By Staff Sgt. Marcus Butler

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 13, 2012) – Two Green Berets from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in a ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium June 12.

Chief Warrant Officer Jason W. Myers and Staff Sgt. Corey M. Calkins received the U.S. Army’s second highest award for valor for two separate missions in Afghanistan in 2010.  The Distinguished Service Cross is second only to the Medal of Honor.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Calkins, a senior weapons sergeant and native of Midland, Mich. “I was just the one called on that day but I know any other guy on my team would have done the same thing.”

green-beret-award-sofrepCalkins distinguished himself on Feb. 18, 2010 as part of a dismounted patrol consisting of U.S. Army, Marines and Afghan National Army Soldiers. During this patrol Calkins faced a formidable size enemy force in fortified positions. Facing this threat, Calkins assaulted his way through the area successfully suppressing the enemy force to allow the safe evacuation of three injured Marines.

“Corey Calkins constantly exposed himself to effective PRG, PKM and mortar fire as he almost single handedly routed the entrenched Taliban in order regain the vital terrain and to save the lives of his fellow Americans and Afghan partners,” said Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

During the ceremony, vignettes were presented describing the actions of Myers and Calkins.  McRaven referenced the vignette when describing Calkins’ ability to rally troops to action.

“The ANA, spurred on by Sergeant Calkins’ undaunted drive towards the enemy, hurled themselves against the enemy in an apparent effort to match their mentor’s bravery and aggression,” said McRaven. “Undaunted drive…that says it all.”