Three Defense Department contractors — all with special operations backgrounds — were awarded the Pentagon’s highest civilian honor Tuesday for their actions in going into combat mode to support U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
At a Pentagon ceremony, Army Lt. Gen. Darsie Rogers, deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), presented the civilian Medal for Valor to retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Anthony “Tony” Dunne, retired Army Master Sgt. William Timothy “Tim” Nix, and retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Brandon “Ray” Seabolt.
All three showed themselves to be “the epitome of what it means to be a true hero,” Rogers said at the presentation in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, where the names of the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients are emblazoned on the walls.
The three were working under contract to DTRA as counter-IED (improvised explosive devices) specialists or “irregular warfare analysts.”