For Immediate Release (Photos, video links at the bottom)
December 10, 2020
SECAF PRESENTS AIR FORCE CROSS TO SPECIAL TACTICS AIRMAN
24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.
– Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett presented a Special Tactics Airman with the Air Force Cross during a ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, December 10. 2020.
U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Alaxey Germanovich, an ST combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, was awarded the nation’s second highest medal for gallantry against an armed enemy of the U.S. in combat.
Germanovich, a native of Boiling Springs, S.C. was honored for his actions supporting Operation FREEDOM’s SENTINEL. On April 8, 2017, Germanovich was attached to a team of Army Special Forces and Afghan Commandos while on a mission to clear a well-fortified valley in Nangahar Province, Afghanistan. During an enemy ambush, Germanovich repeatedly exposed himself to sniper and machine gun fire while directing numerous danger close airstrikes from an AFSOC AC-130 gunship within 35 meters of his position.
“This Air Force Cross is a tribute to your persistence [Staff Sgt. Germanovich],” said Barrett. “You risked your life and weathered blistering enemy fire to save the lives of others.”
In attendance were Col. Matthew Allen, 24th Special Operations Wing commander, the U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) team Germanovich was attached to during the combat operations, and Germanovich’s family and friends.
Following the ceremony, Germanovich led those in attendance in memorial pushups to commemorate the event, the firefight and the ultimate sacrifice paid during the clash by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, a Special Forces Soldier assigned to 7th SFG (A) and a member of the team Germanovich was assigned to.
“This battle was a case study in toughness and extraordinary competence,” said Allen. “But it was also a case study in love. The type of love that demands teammates fight for one another and give everything they have.”
Germanovich’s actions as the air-to-ground liaison for his special operations forces team were credited with protecting the lives of over 150 friendly forces and the lethal engagement of 11 separate fighting positions.
Special Tactics is the Air Force’s ground special operations force that leads global access, precision strike, personnel recovery and battlefield surgical operations.
Since 9/11, Special Tactics Airmen have received one Medal of Honor, 12 Air Force Crosses and 50 Silver Star Medals.
For photo coverage: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6451019/secaf-presents-air-force-cross-special-tactics-airman
Award recipient and 26th Special Tactics Squadron Interview A-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/776138/ssgt-germanovich-interview-roll
Air Force Cross Ceremony B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/776147/secaf-presents-air-force-cross-special-tactics-airman
Video Feature: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/776130/falling-back-training
Full Ceremony Livestream: https://fb.watch/2iwsLBp9TM/
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