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Two AFSOUTH Airmen recieve Bronze Star Medals

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Lt. Col. Marc L. Cherry receives a Bronze Star Medal Sept. 14 from Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. Colonel Cherry was awarded the medal for his accomplishments while deployed to Southwest Asia, as 609th Air and Space Operation Center, Combat Operations Division deputy director, from July 8, 2008 to July 1, 2009. During this period, Colonel Cherry led the largest Combined Air and Space Operations Center division, in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. He was responsible for synchronizing over 74,000 sorties providing close air support and actionable intelligence for the surge in Iraq and the increase of kinetic activity in Afghanistan.  His team provided continuous coverage for a 64-hour troops-in-contact engagement in Afghanistan which utilized 48 aircraft to deliver 60 weapons that were vital to ground forces gaining the initiative following an ambush.  Colonel Cherry also orchestrated a massive security umbrella of 400 sorties responding to 83 troops-in-contact engagements, eliminating 90 insurgents while protecting a generator designed to provide electricity to 2 million Afghans.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Lt. Col. Marc L. Cherry receives a Bronze Star Medal Sept. 14 from Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. Colonel Cherry was awarded the medal for his accomplishments while deployed to Southwest Asia, as 609th Air and Space Operation Center, Combat Operations Division deputy director, from July 8, 2008 to July 1, 2009. During this period, Colonel Cherry led the largest Combined Air and Space Operations Center division, in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. He was responsible for synchronizing over 74,000 sorties providing close air support and actionable intelligence for the surge in Iraq and the increase of kinetic activity in Afghanistan. His team provided continuous coverage for a 64-hour troops-in-contact engagement in Afghanistan which utilized 48 aircraft to deliver 60 weapons that were vital to ground forces gaining the initiative following an ambush. Colonel Cherry also orchestrated a massive security umbrella of 400 sorties responding to 83 troops-in-contact engagements, eliminating 90 insurgents while protecting a generator designed to provide electricity to 2 million Afghans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Captain Richard S. Glade receives a Bronze Star Medal Sept. 14 from Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. Capt. Glade was awarded the medal for his service as an Information Operations Cell Intelligence Officer for a Joint Task Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Feb. 22, 2008 to Aug. 25, 2008. He was directly responsible for all intelligence research and analysis in support of information operations planning and execution that resulted in a series of effects-based operations successfully targeting and affecting the enemy insurgency.  His support enabled the Task Force to achieve tactical and operational objectives with precision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Captain Richard S. Glade receives a Bronze Star Medal Sept. 14 from Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. Capt. Glade was awarded the medal for his service as an Information Operations Cell Intelligence Officer for a Joint Task Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Feb. 22, 2008 to Aug. 25, 2008. He was directly responsible for all intelligence research and analysis in support of information operations planning and execution that resulted in a series of effects-based operations successfully targeting and affecting the enemy insurgency. His support enabled the Task Force to achieve tactical and operational objectives with precision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacqueline Romero)

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