View Full Version : CIA: Our operatives are combat troops

08-26-2011, 04:16 AM
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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Because the Intelligence Star is considered the equivalent of the U.S. military's Silver Star, Spann was approved for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.[7] Spann is buried in section 34 at Arlington National Cemetery. </div></div>
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Silver Star is the third-highest combat military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States armed forces for valor in the face of the enemy. </div></div>
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Intelligence Star is an award given by the Central Intelligence Agency for a "voluntary act or acts of courage performed under hazardous conditions or for outstanding achievements or services rendered with distinction under conditions of grave risk." [1] The award citation is from the Director of Central Intelligence and specifically cites actions of "extraordinary heroism". </div></div>
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Johnny Micheal Spann
On 31 May 2002, the Intelligence Star was awarded to Johnny Micheal "Mike" Spann after he was killed at the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi in November 2001 in Afghanistan. Spann, a Paramilitary Operations Officer in the CIA's Special Activities Division,[3] was the first American killed during combat in the Global War on Terror.[35] Spann was also awarded the Exceptional Service Medallion.[36] Spann was killed during a riot at the Qala-i-Jangi compound in Mazari Sharif in northern Afghanistan.[37] In the same day, he and another CIA officer were at a military garrison named Qali Jangi near Mazari Sharif and questioned John Walker Lindh. As shown on British Television (Channel 4 news), Spann asked "are you a member of the IRA?" (This question was asked because Lindh was told to claim he was Irish to "avoid problems.") At his memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery they stated that he "fought with his AK-47 until it ran out of ammunition, then drew his pistol and emptied it, before turning to hand to hand combat which saw him shot". </div></div>
TRUTH (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Spann)

HONOR (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Star)

VALOR (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence_Star)

HEROISM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence_Star)