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Dyess tech sergeant awarded Bronze Star, Pitbull of the Month award in Afghanistan
Tech. Sgt. Sharma Haynes, 7th Comptroller Squadron, was awarded the first Pitbull of the Month award as well as a Bronze Star for her tour of duty.
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Dyess tech sergeant awarded Bronze Star, Pitbull of the Month award in Afghanistan

Posted 4/2/2012   Updated 4/2/2012 Email story   Print story


by Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Kip Wright Special

4/2/2012 - SOUTHWEST ASIA, Afghanistan  -- When a person thinks about U.S. military special operations, thoughts of spreadsheets, calculators or budgets may not come to mind. But those are the tools an Abilene service member uses in her special operations assignment -- skills that helped her win two military honors.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sharma Haynes, stationed at Dyess Air Force Base with the 7th Comptroller Squadron, recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where she served as a budget analyst for Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan and balanced the books for special operations forces.

"That was my first experience in a special operations environment, so I didn't really know what to expect," Haynes said.

She successfully met the challenges and was awarded a Bronze Star. She also was the first recipient of the Pitbull of the Month award from the command.

"I nominated Tech. Sgt. Haynes for the Pitbull award because of the commandwide impact she made on a daily basis and her absolute tenacity in solving problems top to bottom," said her supervisor, Air Force Capt. Anthony George.

Using her skills as a financial technical expert, she tackled pay issues for service members and made sure special operations troops on the ground had the funds they needed for mission success.

"She fought through long days and expended every ounce of her expertise to develop the financial processes for the command," George said. "She sought no personal benefit from her hard work, but she knew that she could improve the situation for special operations troops and the Afghan local police they partner with."

Haynes said an additional challenge she faced was "coming into a staff position where 95 percent of my co-workers outranked me."

That didn't hold her back.

"Among a field of senior noncommissioned officers and high-ranking officers in a high-paced environment, she showed that her ability to positively impact the mission far exceeded her rank and years of experience," George said.

Reflecting on her tour in Afghanistan, Haynes said, "My time in Afghanistan was busy at all times, but time well spent -- I know when most people see the news and read the papers, the majority of what they see are the bad things that occur here, but the U.S. presence is making a positive impact on this country."

Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Kip Wright is a public affairs officer for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.

