Cumberland Times-News

March 4, 2013

Area man honored for his heroism

Medal awarded to sergeant

From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News

— CRESAPTOWN — Sgt. Aaron L. Green is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Green, who is a 2007 graduate of Allegany High School and the Career Center, has been to Afghanistan on seven deployments since joining the U.S. Army after graduation.

He is a member of the Army Special Operations Command, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., known as the Night Stalkers.

Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland, commanding general, Special Operations Command, addressed the soldiers and family members during the valorous awards ceremony held at the airfield and presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Green.

Battalion commander Lt. Col. Bill Golden described to the audience the circumstances of each mission in which the awards were earned.

On each occasion, the crews were required to react to dynamic combat environments in extremely challenging terrain, Golden said during the ceremony.

With complete disregard for their own safety, they each provided precise rotary wing support to the troops on the ground despite a determined and tenacious enemy.

Green is the son of Jeff and Connie Green of Cresaptown and has a sister Shelby and wife, Samantha. He has decided to stay in the military for another five years, according to his family.

Night Stalkers continue to serve around the world in support of overseas contingency operations.  

The ceremony included several awards that were presented via video teleconference to Night Stalkers currently deployed overseas.