Award of Air Force Cross to Keary J.Miller

Award of Air Force Cross to Keary J.Miller (HM271D)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36115 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 24.267', W 86° 14.979'

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Citation to Accompany the Award ofThe Air Force Cross
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Keary J.Miller


Technical Sergeant Keary J. Miller distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Marzak, Patkia Providence of Afghanistan, on 4 March 2002. On that date, Sergeant Miller was the Air Force Combat Search and Rescue Team Leader assigned to a Quick Reaction Force tasked to recover two American servicemen evading capture in austere terrain occupied by massed al Qaida and Taliban forces. Shortly before landing, his MH-47E helicopter received accurate rocket-propelled grenade and small armed fire, severely disabling the aircraft and causing it to crash land. The assault force formed a hasty defense and immediately suffered three fatalities and five critical casualties. Despite effective enemy fire, and at great risk to his own life, Sergeant Miller moved throughout the battlefield, crossing open danger areas on numerous occasions, in order to assess and care for critically wounded servicemen. As the battle drew on, he removed M-203 and 5.56 rounds from the deceased and, in multiple acts of extraordinary courage, proceeded through some of the day's heaviest rocket propelled grenade, mortar, and small arms fire while distributing the ammunition from



position to position. Shortly thereafter another attack erupted, killing one Pararescueman and compromising the casualty collection point. Sergeant Miller braved the barrage of fire in order to better cover and conceal the wounded. His intrepidity and skill led to the successful delivery of ten gravely wounded Americans to life-saving medical treatment and to the recovery of seven servicemen killed in action. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Miller has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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HM NumberHM271D
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Year Placed2017
Placed ByMaxwell-Gunter SNCOA Class 17-C
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Date Added Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 570562 N 3585514
Decimal Degrees32.40445000, -86.24965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.267', W 86° 14.979'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 16.02" N, 86° 14' 58.74" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Williamson St, Montgomery AL 36115, US
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