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6 NYS guardsmen receive bronze star of valor

Albany, N.Y. Six New York Air National Guard members will receive the Bronze Star for Valor during a ceremony, Friday, at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced.

The six members of the 106 Rescue Wings 103rd Rescue Squadron are being honored for the courage they showed when under fire during a Dec. 10, 2012 rescue mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Today, we recognize the tremendous bravery of six New York Air National Guardsmen who put their lives on the line to protect the safety of others, Governor Cuomo said in a statement. Our Guard members have served admirably both in wars abroad and during emergencies at home. The courage, clear thinking, and selfless dedication of these six Airmen is a testament to the incredible service of New Yorks Air National Guard. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my congratulations to these brave men for this well-deserved honor.

The men receiving the Broze Star for Valor are: Captain Ronnie Maloney, Senior Master Sergeant Erik Blom, Technical Sergeant Anthony Yusup, Staff Sergeant James Dougherty, Staff Sergeant Matthew Zimmer, and Staff Sergeant Christopher Petersen.

These men successfully treated and evacuated three American Soldiers and one Afghan soldier who had all been injured when an improvised explosive devise hit their unit.

 
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