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Shaw Airman honored for heroism

Release Number: 050906

Tech. Sgt. Stephen Achey, 682nd Air Support Operations Squadron, was presented the Keeper of the Flame Award Wednesday in Washington, D.C., for his acts of heroism while in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Kan)

(U.S. Air Force photo/Dennis Kan)


In a ceremony held Wednesday evening at Union Station in Washington D.C., five servicemembers - one from each branch of the military -- were honored for their contributions to the war on terror. The Air Force recipient of the Keeper of the Flame Award, Technical Sergeant Stephen Achey, a terminal attack command and control specialist, is assigned to the 682nd Air Support Operations Squadron here.

Sgt Achey was recognized for his work as a command and control specialist while working with an Army infantry unit during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. Sgt Achey was awarded a Silver Star for his actions when his team was ambushed by enemy fire. Sgt Achey's heroism, and that of 18 other brave Americans, is highlighted in the late Casper Weinberger's book, "Home of the Brave: honoring the unsung heroes in the war on terror."

In presenting the award, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, said, What makes me feel so good about the future of our country is the five individuals standing behind me tonight, because they truly are the future of our country.

A photo of TSgt Achey is attached for your information/use.
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