WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A tactical air control party member and one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year received a Bronze Star Medal with Valor during the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., Sept. 14.
|Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz pins the Bronze Star with Valor on Staff Sgt. Kenneth I. Walker III during the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 14, 2010, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Sergeant Walker earned the award for heroism displayed during ground combat in Ghosleck Valley, Afghanistan.|
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Staff Sgt. Kenneth I. Walker III earned the award for heroism as a member of Detachment 2, 817th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron and TASK FORCE SPADER while engaged in ground combat in Ghosleck Valley, Afghanistan, May 24, 2009.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz officiated the ceremony and presented the award to Sergeant Walker, who completed four deployments over the course of his five years of Air Force service. He also deployed to Kosovo, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
The general lauded Sergeant Walker for saving lives and demonstrating personal courage, as well as his competence.
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