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AFSOC honors Master Sgt. John Chapman

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Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, stands with the family of Master Sgt. John Chapman in front of a portrait Oct. 25, 2018 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. AFSOC added Chapman’s portrait to the AFSOC Medal of Honor Recipients wall to honor his legacy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)

A family standing in front of a portrait

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, stands with the family of Master Sgt. John Chapman during a portrait dedication ceremony Oct. 25, 2018, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. AFSOC hosted a series of events to honor Chapman’s life and legacy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette Rolen)

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Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, welcomes Terry Chapman, mother of Master Sgt. John Chapman Oct. 25, 2018, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. AFSOC hosted a series of events to honor Chapman’s life and legacy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)

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Air Force Special Operations Command leadership observe a portrait dedication ceremony Oct. 25, 2018, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. AFSOC hosted several events to honor the life of Master Sgt. John Chapman, a Special Tactics Combat Controller who sacrificed his life for his teammates in Afghanistan in March of 2002. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --

Air Force Special Operations Command kicked off a series of events Oct. 25 to pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. John Chapman.

A portrait dedication ceremony was the first event. Approximately 100 AFSOC Airmen, community and national leaders gathered to observe the event commemorating Chapman’s life.  

Chapman was a Special Tactics Combat Controller who saved the lives of his teammates during a conflict in Afghanistan on March 4, 2002.

“Thank you to everyone who came today to remember and honor MSgt. Chapman,” said Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of AFSOC. “He was the example of the motto: ‘Here am I, send me.’ He was ready to go fight for his nation and make that ultimate sacrifice for his teammates. Because of his actions on March 4, his memory will always be preserved here.”

Chapman is the first Airman to be awarded the Medal of Honor since Vietnam and the 19th Airman since the beginning of the Air Force in 1947.

 “John was a true hero,” said Valerie Nessel, Chapman’s widow. “He would be honored by all of the support shown today.”