SSgt. Zachary Rhyner, an airman with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, received the Air Force Cross from Air Force Secretary Michael Donley during a ceremony at Pope AFB, N.C., March 10, 2009. Rhyner was awarded the medal for uncommon valor during an intense 6.5-hour coalition battle with insurgents in Shok Valley, Afghanistan, April 6, 2008. Here Donley (left) speaks with Rhyner at the reception following the award ceremony.
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