FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- In the second largest award ceremony since the reactivation of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), thirty-seven Soldiers were recognized for their valorous actions in combat in Afghanistan, in a ceremony on Feb 25, at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium, here. Five Soldiers from 3rd SFG (A) received the Silver Star, 19 Soldiers received the Bronze Star with V device, 18 Soldiers will receive the Army Commendation Medal with V device, and five Soldiers received the Purple Heart.During the ceremony, four battles involving members of the group were highlighted in vingnettes presented by a team member who witnessed and recounted what occurred and the actions performed by each man receiving a medal. One engagement with enemy forces led to the entire operational detachment's receipt of an award for his heroic actions during a firefight.U.S. Army Special Operations Command Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller and the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Commander Col. Mark Schwartz presented the awards to each Soldier.Schwartz said during his remarks at the ceremony that it not the nature of the members of the Special Forces regiment to seek recognition for their actions in combat. "Every valor award recipient who came across the stage today will tell you they are simply doing their job," Schwartz said. "As your commander, there is no greater honor than to recognize these men. All of them are warriors who represent the finest caliber of noncommissioned officers and officers that make up the ranks of our (Special Forces) group."The following servicemembers received awards for valor during the ceremony.Bronze Star with V Device:Capt. Timothy Driscoll Capt. Patrick Macri Warrant Officer Joe Vasquez Master Sgt. Sean Berk Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Burt Staff Sgt. Eoin Oriada Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Plants Sgt. 1st Class James Rooney Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Ysasaga Staff Sgt. Jamon A. Tibbs Staff Sgt. Timothy Walsh Staff Sgt. James Benjamin Staff Sgt. Robert Bradford Staff Sgt. Benjamin Geesaman Master Sgt. Mike Vetra Staff Sgt. Brett Grossini Sgt. 1st Class Charles Garland Staff Sgt. Casey Parker Staff Sgt. Justin Schafer Staff Sgt. David StearnsPurple Heart:Capt. Timothy Driscoll Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Myers Sgt. 1st Class Dereck Strickland Staff Sgt. Grant Derrick Staff Sgt. Van MeredithArmy Commendation Medal with V Device:Capt. Timothy Driscoll Capt. Matthew Golsteyn Sgt. Major Patrick Rotsaert Master Sgt. Lani Ringeisen Sgt. 1st Class Charles Garland Sgt. 1st Class Charles Jones Sgt. 1st Class Robert Martin Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Sgt. 1st Class Mark Pawlewicz Sgt. 1st Daniel Plants Sgt. 1st Class Eric Wagmer Staff Sgt. Jeffery Carroll Staff Sgt. Benjamin Geesaman Staff Sgt. Silas Palance Staff Sgt. Casey Parker Sgt. Sean Tapia