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Photos: Silver Star Ceremony

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  • Updated: May 31, 2016
  • Published July 12, 2014

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.

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