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Photos: Silver Star Ceremony

The Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, awaits presentation to Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
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Staff Sgt. Tia Boglin sings the national anthem as Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron receives the Silver Star during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
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Family members and a grateful survivor applaud as Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron approaches the stage to receive a Silver Star award during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010. In the first row from right are his father, Roger Sparks, mother Ann Sparks, son Ozrik Sparks, wife Jennifer Sparks, son Orion Sparks and Karl Beilby, a civilian contractor from California, who was wounded in the firefight and rescued by Sparks and the 212th. Beilby spoke at the ceremony.
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Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron is honored with the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was recognized for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
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Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron listens as speaker Karl Beilby describes how Sparks and the 212th saved his life during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
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Karl Beilby describes his rescue by Master Sgt. Roger Sparks and the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron during a ceremony honoring Sparks with the Silver Star award on Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was recognized for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron is honored with the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was recognized for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
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Maj. Joe Conroy, left, and proffer Chief Master Sgt. Paul Barendregt present the Silver Star award to Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron is honored with the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was recognized for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron is honored with the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was recognized for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
The Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, is clipped to the dress uniform of Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron following a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron is honored with the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was recognized for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Master Sgt. Roger Sparks is congratulated by son Ozrik, right, and others after receiving the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces, during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks, of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron, was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Maj. Sharon Ehasz offers a congratulatory hug after Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron receives the Silver Star award during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
A grateful Karl Beilby travelled from California to watch Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron receive the Silver Star during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010. Beilby was one of the wounded men treated by Sparks and rescued by the 212th.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
Master Sgt. Roger Sparks of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron is congratulated after receiving the Silver Star award during a ceremony held Friday, July 11, 2014, on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson. Sparks was honored for his actions during a firefight in Afghanistan in November of 2010.
Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News
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An Alaska Air National Guard pararescue jumper was presented with a Silver Star at a ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Friday.

Master Sgt. Roger D. Sparks received America’s third-highest award for conspicuous valor in combat for his actions during a battle in Afghanistan on Nov. 14, 2010. Sparks and fellow PJ Capt. Koaalii Bailey flew into the Watapur Valley expecting to extract two wounded soldiers when “they were engulfed in a firestorm,” said Air Guard Maj. Joe Conroy in remarks to the crowd assembled at JBER’s Arctic Warrior Events Center.