Profiles of Valor: U.S. Air Force Special Agent Carmack

Air Force Special Agent Gregory Carmack served as an explosive-ordnance specialist in 2006 in Kirkuk, Iraq -- one of his six tours in the Middle East. In June 2006, Carmack's three-vehicle Office of Special Investigations (OSI) convoy was attempting to capture a terrorist in Kirkuk when they met a nine-truck Army detachment to hammer out details of the operation. During the discussion, Carmack reacted to a shot fired from a small truck that had run a security checkpoint and was heading their way.

May 9, 2010

Air Force Special Agent Gregory Carmack served as an explosive-ordnance specialist in 2006 in Kirkuk, Iraq – one of his six tours in the Middle East. In June 2006, Carmack’s three-vehicle Office of Special Investigations (OSI) convoy was attempting to capture a terrorist in Kirkuk when they met a nine-truck Army detachment to hammer out details of the operation. During the discussion, Carmack reacted to a shot fired from a small truck that had run a security checkpoint and was heading their way.

Carmack opened fire on the truck, mortally wounding the driver, who lost control and hit an unoccupied Army Humvee. Analysis afterward revealed the truck to have been carrying two 130-millimeter cannon shells – enough ordnance to kill all American service members present.

Not only was Carmack successful in warding off a terrible attack but his OSI convoy later accomplished their mission, capturing the high-value target near Kirkuk. “I believe in what we are doing. I’ve been there, been on the ground every day for six months,” Carmack said. “What we do there is making a difference.”

On 13 September 2007, Carmack received the Bronze Star with combat “V” for valor.

(This account was originally published in the Dec. 14, 2007 Digest.)

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