3/28/2013 4:22:29 PM ET
Enough said....httpwww.af.milnewsstory.aspid123341349
ML, almost retired
4/17/2012 9:09:48 PM ET
PROUD OF HER I understand how you are proud of your friend but for me the point and outrage that everyone is making isnt specifically to her. Its the process. You can quote the medal definition all day and it will fall on deaf ears. The medal was written when we had a defined battlefield not fighting an insurgency. True combat is an actual engagement we still have those be it IED ambush or fighting on an actual FLOT or FEBA not staying on a FOB or rotating from FOB to FOB or COP to COP. But to say she was in a combat zone as the medal definition is written is a stretch. I am sure she did an outstanding job while she was there but to award her with a Bronze Star that is meant to be awarded to someone who was truly fighting in a combat zone or to be presented to a widow of widower or mother and father posthumously in the service members name that was in combat is the issue. Her described duty in the article does not equal a BSM.
Just a Dude, U.S.
4/17/2012 1:30:53 AM ET
She successfully met the challenges and was awarded a Bronze Star. This quote here indicates she accomplished her job. We are all expected to successfully meet the challenges of our jobs in deployed locations as well as at our home stations. If we didn't lives would be lost. I'm sure this individual earned some sort of award for her achievement however there seems to be more appropriate awards she could have been put in for. A Meritorious Service Medal isn't even awarded for individuals less than the rank of SNCO or Major or above. As a previous awards and decs writer I'm astonished that this award was even approved.
4/12/2012 8:55:46 PM ET
first off as for the first comment the apporiate award for meritorious service in a combat zone does not have to be a Bronze star it can also be an achievement medal or commendation medal.....Second I spent 364 days in Afghanistan performed over 300 Combat patrols outside the wire as the lead vehicle gunner covering around 30K miles provding security for tons of sustainment cargo and people through some of the worst areas of afghanistan with no loss of life and got my bronze star downgraded to a commendation medal due to my RANK not matching the reconmended standard set for the bronze star... YES the decoration system within the AIr Force is screwed up when you base who gets an award on Rank and not Acts of Service......
confused, Everywhere
4/12/2012 8:16:25 PM ET
As a former member of her unit I can tell you that this level of recognition was common among all AFSCs though E-6 was about the lowest I saw receive one. Yes for most it was predominately office work but we'd often pull convoys for movement 3-4 times a week. So no she just didn't sit behind her desk everyday. I have to laugh at some of the comments made solely on assumption. This was a joint command so don't go blaming the Air Force for the process. And for anyone who has had their head stuck in the sand for the last 11 years BSMs are common. For the tard at Ramstein and the flame retardant uniform comment that's per the reporting instructions dude for JET taskings...and you're in Germany tool put down your bud light and stop complaining go enjoy the country.
Noner, East Coast
4/12/2012 8:45:08 AM ET
PLEASE before sending these emails full of hatred and jealousy KNOW THE RULES for decorations Recently Educated explains it well. This BSM is not issued on the same level as a BSM with Valor device. I'm sure TSgt Haynes deserves exactly what she got. An MSM would be inappropriate in this situtation. Also please note it was the Army that awarded this BSM not the AF.
MSgt, TN - Formerly of Iraq
4/12/2012 3:16:58 AM ET
First off pictures are worth a thousand words Those are pretty nice nails to be maintaining in a deployed location Obviously not in a COMBAT OUTPOST Second Im in the AOR and I dont have that nifty uniform that should NOT be issued to someone sitting in an AC office Im sweating my rear off in my good ole WINTER WEIGHT ABUS Now onto the issue at hand. Top Brass says NCO's need to fix the EPR system NOW but they sign off on garbage like this I understand according to AFI this was an allowable metal since it was in a COMBAT zone. Thats one AFI that needs to be rewritten NOW Top Brass. It cheapens the award just as everyone getting 5's for doing their job does IMHO I could not accept a BSM awarded on these grounds when I have friends that have GIVEN sooo much for theirs Friends in the Infantry that have been stuck in COMBAT OUTPOSTS for over a year going through the unimaginable hardships just praying everyday they make it home to their familys Many of th
Tossing the Towel 11yrs, Sweating in WinterWeights wIBA AOR
4/11/2012 6:30:38 PM ET
Rock on I did that very job from Aug 2010 to Feb 2011. It was not fun Lots of trips outside the wire to some very scary places. Even missed an IED by about 5 minutes. SO... Been there done that got the T-Shirt I'm proud of her
Michael, Mountain Home AFB
4/11/2012 1:41:33 PM ET
Good for her that she worked long hours. Using her skills as a financial technical expert she tackled pay issues for service members and made sure special operations troops on the ground had the funds they needed for mission success. CriteriaThe award recognizes acts of heroism performed in ground combat if they are of lesser degree than that required for the Silver Star. HistoryThis decoration authorized by Executive Order No. 9419 on February 4 1944 is awarded to a person in any branch of the military service who while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States on or after December 7 1941 shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service not involving participation in aerial flight in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.No where in the article does it state that she was involved in ground combat. Where is the heroic act that she was involved in If you award her this medal you b
