Travis AFB Airmen to Receive Purple Heart Thursday

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The Purple Heart Medal will be presented to three Travis AFB Airmen Thursday afternoon for combat wounds. Interview opportunities will follow the ceremony.

Three Travis Airmen will be awarded the Purple Heart Thursday for injuries they sustained during their deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who were wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy, or awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who were killed in action or died of wounds received in action.

Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Staff Sgt. David Adkins and Staff Sgt. Brian Buhrer, all 60th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight members, were injured during improvised explosive device attacks in combat missions while deployed to Afghanistan.

There will be opportunities for interviews with the recipients immediately following the ceremony. Biographies of the Airmen will also be provided to media representatives at the event.

If you are interested in reporting on this event, contact the 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs office at 707-424-2011 to confirm attendance. Media representatives attending should arrive at the base visitor’s center not later than 2:15 p.m., Thursday, 5 Jan.


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Lt Col Robert Couse-baker
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