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Sean R. Harvell

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Combat Control School

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Combat Control School

Background Information

Employment History

Combat Controller

22nd Special Tactics Squadron

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Air Force Special Operations Command: Air Commandos | SOFREP

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Sean Harvell, Combat Controller, earned 2 Silver Stars for Valor in Afghanistan


Andy Harvell, KIA Afghanistan

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Andy's brother, Sean Harvell is also a Combat Controller

Sean is about two years older than his brother and in April 2010, Sean, an Air Force staff sergeant, was awarded two Silver Stars as a Combat Controller while under enemy fire in Afghanistan.
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Sean Harvell.
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Coincidentally, Harvell's older brother, Sean, was awarded two Silver Stars for action in Afghanistan in May and July of 2007.
The Air Force cited Sean Harvell for putting himself in the line of enemy fire to direct air support that killed hundreds of enemy combatants during battles in May and July 2007.
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Sean Harvell.
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"As an older brother, I looked up to him," Sean Harvell said "As Andy always said 'victory or Valhalla.' See you in Valhalla, brother."
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Sean Harvell (also a USAF Combat Controller), and sister Analese Eder.


CCT Above And Beyond, Rest In Peace!

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Sean Harvell awarded two Silver Stars....gone

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Sean Harvell, 33, was awarded two Silver Stars, the nation's third highest award for valor, for combat air control while under enemy fire in Afghanistan. The Air Force cited Harvell for exposing himself to enemy fire to direct air support that killed hundreds of enemy combatants during battles in May and July 2007.
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Sean Harvell earned his first Silver Star for his actions during operations near Garm Ab Village and Kajaki Sofia, Afghanistan, on May 8 and 30, 2007 while serving as a Combat Controller with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron.
Despite facing ferocious enemy fire from as close as five meters, he directed air attacks that destroyed Taliban positions, saving his teammates' lives, according to his award citation. Later, during an ambush, he directed F-18 strafing runs within 45 feet of his position to rout enemy insurgents.
"On 30 May 2007, while attempting the recovery of a downed CH-47 helicopter and United States Army aircrew, he was wounded and knocked unconscious by a rocket propelled grenade fired by Taliban militants in a daring daylight ambush," the citation said. "Regaining consciousness and bleeding from multiple wounds, Sergeant Harvell engaged Taliban fighters with his personal M-4 carbine, M-12 shotgun and then grenades while simultaneously directing deadly, danger-close air attacks on the insurgent force, effectively neutralizing all enemy threats to his team and allowing another special operations team to recover the remains of all service members and sensitive equipment from the crash site."
Harvell was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a second Silver Star for actions with the same unit in combat on July 25, 2007.
According to his award citation, he and his unit was engulfed in an eight-hour firefight with Taliban forces while trying to clear a compound along the Helmand River. Harvel led a small team into the compound, drew gunfire away from his teammates, sprinted across open ground while taking machine gun fire from 30 feet away and directed A-10 fighter and AC-130 gunship air support that ultimately took out the enemy compound once he and his team had retreated.
Harvell lost his younger brother in combat the year after he received his Silver Stars.
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Sean Harvell accompanied his younger brother's body on its final transport back to Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.
Harvell stayed in the military until the last few years, Harris said, but wasn't certain on exactly when he left the Air Force. He worked at a motorcycle repair shop for a time until he was contacted by the Department of Defense to do contract work in Iraq.
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Sean Harvell, a highly decorated Air Force combat controller who passed away April 26.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Sean," said Col.
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"Sean served his nation admirably, often in the face of insurmountable odds. He was a fierce warrior on the battlefield, and an incredible brother to those who served alongside him. He was larger than life."
Harvell, 33, was a war veteran from Long Beach, California, with several deployments resulting in two Silver Star medals, the Purple Heart, and multiple Bronze Star medals. Including Harvell, there have only been three Airmen to receive two Silver Star medals for heroic actions against an enemy of the United States; there have been a total of seven U.S. military members to receive two Silver Stars since 9/11.
"Sean Harvell was a man who left everyone who met him with their own memory and story.
