Airmen played in large, seemingly unheralded role in battling the enemy during the Taliban’s large-scale attack on a remote Army outpost on Oct 3, 2009, in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, writes defense correspondent David Axe in entry at his War is Boring blog posted on Oct. 9, 2009. The attack claimed the claimed the lives of eight US soldiers and several Afghan army personnel. But Axe says, based on interviews at Bagram Airfield, the toll could have been far worse without the actions of airmen. Here, an F-15E, like the ones that supported the outpost during the attack, flies over Afghanistan, April 12, 2006.
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Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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