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The statue of posthumous Medal of Honor recipient MSgt. John Chapman was dedicated on May 30, 2019. Air Force video screenshot.

​The Air Force on May 30 commemorated MSgt. John Chapman, the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor for actions since the Vietnam War, with a life-size statue and replica of the award at a squadron where airmen entering his career field train.

“It is particularly impactful that John’s legacy is standing guard over the future of our combat control community; a community I consider to be family,” Chapman’s widow, Valerie Nessel, said in a release. “I hope John’s dedication and sacrifice continue to inspire the next generation of heroes who are answering the call to serve and protect our nation.”

A statue of posthumous Medal of Honor recipient MSgt. John Chapman was dedicated on May 30, 2019. Video: Air Force

The statue is located at the Benini Heritage Center at the 352nd Air Force Special Warfare Training Squadron at Pope Army Airfield, N.C. The squadron conducts entry-level training for combat controllers and special tactics officers.

Chapman, a combat controller, was the first special tactics airman to receive the Medal of Honor.

“John was a teammate of mine when he was killed and my very first friend to be killed in action,” squadron commander Maj. Michael Bain said in a release. “I can’t think of a better display, within our museum, that will motivate future special warfare airmen to complete any task in front of them, at home or overseas.”