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Mon September 17, 2012
Tactical Soldiers To Be Honored At Pope Air Field
Several tactical soldiers will get special recognition tomorrow at Pope Air Field in Fayetteville. Members of the 21st Special Tactical Squadron are being awarded for their service in Afghanistan. The unit is a highly-trained ground force that often works side-by-side with elite special operations forces such as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs. The Unit's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Spencer Cocanour says 38 soldiers will be honored.
He said,"Any given day at least 10 to 20 of them are going outside the wire. They're working with local villagers training them for their own security efforts, doing clearing operations or a bunch of other special operations."
Five of the honorees will be presented with the prestigious Bronze Star -- the nation's fourth-highest combat decoration. Many of the honorees are scheduled to arrive at the ceremony by way of a parachute jump onto Pope Field to begin the event.