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The Bronze Star presented to Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Johnson

Release Number: 010611

During the 104th Fighter Wing's Commander's Call on June 5, 2011 the Bronze Star medal will be presented to Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Johnson (Worthington, MA) for exemplary leadership, personal endeavor and devotion to duty while supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM assigned to Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

Chief Master Sgt. Johnson will be recognized for leading the last out-side-the wire combat patrol for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, tactically securing a residence harboring six suspected insurgents. He also helped establish the first joint US/Iraqi entry-control point on Joint Base Balad, strengthening the Iraqi/US partnership.

"The dedication and resilience demonstrated by Chief Master Sgt. Johnson exemplifies the excellence of the Air National Guard," said Col. Robert T. Brooks, 10th Fighter Wing Commander. "We are proud of his accomplishments, and glad to have him home safe."

Additional members of the wing will be recognized during the ceremony, to include Ms. Pat Connors (Westfield, MA). She will be recognized for serving as the Family Readiness Group Chairperson for the past 10 years, organizing countless activities and serving thousands of military members and families throughout her tenure. Additionally the wing will present several Meritorious Service Medals, recognizing outstanding service.

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Members of the media are welcome to cover this event. Please coordinate with the Public Affairs office before arrival (413) 568-9151 x 6981263. With increased security on base, all visits must be coordinated in advance.