by Maj. Stan Paregien
932nd Airlift Wing
12/15/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Fourth
Air Force has named a new award after a 932nd Airlift Wing Airman who
lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom.
The "Fourth Air Force Technical Sergeant Anthony C. Campbell Award for
Mission Support Group Excellence" honors the explosive ordnance disposal
technician who was killed Dec. 15, 2009, while attempting to steer his
team clear of an improvised explosive device during a cordon and search
mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Campbell, assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, here, stymied
enemy bomb makers with the discovery and destruction of more than 280
pieces of ordnance and bulk explosives used to make IEDs.
Lt. Col. Lori Walden, 932nd CES commander, was appreciative when hearing
the news of the award with Campbell's name attached to it.
"I'm pleased to see the memory of Tech Sgt Tony Campbell will remain at
the forefront of our attention by remembering his dedication and
sacrifice in the form of the 4th Air Force Mission Support Group Annual
Award. Sergeant Campbell's heroic actions and unselfish devotion to his
country are a testament to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician he
was," said Walden.
"He courageously cleared a safe path to the mission objective, provided
security over-watch for his team and selflessly moved the team out of
danger upon recognizing an improvised explosive device in the team's
path just before it detonated. His quick actions contributed to the
safety of the other team members.
"Tech. Sgt. Campbell will never be forgotten by the Civil Engineer
family and it's an honor for this award to be named after him," added
The award will be given to the best Mission Support Group in 4th AF each
year. The 932nd AW is a subordinate unit under 4th AF, headquartered
at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.