ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three New Mexico National Guardsmen have been awarded for meritorious service while deployed in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Philipbar, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jose Moreno and Sgt. 1st Class David Muniz received Bronze Star Medals during a pinning ceremony Saturday morning in Albuquerque.
“On behalf of our nation, on behalf of our State of New Mexico, on behalf of the other airmen and soldiers in the New Mexico National Guard and their families, I want to thank you guys for your selfless service that you displayed during this deployment,” New Mexico National Guard Adjutant General Kenneth Nava. “I know those guys on the ground were super happy to have you guys up in the air.”
The men, members of Detachment 6, Alpha Company of the 245th Aviation Regiment, can’t get into the specifics, but all were crew members on a C-12 aircraft flying intelligence and counter-intelligence missions.
As part of Task Force Communications, Electronic, Attack Surveillance and Reconnaissance, they provided support to troops on the ground from December 2017 to August of this year in Operation Freedom Sentinel.
“You are flying over battles,” Philipbar said after the ceremony. “It’s not like any other war. It’s Afghanistan.”