Harvell, Andrew William, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1C2X1-Combat Control
Last AFSC Group
Command & Control
Primary Unit
2009-2011, 1C2X1, 24th Special Tactics Squadron
Service Years
2002 - 2011
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Long Beach, California
Last Address
Pope Field, North Carolina, home base
Afghanistan, deployed

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 2011
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Los Angeles National Cemetery - Los Angeles, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 89A Row A Site 18

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Combat Control Team Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Air Commando

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Air Traffic Control (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
Air Education and Training Command21st Special Tactics Squadron720th Special Tactics Group24th Special Tactics Squadron
  2002-2006, 1C2X1, Air Education and Training Command
  2006-2009, 1C2X1, 21st Special Tactics Squadron
  2006-2011, 1C2X1, 720th Special Tactics Group
  2009-2011, 1C2X1, 24th Special Tactics Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2006-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2006-2011 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
CH-47 Chinook  
  2011-2011, CH-47 Chinook
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Raleigh, N.C. Three of the 30 U.S. servicemen killed in an Afghanistan helicopter crash last weekend were based at Fort Bragg's Pope Field, the Department of Defense said Thursday.
Tech Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla., Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif., and Tech Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa., were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade launched by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan hit their CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
All three were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron.



His 1st Bronze Star Medal Citation:

Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Harvell distinguished himself by meritorious achievement as Special Tactics Combat Controller, 21st Expeditionary Special Tactical Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component while engaged in combat against an enemy of the United States in Iraq from 26 January 2008 to 14 May 2008. During this period, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Sergeant Harvell executed over 50 combat patrols and raids while operating in Suwayrah, Iraq. On 29 March 2008, Sergeant Harvell's expertise helped save friendly forces when they were engaged at close range by accurate enemy fire, when Sergeant Harvell's three-vehicle convoy was engaged by a truck containing 15 heavily armed Jaish al Mahdi fighters. Sergeant Harvell exposed himself to obtain a better vantage point to return fire and to establish communications with friendly aircraft. His actions culminated with a show of force from two F-16s, scattering their forces, which effectively ended the engagement. The battle resulted in no friendly casualties and 13 enemy killed. Sergeant Harvell was credited with killing four of the insurgents. Later, he participated in Operation MERCURY, where he directed multiple strikes on numerous dispersed enemy positions. His actions resulted in the elimination of seven anti-Coalition fighters, including one high-value target, thereby denying an insurgent stronghold. The exemplary leadership, personal endeavor, and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Harvell in this responsible position reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

His 2nd Bronze Star Medal Citation:

For the Period: 25 June 2011 to 6 August 2011

For exceptionally meritorious achievement as a Combat Controller for a Joint Task Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this period, Sergeant Harvell conducted several objectives resulting in multiple enemies eliminated and detained. He led the full spectrum Joint Terminal Attack Controller planning, ensuring the successful execution of the task force's highest priority missions. On 5 August 2011, Sergeant Harvell and his team responded on a mission to eliminate or capture a high value Taliban commander in Afghanistan. His helicopter was attacked in the target area by enemy fighters and was shot down be a rocket propelled grenade. Through his distinctive accomplishments, Staff Sergeant Harvell reflected great credit upon himself, this command, the United States Air Force, and the United States Army.




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