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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Honors The Memory Of Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman At Medal Of Honor Ceremony

August 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after attending the Medal of Honor Ceremony at the White House recognizing Air Force Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman, a Windsor Locks native, , for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant John A. Chapman was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions on March 4, 2002, on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan. The medal was presented to Sergeant Chapman’s spouse, Valerie Nessel, and family.

“It was humbling to be a part of the Medal of Honor ceremony today for Sergeant Chapman at the White House. Sergeant Chapman is an American hero deserving of this honor. He distinguished himself in combat with selflessness, bravery and valor. A career Airman, Sergeant Chapman dedicated his life to the service of our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the lives of his teammates. His actions on March 4, 2002 are consistent with nation’s highest and most prestigious military decoration. I offer my utmost respect and condolences to Sergeant Chapman’s wife, Valerie, and family for their sacrifices,” said Larson.

Sergeant Chapman graduated from Windsor Locks High School, in 1983.  He enlisted in the Air Force on September 27, 1985, as an information systems operator and later volunteered to be a Combat Controller, where he was tasked to solve air and ground problems across the spectrum of conflict and crisis. Sergeant Chapman, an expert in reconnaissance operations, air traffic control, and terminal attack control operations, used his expertise to decisively integrate airpower onto the battlefield.  Trained to infiltrate in combat and austere environments, he was an experienced static line and military free fall jumper, combat diver, and earned jumpmaster and dive supervisor qualifications.  Later, he was selectively hired for a special duty assignment at the 24th Special Tactics Squadron.  There, as a team leader, Sergeant Chapman trained personnel for their roles as special tactics operators on the battlefield, preparing them to conduct precision strike, personnel recovery, and global access missions for special operations forces around the world.  While deployed, Sergeant Chapman directed close air support aircraft, delivering destructive ordnance on enemy targets in non-permissive environments.