A Special Tactics Combat Controller (CCT) has been awarded the Silver Star for saving the Special Forces team he was attached to from being overrun by Taliban fighters.

Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Chris Grove received the Silver Star in a ceremony on November 15. The Silver Star is the nation’s third-highest award for valor under fire.

“I’m grateful that [leadership] valued the actions that day and sought out this upgrade,” said CMSgt Grove. “Within our formation, we are fortunate that we have those leaders, both military and civilian, that take care of our people and what they do.”

CMSgt Grove was attached to a Special Force Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) as a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC). While the team was patrolling an area, they were ambushed by a large Taliban force. In the ensuing chaos, the ground force commander was separated from the rest of the team and was in danger of being overrun. CMSgt Grove found a vantage point from which he directed continuous and effective close air support (CAS), which resulted in the defeat of the Taliban force.