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Officials to unveil Chapman plaque at Randolph’s Airmen’s Heritage Park

Air Education and Training Command graphic for press releases. AETC posts press releases for timely news of potentially wide interest. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by SSgt. Charles Pons)

Air Education and Training Command graphic for press releases. AETC posts press releases for timely news of potentially wide interest. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by SSgt. Charles Pons)

Image of crowd at Joint Base San Antonio Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, Texas.

Valerie Nessel, spouse of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman, gives a few words during the Joint Base San Antonio Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, Texas. Joint Base San Antonio-Annex, home of Special Warfare training, is renamed JBSA-Chapman Training Annex in honor of the service, heroism, and ultimate sacrifice of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

Image of Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, a combat controller.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, a combat controller, was killed during a fierce battle against al Qaida fighters in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan, March 4, 2002. He will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty” August 22, 2018.

Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman bio image

Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, shown at the rank of Senior Airman, will be the 19th Airman awarded the Medal of Honor since the Department of the Air Force was established in 1947.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The late Master Sgt. John Chapman will be honored during a plaque unveiling ceremony, hosted by members of the Special Warfare Training Wing, at Airmen’s Heritage Park here, March 4, 2021.

Chapman was a combat controller who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Aug. 22, 2018, for his actions in the Battle of Takur Ghar during the War in Afghanistan. He is the first Airman to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.                  

Built in 2008, Airmen’s Heritage Park is a nine-acre park that is dedicated to all Airmen who have served and are currently serving in the Air Force. It contains a pavilion, public restrooms, a half-mile walking path and the Medal of Honor memorial which displays Army Air Corps and Air Force Medal of Honor recipients who served in World War I, World War II, Korea War and Vietnam War, and now Chapman from the War in Afghanistan.

Chapman was honored one year ago by JBSA officials, when the former JBSA Lackland Training Annex was renamed JBSA-Chapman Training Annex. The annex is the location where Chapman began his training for his Air Force career in 1989.

Livestreaming for the event can be found at the Special Warfare Training Wing Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/specialwarfaretw at 10 a.m. central. 

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