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JBER commander presents EOD Airmen Bronze Stars

Posted 7/9/2012   Updated 7/9/2012 Email story   Print story

    


Release Number: 030712

7/9/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska  -- Monday, Air Force Colonel Brian Duffy, JBER/673d Air Base Wing commander, presented the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service to Air Force Master Sgt. Gerald Davis and Air Force Staff Sgt. Wesley Kory, both explosive ordnance disposal specialists, for service in Afghanistan.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists use tools like C4 explosives, robots
and other classified techniques to dispose of explosives. This is a dangerous job which requires a great deal of knowledge and exacting attention to detail.

The Bronze Star Medal is a very prestigious award; only a handful of Alaska
Airmen receive it each year.

Master Sergeant Davis has served 23 years in the Air Force, with eight overseas deployments, including two in Iraq and three in Afghanistan. On his most recent deployment, Davis coordinated more than 100 route clearance missions, clearing 18,000 miles of supply routes, disposing of 8,500 pounds of explosives in an area of operations encompassing 58,000 square kilometers.

Davis performed command and control for nine EOD teams, supporting two Army
and two Marine Corps route clearance companies. His efforts provided safe
transport for essential supplies.

Staff Sergeant Kory has served almost 10 years in the Air Force. He returned
from his fourth deployment in April.

On his most recent deployment, Kory served as a EOD team leader, covering
2,000 miles of urban terrain and dangerous supply routes. He and his team
destroyed 11 IEDs, 360 pounds of explosives, helping Joint Forces gain the
upper hand on terrorists in the Helmand province.

Staff Sergeant Kory also trained and certified the first Afghan National Army EOD team capable of independent operations in Helmand Province.

EOD techs handle live explosives on a daily basis. They detect, identify, render safe, recover and dispose of explosives and ordnance that are unsafe. EOD techs spend 162 days in training, learning their skills.

Helpful links:

B-roll of Afghanistan:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/139907/afghan-eod-training
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/61577/eod-stringer

EOD Specialist job description:
http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/explosive-ordnance-disposal-eod/

Bronze Star Medal:
http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Awards/bronze_star.aspx

For more information visit www.jber.af.mil, the JBER official Facebook Page
at http://www.facebook.com/JBERAK or call 907-552-8143.



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