Military Awards Bronze Stars To Five Airmen At Uab Ceremonies Feb. 13

| February 13, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Donna Cope

Five Special Tactics airmen for the U.S. Air Force received the military’s Bronze Star during ceremonies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Feb. 13.

Recipients of the military’s fourth-highest combat medal included Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell, emergency medicine physician; Lt. Col. Matthew Uber, nurse anesthetist; Maj. Justin Manley, surgeon; Capt. Cade Reedy, emergency room nurse; and Maj. Jonathan Chin.

 The airmen, part of an elite Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) from the 720th Operations Support Squadron, received the award for extraordinary heroism. They gave quick, lifesaving care during an overwhelming surge of casualties while deployed in the fight against the Islamic State group. During a two-month period, the small team cared for more than 750 patients, managed 19 mass-casualty events, performed 16 lifesaving surgeries and cared for casualties of chemical weapon exposure.

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