Monday, July 14, 2008

TOP STORY >> LRS member receives Bronze Star

By Airman 1st Class Nathan Allen
314th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A member of the 314th Logistics Readiness Squadron was recognized for his efforts during a recent deployment.

Master Sgt. Le Vander McGinnis was presented the Bronze Star by Brig. Gen. Rowayne A. Schatz, Jr., 314th Airlift Wing commander, for his achievements while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

While stationed in Afghanistan, Sergeant McGinnis played a key leadership role and displayed true professionalism while serving as the Logistics Center Joint Transportation Cell Non-commissioned Officer in Charge, according to the citation.

In theater, Sergeant McGinnis provided theater ground and logistical airlift support for U.S. and Coalition Special Operations Forces. He was responsible for the movements of two forward operating bases and 26 fire bases and directed the movement of over 2,500 personnel, one million short tons of equipment and 50 container delivery system airdrops.

The medal citation also stated that, Sergeant McGinnis assisted in the coordination of several emergency re-supply missions to remote fire bases facing intense fighting, and played a pivotal role in coordinating and contracting outside rotary wing assets to ensure the delivery of food, munitions, water, ammunitions and other supplies.

While Sergeant McGinnis’ preparations made major contributions to the mission, they were also focused on safety; as his plans resulted in six months of accident- free operations.

The Bronze Star medal, authorized by Executive Order No. 9419 Feb 4, 1944, is awarded a person in any branch of the military service who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States on or after Dec. 7, 1941, shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.


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