Silver Star : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW-4) Michael J. Siler, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as a member of the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), in action against the enemy from 2 July 2014 to 3 July 2014 as a MH-60 Direct Action Penetrator Flight Lead Pilot for a Joint Task Force in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. Chief Warrant Officer Four Siler meticulously planned and flawlessly executed this 10 hour classified, high-risk mission deep inside enemy territory under zero illumination and harsh environmental conditions, without regard for his own personal safety. Chief Warrant Officer Four Siler displayed distinct courage and gallantry under hostile fire against an armed enemy of the United States. He continued to fly and provide close air support to the Special Operations ground force for five hours after being wounded during the initial assault on the objective. Chief Warrant Officer Four Siler's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, this Command, and the United States Army.