United States Marine Corps Sergeant Brian D. Neseth, a 2005 graduate of Perham High School, has been presented with an Air Medal for meritorious achievement in aerial flight in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
According to an award letter from Brigadier General G.L. Thomas on behalf of the President of the United States, Neseth’s “superior airmanship, perseverance, and loyal devotion to duty in the face of hazardous flying conditions” reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Neseth served as crew chief in a division of three MV-22B aircraft to conduct a high-risk night extraction of ground forces from the volatile Sangin District in Afghanistan. Despite receiving enemy fire while inbound, the letter states, he skillfully guided his pilots into the contested landing zone to recover the raid force.
On approach, the flight received intense small arms, heavy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire. The letter goes on to explain that, after landing with precision despite the enemy fire and challenging brown-out conditions, Neseth expediently embarked and accounted for all ground forces.
Facing an increasing volume of heavy fire upon departure, he instinctively alerted his pilots to enemy fires, aiding the safe recovery of all aircraft and raid force members.
Neseth joined the Marines at the age of 17, during his senior year of high school. He has served two tours in Afghanistan.
Now a resident of Jacksonville, N.C., he is a husband to Sheena Neseth and a father of three children, Dakota Dennis, Molly Kay and Levi Michael.
He is the son of Craig and Kimberly Neseth.