320th STS Combat Controller named 2014 AFSOC Outstanding Airman of the Year

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer
  • 353rd Special Operations Group Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Travis Jordan, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, was named as one of Air Force Special Operations Command Outstanding Airmen of the Year during an annual banquet held May 14 at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

“I had the honor of getting to know Sergeant Jordan and his wife Christina the past couple of days in Florida, and they are truly an amazing Air Force and Air Commando couple,” said Col. William Freeman, 353rd Special Operations Group commander. “Travis exemplifies the Air Force core values and the SOF ethos both with his actions on the battlefield and in his personal life. He is truly an outstanding Airman, and I couldn’t be prouder for him and his family on being formally recognized as such by the senior leaders of AFSOC.”

While deployed for 6 months to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Jordan served as the primary Joint Terminal Attack Controller on a Special Forces team. During his tour, Jordan completed 19 combat missions. After sustaining injuries himself during one mission, Travis called in a medical evacuation and continued directing airstrikes that eliminated two Taliban commanders while saving four of his teammates. He was awarded the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions.

At home station, Jordan also received the John L. Levitow award upon graduating Airman Leadership School.

While assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Jordan also participated in Joint Chief of Staff Exercises and Joint Combined Exchange Training in four countries across the Pacific where he enhanced interoperability among U.S. Allies and partners by participating in and conducting training with key special operations partners in the Pacific.

As AFSOC’s Outstanding Airman of the Year, Jordan along with all of AFSOC’s Outstanding Airmen and Civilians of the Year award recipients toured the facilities and units around Hurlburt Field and also visited with residents of the Air Force Enlisted Village the days prior to the award banquet. Travis will represent AFSOC while going on to compete in the Airman category for the 2015 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award.