On Feb. 20, 2009, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Moe, 2nd Bn., 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor device for actions in Diwaniyah, Iraq, June 3, 2007.
Staff Sgt. Moe was supporting a Special Forces Operational Detachment (ODA) and soldiers from 8th Iraqi Army when they came up against mounted resistance of at least 100 insurgents. He reacted first by securing his ground and denying the enemy from advancing in his sector. During the firefight, a sniper team advanced from the ODA’s forward line to destroy enemy fire positions. The insurgents enveloped the team and severely wounded one of the snipers. Realizing the team’s immobility, Staff Sgt. Moe stepped from protected cover and laid suppressive fire on the enemy positions. Despite taking an enemy round in his leg, he continued to place effective fire on the enemy until the sniper team moved to save cover.