Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III, commander of U.S. Army Africa, speaks with Spc. Jeffrey Scantlin, 24, of Anchorage, Alaska, after presenting him with the Silver Star during a March 20 ceremony at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy. Also pictured, from left, are Sgt. 1st Class Erich Phillips and Sgt. John Hayes, who also earned ther Silver Star. 1st Lt. Aaron Thurman, right, recieved the Bronze Star Medal for valor. The Soldiers were among six paratroopers from 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, awarded the medals for combat actions in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13, 2008.