For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as 3d Platoon Commander, Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Combined Joint Task Force-76 from November 2004 to June 2005 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan. During this period, Second Lieutenant Ankney performed his duties in an exceptional manner while displaying unmatched professionalism and tactical expertise. On 24 December 2004, while extracting one of his squads following an engagement with the enemy, the convoy he was riding in was ambushed by approximately 30 Al Qaeda fighters. With sound presence of mind and exceptional bravery, Second Lieutenant Ankney quickly dismounted his marines and maneuvered his platoon in a counter attack against the enemy position. Leading from the front, he directed his marines in closing over 800 meters of mountainous terrain to dislodge the enemy who were occupying hardened positions and caves. Second Lieutenant Ankney’s courageous actions, initiative, and complete dedication to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.