With December 22nd being the 20th Anniversary of the Battle of Takur Ghar, the Combat Control Foundation, in collaboration with the Chapman family and the Air Force Academy will be honoring Medal of Honor recipient, Master Sergeant John A. Chapman (MSgt Chapman) throughout this year’s 20th anniversary Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
When the Falcons take the field, on the back of their helmets you will see the symbol for the Air Force’s Combat Control Teams, an elite special operations force who provide all aspects of combat air-ground communication. It is the team’s tribute to the selfless acts of MSgt Chapman on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan, that ultimately earned him the military’s highest honor.
During the 4th quarter, retired Brigadier General Dale E. Stovall (BG Stovall) will be awarded the 2022 MSgt John A. Chapman award by retired Air Force Combat Controller, Chief Master Sergeant Michael West. The award is presented to individuals that embody this leading Air Force ethos “Service Before Self”. BG Stovall is a 1967 Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force Cross recipient and HH53 rescue helicopter pilot, who repeatedly infiltrated a hostile and heavily defended area to rescue a fellow airman.
Click the link below to download and read a copy of the Press Release for this event
Combat Control Foundation - LMAFB Press Release.pdf
Mike Lamonica and Mrs. Chapman in her home in Colorado Springs prior to him escorting her to
Washington D.C. for the White House Medal Of Honor ceremony.
The Chapman family holding the award after the ceremony
Left to right is U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant First Class Rick Caldwell, he received the Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan saving the lives of several team members under heavy fire as an 18D/Medic. Prior to serving in the Army Rick was an Air Force PJ and served with Rob Gutierrez, Barry Crawford and Thad Allen in England. The guy in flight suit is a Viper driver, Major Nate Walker who is an Academy grad and former Falcon football player who actually flew close air support for Caldwell in Afghanistan. Mike Simler is one of the founders of the Chapman Award and the son of General George B. Simler, the Air Force Academy’s second Athletic Director. Then Colonel Thad Allen, STO who was the boss for GZ, Crawford, and Caldwell in England, at the time he was the Associate Athletic Director at the Air Force Academy.
Andrea Dellinger | Executive Director Combat Control Foundation