September 11, 2012

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Written by: timchisham
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Air Force photograph by SSgt. Stephenie Wade

Maj. Gen. Lawrence L. Wells, 9th Air Force commander, presents the Silver Star to Tiffany Smith, widow of SrA. Bradley Smith during a ceremony Sept. 8, 2012 in Troy, Ill. Smith spent only a few weeks with his new daughter, Chloe, now almost age 3, before deploying to Afghanistan where just months later he was killed by an IED during a firefight. As a Tactical Air Control Party member, or TACP, Brad was part of a two-man team assigned to support a 13-man Army platoon and was trained to call in close air support should the men come under fire and need the battlefield neutralized from above.




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