The Air Force will award the Silver Star posthumously to Capt. Matthew Roland, a special tactics officer who was killed in an Aug. 25, 2015, insider attack in Afghanistan. Roland, who was deployed from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and SSgt. Forrest Sibley, a combat controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Army Airfield, N.C., were killed when their vehicle was attacked by two men dressed as Afghan soldiers at a checkpoint near Camp Antonik. The two airmen had a combined 12 years of service and deployed a total of seven times. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Monday said Roland will be presented with the Silver Star “very, very soon.”
A pair of Air Force units across two major commands have announced plans to purchase services from SpaceX’s Starlink constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit. The contracts come not long after service leaders praised the effectiveness of the satellite internet service in aiding Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.