David, Seattle
4/11/2012 3:08:09 AM ET
When I hear people say that a BSM without V device is just a MSM...then why didn't she get an MSM If the criteria for these medals are comparable when the V device is not included then I think that one of the criteria needs to be rewritten. My personal experince is busting my but for 3-4 years at a base going on deployments spending 12 hour shifts generating aircraft but since I had a single markdown on one EPR I'm denied even an AFAM or AFCM AND that isn't even a set in stone rule within the AFI just the way things have been done. Something is screwed up about this. Not saying she didn't do a good job or anything but there are far more people out there that deserve decorations that are not getting them because their commands are far more selective on who gets what but her command seems like the candy machines.
Tony, South Alazona ROK
4/10/2012 7:07:48 PM ET
If all of you would just take a few minutes to do some research you would clearly see that meritorious service inside a combat zone....yes this includes inside the wire...is one of the criteria that justifies the award of a Bronze Star. Plus I'm assuming none of you have readreviewed or sat on the board that approved her medal thus you have no clue of her exact accomplishments. You ignorantly assume since she is a finance troop that she just sits in her office all day. For all we know her duties might have taken her outside the wire on a frequent basis. And just because your inside the wire doesn't mean you're not at risk. Green on Blue incidents are on the rise and you can never forget about the ever present threat of rockets and mortars. Bottom line if the Special Operators she supported think she is worthy of a Bronze Star who are you to judge their decision. You should applaud and respect the fact that one of your fellow Airman is honorably serving her country and was recogniz
4/10/2012 6:44:43 PM ET
The Bronze Star is the combat zone version of the MSM. The medal is also awarded for meritorious achievement or service. Do any of you have any idea the number of personnel assigned to the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command.CFSOCC It's not like she was in charge of the local finance office at Podunk AFB. CFSOCC consists of two combined joint special operations task forces one Combined Joint Special Operations Aviation Command one joint psychological operations task force one Naval Special Warfare Unit and three Special Operations command and control elements.The command she was assigned to sounds like it is as large as or larger than any MAJCOMS the Air Force has. This sounds like a job a SMSgt or a CMSgt should be accomplishing and here we have a TSgt doing it. Just because she is a desk jockey does not mean she did not deserve this. In my opinion if that is what it was then I applaud her supervisor for taking care and recognizing their troops I personally r
Don Biddle, Ocean Springs MS
4/10/2012 11:04:16 AM ET
Proud of Her Though her supervisor probably believed her achievements had an impact commensurate with this award it doesn't make it is 'right'. As of Sept 11 2011 the MSM may be awarded in a combat theater. Additionally the MSM was created to provide an appropriate award for NON-COMBAT achievement or SERVICE comparable to the BSM. The BSM is a combat award for actions while ENGAGED AGAINST AN ENEMY actions during military operations INVOLVING CONFLICT against a foreign force or ENGAGED IN ARMED CONFLICT against an opposing foreign force in which the US is not a belligerent party. So without being ENGAGED IN ARMED CONFLICT or TAKING ARMED ACTION against an enemy this would not be an appropriate award. Yes all the comments about this making the award of the BSM 'cheap' are spot on. I've worked side by side with service members who has been shot at blown up and gone days with only what they could carry on their backs and half of them didn't 'meet the criteria' because
EOD, Texas
4/9/2012 9:15:31 PM ET
Congratulations TSgt Haynes. Great workers are hard to come by these days. I'm grateful that you had strong leadership that went to bat for someone who deserved it. What upsets me are the degrading comments about her being a desk jockey. If anything is shameful here it is the small-minded attitude that you have to meet a biased criteria to make a significant difference in a war zone.
Dan, Shaw AFB
4/9/2012 11:44:04 AM ET
The accomplishments that TSgt Haynes made although honorable does not meet the requirements to receive the Bronze Star. Note exemplary conduct in ground combat which was not conducted by TSgt Haynes. She should have received an MSM.The award may be made to each member of the Armed Forces of the United States who after 6 December 1941 was cited in orders or awarded a certificate for exemplary conduct in ground combat against an armed enemy after 7 December 1941. For this purpose an award of the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge is considered as a citation in orders.
Jfack, Langley AFB
4/9/2012 11:10:14 AM ET
Was this an April Fool's Article I certainly hope so
Retired O-5, Scott AFB
4/9/2012 10:42:45 AM ET
