By Master Sgt. Shannon Blackwell, USASOAC Public AffairsJune 13, 2018
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Personal courage, unwavering dedication to patient care and expert casualty management skills are a few terms that describe Staff Sgt. Tyler Campbell in a nomination letter calling for his award of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Medic of the Year.
Campbell is a special operations flight medic assigned to 4th Bn., 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington.
He was officially recognized at the Special Operations Medical Association Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina, May 16.
"I feel honored to represent the 160th in this manner," Campbell said. "There are a lot of really good medics that I have come across while working in the SOF (Special Operations Forces) enterprise and I don't feel I am better than any of them."
Campbell started his career shooting for the stars. He entered the Army with a slot at the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) upon completion of Basic Combat Training. He graduated RASP in July 2011, and, after successfully completing the Special Operations Combat Medic Course, was assigned to 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment where he served until September 2013.
"I honestly didn't know a lot about the Ranger Regiment before I joined," he said. "What I did know was that it was a selection process and that only the best would be selected for service in the 75th. I knew I wanted to go to an elite unit and be with the best."
Campbell was then assigned to 160th SOAR where he rapidly progressed to a Fully Mission Qualified Flight Medic from October 2016 to September 2017.
The Night Stalker's nomination letter pointed specifically to April 26, 2017 when he was serving as a flight medic on a casualty evacuation mission in eastern Afghanistan. After the aircraft touched down within 75 meters of an engaged battle position, Campbell exposed himself to enemy fire while receiving patient handovers and assisting with patient loading.
"There are other deserving medics out there that did some amazing stuff in 2017…I am honored, I am grateful and I am humbled," he said.
To earn the distinction of USASOC Medic of the Year, Campbell first competed for the Special Operations Combat Medic of the Year. After earning that title, he competed against the Special Forces Medic of the Year and the Civil Affairs Medic of the Year.