Heroism in Afghanistan Recognized
By Harold Hutchison
An Air Force pararescue jumper was awarded the Silver Star for heroism during the recovery of the crew of an OH-58 Kiowa during Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Zachary Kline received the country’s third-highest award for valor on 14 July. Kline was under fire for six hours on 23 April, 2011, while recovering the two-man crew of an OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter, one of whom had died.
"The Silver Star is way up on the continuum of honor," said Maj. Gen. Frank Padilla, the deputy inspector general of the Air Force. "That means you voluntarily risked your life to save others, voluntarily risked your life to expose yourself to great danger in the service of your country. And that is exactly what Zach Kline did that day."