When I first read this my intial reaction was...here we go again another Nonner get acolades for a job well done. But I have to gut check myself with this one. Why are we so spun up on this First of all I am thankful for her service. She did a good job and was recognized for it. WOW A concept lost in todays AF. Then I'd like to state that the Bronze Star is appropriate in this case. Please educate yourselves because the Bronze Star is NOT exclusive to only a few jobs. Todays Enlisted force is put through trials mere civilians couldn't understand. regardless of your job deployments suck for everybody. If you are this upset allow me to add a lil perspective. If you are reading this and are Senior Enlisted and do NOT take care of your people. Shame on You. If you aren't quite there yet. Worry about what you CAN take care of and make positive changes when you are able to. Never be ashamed of an Enlisted anybody doing their job well. How many of us hate it when a finance troop me
Shane, GOOD JOB for a Nonner
4/9/2012 7:17:33 AM ET
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to any person who distinguishes or has distinguished by heroic or meritorious achievement or service not involving participation in aerial flight-a- while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United Statesb- while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force orc- while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. While not knowing the specifics of how she earned it I highly doubt a finance troop engaged in any kind of Action or Conflict against the enemy. And I don't care if she served in a combat zone the BSM is for actual combat not for waging war with the printer. I don't care if the Secretary of Defense gave her the award if she did not engage in combat she deserves the Meritorious Service Medal. I take care of my troops by recognizing them with the appropriate awardmedal
Disgusted, Germany
4/9/2012 4:57:41 AM ET
You know I was a finance person working in a special unit that deals with SFS Maintainers Loadmasters pretty much a little bit of every career field. Now I am a crew cheif working in a different special unit with pretty much the same AFFSCs. I do not agree with the Bronze Star medal for just doing your job and not going outside the wire however to all the people that say their job is harder because they work outside. Most jobs i see out there that have people whine about Finance having it easy have a hell of a lot easier job that Finance. Finance is easy but it is still harder than checking IDs for 12 hours or riding in a plane for 8 hours or fixing planes. Dont believe me ask someone who cross-trained out or into finance. They will tell you the same thing.
Will, Germany
4/8/2012 1:37:45 AM ET
Everyone stop...read the instruction. Not an MSM but a BSM. It's that simple if you like it or not. Stop whining and have a valid point. It doesn't matter if you are a Figther DCC or a MPF technician. Combat zone is that. Stop whining and do some actual work
Joe, N Las Vegas
4/6/2012 1:53:46 PM ET
Grow up people and understand the award system. A bronze star is just a MSM in a combat location. They shouldn't be giving a MSM out in war time it's either a commendation or BSM. She obviously did enough to merit a MSM and was given the appropriate award. Also it's a army guy presenting the award which means the army probably approved the award amd the AF authorized the sister service award. You obviously know more than the commander award board army and air force.
Informed , Reality
4/6/2012 11:18:55 AM ET
For all the maintenance people hating this person for doing an outstanding job and getting a medal that you say she does not deserve Google this phrase 911th maintainer awarded Bronze Star. Where was the hatred when this person got one Looks to me like he was also just doing his job yet there are 0 comments on this story. Let's be honest here people hate finance. I get it. None of us know exactly what happened while she was deployed nor do any of you know exactly what finance does while deployed. Pro Tip Not just travel vouchers in an ac office. Instead of hating someone who I'm sure didn't ask for this award how about we congratulate her and thank her for a job well done Congrats TSgt Haynes I appreciate what you do.
Disgusted, @ Comments
4/6/2012 10:16:13 AM ET
It is amazing the harsh criticism extolled here about a troop because of an award she won. Especially from those who have no idea what the criteria for the award are and what she did while she was deployed to EARN it. All you see is that she is a finance troop and therefore not worthy of such an award. I guess only certain AFSCs deserve to be recognized for their actions in a combat zone. THE APPROPRIATE AWARD FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE IN A COMBAT ZONE IS THE BRONZE STAR. NOT THE MSM. Her award was given to her by her ARMY leadership whom she worked for. I am sure they knew what they were doing and therefore did what all good supervisors do.TAKE CARE OF THEIR TROOPS.
4/5/2012 11:58:31 PM ET
Every single negative comment here is ridiculous. Every idiot here thinking she got awarded for travel vouchers or pay issues with their troops has no idea what AFSOC does on a daily basis. This girl is doing way way more than that... If you wonder how those guys outside the wire pay off informants bring around bricks of cash for bribes it doesnt just appear out of thin air. That money is accounted for tracked and needs to be approved. The money is what makes that part of the world go around and is vital to the mission they fulfill. If you want to talk down to our troops go ahead and let the aircraft maintenance folks that they aren't worth a damn because they aren't 'OUTSIDE THE WIRE.' All of you hill-jack one-angled thinkers are clueless and need to grow up. She's clearly done a fantastic job and although the bronze star is viewed as a CAM and normally only given out to valor in combat it's not written anywhere that that is the case. So do some research and stop sounding lik
