MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. –U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, 15th Air Force commander, presented Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brunetto, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, with a Silver Star Medal Oct. 29, here.
While deployed in February 2020, Brunetto performed a lifesaving procedure on a wounded teammate, and managed the evacuation of nearly a dozen patients while under attack.
“This Silver Star is a testament to all of the training and superior leadership that led up to Feb. 8, 2020, and for the people who fought next to him that day and lived to tell the tale,” Franks said. “Today is an important day, one that doesn’t happen very often in our Air Force. Today, we get to recognize the heroism of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Brunetto for his actions in Afghanistan earlier this year. Nick was trained and well equipped like every Airman we send into combat … but today we recognize him for the courage he had to act. That is heroism. That is what today is about.”
The origins of the Silver Star date back to 1918 and World War I when it was called the Citation Star. It is the first distinctive medal issued solely for gallantry and valor in combat. Some recipients of the Silver Star include U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton, Gen. George Marshall and Spc. Pat Tillman.
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