Former Downing Scholar MAJ Matthew A. Chaney (USMA, ’01) has been selected to receive the 2016 Alexander Nininger Award for Valor at Arms. MAJ Chaney, a Special Forces officer currently serving as the Executive Officer for the Commanding General, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), will receive the award in a special ceremony at West Point on 22 September. MAJ Chaney received the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy on 10 September 2007, while serving as the Detachment Commander, Operational Detachment Alpha 083, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Samarra, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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MAJ Chaney is the second Downing Scholar to receive the Nininger Award. Current Downing Scholar CPT Kevin Mott receive the honor in 2014.

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