Park County News Extra

April 29, 2005
Updated: June 28, 2005
Updated: September 13, 2005

 

LOCAL AWARDED BRONZE STAR WITH VALOR

A1C Kyle Sharp, a US Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member assigned to the 9th Air Support Operations Group at Ft. Hood, Texas, was recently awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device for combat action in Fallujah, Iraq during the fall of 2004. (Medal Citation narrative reproduced below.)

Kyle Sharp in Iraq The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Armed Forces of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The bronze "V" identifies the award as resulting from an act of combat heroism or "VALOR", thus distinguishing it from meritorious achievement awards.

A1C Sharp is the son of Bailey, Colorado residents Carl and Sharon Sharp. The Sharps own Bailey Guns in the Rustic Square. A1C Sharp entered the Air Force in July 2003.

September 2005: Kyle Sharp has now deployed to Afghanistan to participate in close air support of the 82nd Airborne combat operations.

Added June 28, 2005...
Following is a representation of the citation text for the award:

Citation to Accompany the Award of
The Bronze Star Medal with Valor
To A1C Kyle Sharp
For Combat Heroism
1 November 2004 to 19 November 2004
Fallujah, Iraq


Airman First Class Kyle E Sharp distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as a Tactical Air Command and Control Specialist, 9th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron, 3rd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, Camp Liberty, Iraq, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II, from 1 Nov 2004 to 19 Nov 2004. During this period, A1C Sharp engaged in combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq, in support of the Marines main effort during Operation PHANTOM FURY. Under direct fire, he provided flawless communications for close air support aircraft to attack enemy positions and allow coalition forces to advance. On numerous occasions A1C Sharp exposed himself to sniper and indirect fire in order to mark enemy locations with electronic marking devices and smoke grenades from his M203 grenade launcher. His actions enabled aircraft to quickly acquire and attack enemy targets. When A1C Sharp's security element came under intense, direct fire, he selflessly and without hesitation moved to a forward position to engage the enemy. He expertly and accurately fired high explosive grenades at the enemy position from his M203 grenade launcher, killing one insurgent and forcing the remaining insurgents to break contact. By his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty, A1C Sharp has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Bronze Star with Valor Device


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