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Harvell is preceded in death by his brother, Staff Sgt.
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"The Special Tactics community is absolutely committed to honoring Sean," Flatten said. "He was the epitome of service before self; he was the kind of Airman who would readily sacrifice himself for his brother, his teammates, and the mission. It's a terrible loss to the Air Force and special operations community, and we will never forget what Andy and Sean gave in service to their country."
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death by an apparent accidental drowning of Sean R. Harvell, age 33, SSgt (medically retired) who was declared deceased on April 26, 2016. He was living in the Long Beach area at the time of his demise.
He graduated Combat Control School in Class 02-01, and Advanced Skills Training in Class 06. His assignments included: Pope, Hurlburt, Mildenhall and Mc Chord.
Particularly noteworthy was that he was awarded two Silver Stars for his actions against an opposing force during 2007 in Afghanistan while assigned to the 22 nd STS.
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Sean Harvell was a man of uncommon bravery and humility who lived for his daughter despite struggling with PTSD and traumatic brain injury received in combat, a close friend said.
The decorated Long Beach war veteran, who drownedTuesday in the waters off Alamitos Beach near his beachfront apartment, was one of just three airmen to receive two Silver Stars for action in combat, the military said Wednesday. Officials with the U.S. Air Force Special Tactics division said Harvell, a 33-year-old retired combat controller, earned two Silver Stars, a Purple Heart and multiple Bronze Stars over several deployments. Only seven U.S. military service members overall have received two Silver Stars since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to the Air Force.
"Sean served his nation admirably, often in the face of insurmountable odds," Col.
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Sean Harvell's father, John Harvell lives, at Gold Star Manor, a 23-acre housing complex in West Long Beach for families of deceased military service members, but declined to comment Wednesday.
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Andrew graduated from Millikan in 2002, but it was not clear Wednesday whether Sean also graduated from the same school.
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Harvell also has a sister, Analese Eder.
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Murray first met Harvell about three years ago when then-Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell asked him to get Harvell to speak at a luncheon.
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Murray first met Harvell about three years ago when then-Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell asked him to get Harvell to speak at a luncheon.
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"It's so difficult to try to describe who Sean was. He was so many things."
Physically, he said, Harvell was a large, intimidating presence, but he was also intelligent and unassuming. He read books on varied topics and never played up his military service.
Harvell and his daughter once met Cal State Long Beach volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro and the women's team, Murray said, recalling accompanying them on that outing.
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Harvell's daughter met the players and Harvell was asked to speak about teamwork.
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As a Special Tactics combat controller, Harvell received a variety of training: static line and military free-fall jumping, combat diving and joint terminal attack control conducting close air support strikes during combat.
He was medically retired after almost a decade of service, according to the Air Force. Previous reports referred to Harvell as a staff sergeant but he was promoted to the rank of technical sergeant prior to retirement.
After retiring, Harvell struggled with his transition into civilian life but was taking the right steps, said Murray, who confirmed Harvell's diagnosis with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
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The Special Tactics community is "absolutely committed to honoring Sean," Flatten said.
"He was the epitome of service before self; he was the kind of airman who would readily sacrifice himself for his brother, his teammates and the mission. It's a terrible loss to the Air Force and special operations community, and we will never forget what Andy and Sean gave in service to their country."
Roughly 300 gather to remember Sean Harvell, decorated veteran who drowned off Alamitos Beach
Mourners filled row after row of seats inside the chapel at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Long Beach as hundreds gathered to honor Sean Harvell, who drowned last week off Alamitos Beach.
Harvell, 33, was one of the nation's most highly decorated veterans of the War on Terror, but his military service was only part of what made him an amazing person, said his friends and family who spoke at the memorial service.
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During that journey, Sean Harvell worked through his pain and connected with his mother, Jane Maher.
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Eventually, Sean found peace in Buddhism and in spending time with his daughter Lily, Webster said before sharing a story.

Sean Harvell, a combat ...

