ABOARD USS KITTY HAWK (NNS) -- Capt. Jose R. Corpus, chief of staff for Carrier Group 5, recently received the Bronze Star medal for meritorious achievement in connection with combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Vice Adm. Robert F. Willard, 7th Fleet commander, awarded Corpus the medal during a ceremony held in July aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
Vice Adm. Timothy J. Keating, U.S. 5th Fleet commander, awarded the medal to Corpus for his role in providing combat air support to U.S. and coalition forces and for his instrumental contribution in the planning and execution of all aspects of air defense and strike planning for three carrier strike groups in the North Arabian Gulf. Corpus' forceful leadership enabled the embarked air wing to fly more than 2,200 combat sorties during the operation.
"I am honored to receive this award on behalf of all those who are part of the CARGRU 5 team," Corpus said. "Everything we do out here in the [Forward Deployed Naval Force] depends upon teamwork, and we've got the greatest team in the Navy. I'm honored to be part of this team," he said.
Reporting to Carrier Group 5 in August 2002, Corpus is no stranger to 7th Fleet operations, having served as the commanding officer for two fast-attack submarines, USS Portsmouth (SSN 707) and USS La Jolla (SSN 701), making multiple deployments to the Western Pacific.
Corpus was the first commander of Submarine Squadron 15, located on Guam, in February 2001, after serving as the Chief of Staff for Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan.
Corpus is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was commissioned an ensign and later earned his "dolphins" as a submarine officer.
Carrier Group 5, also known as the Kitty Hawk Strike Group, is embarked aboard Kitty Hawk and is currently under way in the western Pacific Ocean. The Kitty Hawk Strike Group operates out of Yokosuka, Japan, and is the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward deployed carrier strike group.
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