rodney Scalise. Thank you for all you do.

vsvo
08-05-2007, 23:14
Well done and thank you, gents.

echoes
08-06-2007, 13:04
Captain Kenneth M. Dwyer and Staff Sgt. Rodney Scalise:

Congradulations! And thank You for everything You do.

Holly

Deadhead 63A1
08-24-2007, 19:52
Ken and I went through the course together. You'll never meet a more soft-spoken, humble individual. A true "Quiet Professional." Kudos, Ken. Great job...

Razor
08-24-2007, 21:19
Most of you are probably more perceptive than I, but in case you missed it, CPT Dwyer appears to be missing his left hand, which shows the seriousness of at least one of his injuries. Great job, SSG Scalise, and thank you for your sacrifice to save your brothers, Captain.

gagners
09-05-2007, 07:03
Thank you gents, and congratulations.

Indicative of these great men:
“To me this is all not necessary. I wasn’t the only one there that was doing the right thing – I just happened to be the medic” said Scalise

HQ6
10-05-2007, 14:13
Most of you are probably more perceptive than I, but in case you missed it, CPT Dwyer appears to be missing his left hand, which shows the seriousness of at least one of his injuries. Great job, SSG Scalise, and thank you for your sacrifice to save your brothers, Captain.

Ken lost his left eye as well. He is a good guy.