Monday, December 16, 2013

4 AF Award honors fallen Scott Airman

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 Walden.

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.

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