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Sean Harvell, a combat controller who twice was awarded the Silver Star, was found drowned in the water off Alamitos Beach, California, early Tuesday morning. The Long Beach, California Police Department is investigating the incident. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Sean," said Col.

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"Sean served his nation admirably, often in the face of insurmountable odds. He was a fierce warrior on the battlefield, and an incredible brother to those who served alongside him. He was larger than life." Harvell, 33, was also awarded a Purple Heart and multiple Bronze Star medals for his actions during several deployments. Including Harvell, there have only been three airmen to receive two Silver Star medals for heroic actions against an enemy of the United States; there has been a total of seven U.S. military members to receive two Silver Stars since 9/11. "Sean Harvell was a man who left everyone who met him with their own memory and story.
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Harvell was medically retired from the Air Force after almost a decade of service. He was preceded in death by his brother, Staff Sgt.
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"The Special Tactics community is absolutely committed to honoring Sean," Flatten said. "It's a terrible loss to the Air Force and special operations community, and we will never forget what Andy and Sean gave in service to their country." By 1st Lt.


CCTer's Earm Big Time Medals

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Sean Harvell, a Combat Controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., for his actions during multiple firefights in Afghanistan in 2007. At a joint ceremony April 29 honoring several Combat Controllers (see additional entries below), Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presented Harvell his medals.

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During one engagement, Harvell deliberately exposed his position so he could coordinate close air support during an intense 23-hour firefight. In another, when Taliban forces attacked his team as they responded to a US helicopter crash, Harvell was wounded and knocked unconscious, but he recovered, returning fire and directing danger-close CAS. And in a third, following a rolling, three-day engagement, Harvell repeatedly exposed his position during an eight-hour firefight, provided covering fire as his team withdrew, and then coordinated CAS for their replacements.
The Air Force has awarded two Silver Stars, the third highest award for valor, to SSgt. Sean Harvell, a Combat Controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., for his actions during multiple firefights in Afghanistan in 2007. At a joint ceremony April 29, 2010, honoring several Combat Controllers, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presented Harvell his medals.
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Pictured; Sean Harvell to the left and Evan Jones to the right; sent by Gene Johnson, McChord CCT Photographer
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Sean Harvell dodged the gunfire again, covering his team as he went.
Then he called in airstrikes that reportedly killed more than 50 insurgents in Central Afghanistan's Helmand River area.
Those were the local airman's heroics on just one day, "during a savage eight-hour firefight," according to his Air Force citation.
It earned Harvell a Silver Star award. He earned another two months earlier.
A rocket-propelled grenade knocked him out and shrapnel tore at his flesh. When he roused, bleeding from several wounds, he grabbed his M-4 carbine, an M-12 shotgun and grenades, fighting back hard while directing airstrikes.
"When I came to, I gathered my faculties as much as I could," Harvell recalled Thursday after a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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Harvell, a native of Long Beach, Calif., and father of a 9-month-old daughter, is the first Air Force Combat Controller to receive multiple Silver Stars in a single ceremony, officials said.
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"Sean and Evan's actions were extraordinary and heroic," said Lt. Col. Bryan H. Cannady, commander of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron. He applauded their "warrior ethos" and "face-to-face, anytime, anyplace" dedication to duty.
"It's quite an honor," Harvell said after the one-hour ceremony.
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Sean R. Harvell and Evan P. Jones, the Air Force presented these medals Thursday at McChord Field.
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Sean Harvell for his actions during multiple firefights with enemy forces in Afghanistan during spring and summer 2007.
In the first engagement, Sergeant Harvell and his coalition unit were completing a reconnaissance patrol through heavily contested Taliban territory. The team was ambushed and engaged the enemy in a firefight for nearly 23 hours. In order to coordinate close-air support, Sergeant Harvell deliberately exposed his position. Though surrounded by enemy fire, he continued to calmly direct air attacks, including a fighter strafing run within 45 feet of his own position.
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In addition to Sergeants Harvell and Jones, nine other Combat Controllers received commendations.

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