Karl Beilby, a contractor with the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division, speaks during an award ceremony for Master Sgt. Roger Sparks, a pararescueman from the 212th RQS on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, July 11. Sparks was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor, for his role in a firefight with insurgents during Operation Bulldog Bite in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley on Nov. 14, 2010. Beilby was one of four men that Sparks was credited with saving during the events of that day. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Edward Eagerton/released)
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