A MARSOC critical skills operator will receive the Marine Corps' second-highest award for heroism this week for bravery during a 48-hour standoff with the enemy in Afghanistan.
"Without hesitation, Gunnery Sergeant Jacklin seized control and orchestrated a counterattack," his medal citation states.
With the team's primary communications link inoperable, Jacklin worked to set up alternative communications with a nearby supporting unit. He called in direct and indirect fire and aircraft strikes on the enemy position, while working at the same time to coordinate an evacuation to get the wounded to safety.
Though the rest of the team would be relieved by another special operations unit that evening, Jacklin opted to stay behind and fight the enemy.
"Throughout a raging battle all the next day, he provided vital intelligence, tactical assistance and deadly accurate personal fires," his citation reads. "Throughout 48 hours, he inspired all around him as he led a vicious fight to defeat a determined enemy force."
During the same ceremony, five of Jacklin's fellow team members will be honored with the Bronze Star with combat "V" device for their role in the battle. The honored include Gunnery Sgt. William Simpson IV, Staff Sgt. Christopher Buckminster, Staff Sgt. Hafeez Hussein, Sgt. William Hall and Sgt. David Harris, all critical skills operators, officials said.