Last week, Master Sergeant John Grimesey was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery and lifesaving actions in Afghanistan during a 2013 battle in Ghazni province.

During the battle, he was concussed and peppered with shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade blast. Then-Senior Airman John Grimesey felt Taliban bullets whiz by as he saw his Green Beret teammate injured on the ground nearby. His ears still ringing, the Air Force combat controller grabbed the wounded Green Beret soldier by his body armor and dragged him 25 feet to cover. He then turned his rifle on the Taliban attackers and got to work directing airstrikes from the F-16 fighters and AC-130 gunships circling overhead.

His Silver Star is an upgrade from a previously-awarded decoration.

During Friday’s ceremony at Pope Army Airfield, Lt. Gen. James C. Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, who awarded Grimesey the Silver Star said, “Today we’re here to honor a man who stood in the midst of adversity and danger, and in doing so started a chain reaction in the lives of those around him.”