U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Barry Cornish, 12th Air Force commander, returns the salute of Staff Sgt. Benjamin Brudnicki, 48th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, during a Bronze Star presentation ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 1, 2020. Brudnicki received the Bronze Star with valor for his actions during a mission last year in Afghanistan. JACOB T. STEPHENS/U.S. AIR FORCE
Two elite US Air Force Pararescuemen of the 48th Rescue Squadron have been awarded Bronze Stars with V devices to commend their heroic actions in Afghanistan last year.
On October 1, Master Sgt. Adam Fagan and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Brudnicki were awarded the medals during a ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.
The duo were part of two separate operations in the Helmand Province last May, when they were tasked with providing medical assistance during the clearing of Taliban compounds and IED manufacturing facilities.
According to the Stars and Stripes, Brudnicki provided medical aid while continuing to pressing a defensive posture, often engaging the enemy at close range and running through gunfire to rescue a pinned civilian.
Two months prior, Fagan -assigned to an Army Special Forces team- treated wounded while under fire and moved with notable swiftness.
Col. Peter White, commander of the 563rd Rescue Group, praised the men during the ceremony.
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