The 238th Air Support Operations Squadron held its awards ceremony Sunday to recognize the airmen who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
One member, Senior Airman James Munn, received a special medal--the Bronze Star with Valor-- for his courage. Munn served in Fallujah as tactical air command and control specialist, alongside the First Cavalry Division. A mission called "Operation Iron Fury" put him the midst of enemy fire.
"He was engaging the enemy personally," said Maj. Gen. Harold Cross, Mississippi's adjutant general. "He was trying to call in air power and his radios failed. He switched to another combat radio network under fire, direct and indirect fire. Actually engaged the enemy and killing 6 of the insurgents and still continuing his mission for air strikes to be ready when combat soldiers needed him."
Ii is because of those actions he received the high honor of the Bronze STar with Valor, awarded for acts of bravery in a critical combat situation.
"I just felt I did my job I didn't know about the award," said Munn.
"He did his mission over and above the call of duty in the engagement," Cross emphasized. "He actually was there shooting and engaging insurgents as well as calling in air support."
The Bronze Star for Valor is a rare award, given only to service members who display bravery in battle.