Since Sept. 11, 2001, Special Tactics Airmen have received one Medal of Honor, nine Air Force crosses and 44 Silver Star medals.

HURLBURT FIELD — A Silver Star Medal will be presented to an Air Force Special Tactics operator from the Hurlburt-based 24th Special Operations Wing during a 10 a.m. ceremony Tuesday at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia.

According to a news release from the 24th SOW, Tech. Sgt. Cam Kelsch, an ST tactical air control party operator assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command's 17th Special Tactics Squadron, will be awarded the nation’s third highest medal for gallantry against an armed enemy.

The 24th SOW, headquartered at Hurlburt Field, is the sole Special Tactics wing in the Air Force. It provides Special Tactics Airmen for rapid global deployment to enable global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations.

In addition to the Silver Star, Kelsch also will be presented with a Bronze Star Medal with Valor, according to the news release. Air Force Maj. Gen. Vincent Becklund, deputy commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, will also award Kelsch with the medal.

Kelsch will be honored for helping secure the safety of his joint and partner force members during an operation against a high-value target while serving as a joint terminal attack controller deployed with an Army 75th Ranger Regiment battalion during Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL in support of the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission in Afghanistan.

While under fire from the enemy and with no regard for his own personal safety, Kelsch exposed himself to danger to control airstrikes from an AC-130 gunship within 35 meters of his team’s position. He also coordinated an attack with precision-guided 500-pound bombs from two F-16s and 105mm munitions from an AC-130.

Additionally, Kelsch exposed himself to enemy fire while dragging a wounded American teammate to safety. Kelsch was hit by hostile fire but continued to control strikes to neutralize the enemy.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, Special Tactics Airmen have received one Medal of Honor, nine Air Force crosses and 44 Silver Star medals. Tech. Sgt. Kelsch is the first Air Force TACP operator to be awarded the Silver Star for actions in combat during the past seven years.