by Airman 1st Class Ty-Rico Lea
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
4/16/2015 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A
Tyndall Airman was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal April 7 for
actions performed while deployed to Southeast Asia.
Staff Sgt. Julian Muscarella, 44th Maintenance Squadron Low Observable
Aircraft Structural Maintenance Section Chief craftsman rescued a fellow
Airman from drowning at the site's base pool. The award was presented
by Col. Jeff Cooper, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander.
"I was just doing what I'm sure anyone else would've done for a fellow
Airman," said Muscarella. "He was swimming laps, and I guess he over did
it and passed out underwater."
In order to revive the victim, Muscarella performed three rounds of
cardiopulmonary resuscitation; after the third round, the victim was
brought to consciousness.
"The other individual and I were in the base pool making use of our
spare time swimming laps," said Muscarella. "At the time, I didn't know
him and he didn't know me."
Air Force members are required to be qualified in Self-Aid Buddy Care which incorporates CPR training.
"Because I knew he was without oxygen for a significant amount of time,
it was appropriate to take the proper steps to ensure he received air as
soon as possible," he said. "After about the third round, I was able to
get him conscious again."
As a low observable aircraft structural maintenance section chief
craftsman, his daily tasks consist of refurnishing paint patterns and
fixing the structural integrity of an F-22 Raptor aircraft.
"We are proud of the actions of Staff Sgt. Muscarella, and in how he
represents himself, Team Raptor, the 44th MXS and Tyndall," said Capt.
Emily Harris, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Officer In-Charge.
According to www.afpc.af.mil, the medal was authorized by the Secretary
of the Air Force on March 28, 1958, for award to members of the Armed
Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the
Air Force after March 24, 1958, shall have distinguished themselves by
meritorious achievement and service. The degree of merit must be
distinctive, though it need not be unique. Acts of courage which do not
involve the voluntary risk of life required for the Soldier's Medal (or
the Airman's Medal now authorized for the Air Force) may be considered
for the AFCM.
"I feel good about it at the end of the day, and I'm just happy that
he's doing okay and expected to make a full recovery," said Muscarella.
"We're all brothers in arms, and you would hate to just be one of those
people who stood by and let someone die in front of you whether it's a
lack of training or lack of caring."