Bio: Rhyner, Zachary J. - SSgt (Tactics combat Controller - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surname: Rhyner

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 1/03/2019

An Air Force Special Operations Command Air Commando saved lives in Afghanistan April 6, during a lengthy battle by calling in air strikes to protect his team.

Staff Sgt. Zachary J. Rhyner, 22, a special tactics combat controller assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, NC was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom as the primary joint terminal attack controller while attached to a special forces team.

Then a Senior Airmen, Sergeant Rhyner was part of a 130-man combined assault force whose mission was to enter Shok Valley and capture a high-value target who was funding the insurgency.

Sgt. Rhyner is credited with saving the 10-man team from being overrun twice in a six and a half hour battle.



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