TrashHauler09, Alaska
4/5/2012 5:06:37 PM ET
This isn't Bronze Star material. This is httpwww.aetc.af.milnewsstory.aspid123296582
Phil, Las Vegas NV
4/5/2012 4:23:11 PM ET
What is leadership saying about this obviously nothing.....this is sick. But got to give mad props to her supervisor he must be a great writer
JTrefurt's, Guam
4/5/2012 4:18:32 PM ET
Wow once again we are destroying the award system how many security force members even get a medal on a deployment and this person a desk jockey a bsm. The corporation is out of control I endured 504 rockets not mortars and almost got whacked 4 times on my 365 imbedded with Iraqis and live with PTSD. And was proud of my BSM when I received it after seeing this I might melt it down to a a make a pen out of it since that's how people get medals ....soldier up
Jtrefurt, Guam
4/5/2012 4:06:04 PM ET
Is this what re-bluing the force is all about Gen Schwartz cannot be proud of the direction the AF has taken under his managership I blame everyone from the top down for letting stuff like this happen. Boooo Hisssss
Retired , Florida
4/5/2012 3:59:26 PM ET
You're kidding me..againwhat a slap in the face to all the maintainers and folks working outside the wire 2x as hard and 2x as long.Didn't know going into a staff position was a challenge guess all Amn and A1C's going into a new shop should get a MSM at least cause its a challeneger being the lowest on the totem pole...gimme a break
Minot, Minot
4/5/2012 3:41:48 PM ET
Why is she wearing a Flame Retardant Uniform if she doesn't go outside the wire I all ready commented on her Medal.
4/5/2012 2:56:54 PM ET
I will share what I learned recently while being mad about the previous finance BSM awarded.The appropriate award for meritorious service in a combat zone is the Bronze Star. Not the MSM. So if her service was meritorious and it occurred in Afghanistan she got the correct award.The anger we see is because people are mistaking the Bronze Star with the Bronze Star with Valor. The V device means outside the wire heroism bravery courage etc. Without the V it is just an MSM but in a combat zone. Hope this helps a little...
Recently Educated, Earth
4/5/2012 2:56:33 PM ET
Seriously the AF recognition system has gone to hell. Where did I miss the part where the individual deserved this decoration If you work 8hrs a day in the AC you should immediately realize you have the easiest job in the AF. As a Fighter Aircraft Dedicated Crew Chief I will continue to work my 12 hr shifts and bust my behind yet I will never receive any recognition of this kind for just doing my job and neither should anyone else. If you have any dignity or respect for people who actually earn this decoration you would return the decoration and understand you did nothing to deserve it.
Sean, Japan
4/5/2012 2:49:00 PM ET
What an embarrassment. This is a slap in the face to everyone that has truly EARNED this medal. These people should be ashamed of themselves. It's truly sickening that there are people whose lives are put on the line in real combat every day that get no more than a big F.U. at the end of the day and yet these pencil pushers who probably can't even define the term combat are given such a high honor. They should be ashamed to wear this uniform.
Jason, Hawaii
4/5/2012 2:28:35 PM ET
Great article about how blah blah blah happened in the AoR. Bold print Special operations tiny print finance and then zero mention of actions completed to deserve a bronze star. I'm entirely unsure about what this medal represents anymore.
Great article, United States
4/5/2012 2:19:11 PM ET
My Bronze Star was awarded with a V device for valor in combat. Was hers given with a device After all She fought through long days and expended every ounce of her expertise to develop the financial processes for the command. So I didn't have to get shot at after all
Greg, NC
4/5/2012 2:16:55 PM ET
I think the point has been made. Great she is a professional and does her job well. She deserves a 5 on her EPR and maybe an MSM depending on the circumstances. Whoopee.This is yet another example of good supervision. Someone took the time to write a well written medal for their troop and it went through likely due to a lack of knowledge and AF protocol on the part of the approving official. Too bad 99 percent of AF supervisors could care less about the people they supervise.The fact that the medal is completely unjustified and unwarranted is irrelevant. She has it she has the points and she'll probably make rank faster that someone who worked a lot harder and suffered significantly more injustices and poor treatment from their supervision..... even if they were one of the ones that was actually shot at. Obviously that doesn't matter.Its the new AF way.... the me me me generation has taken over and the power of the pen combined with rampant incompetence an
18year TSgt, Anywhere
4/5/2012 2:07:04 PM ET
A Bronze star really We have soldiers who are serving their country for over 20 years and are denied a Meritorious Service Medals but TWO finance specialists receiving Bronze Stars This is acceptable how What a GREAT way to cheapen our merit system. Where's the Inspector General Beyond ridiculous.
Cecilia, United States
4/5/2012 1:37:26 PM ET
Some damn O-6 should be demoted for that. How about an MSM if she did such a great job. Thanks US military for sending the morale of those that risk their lives to be rewarded with a commendation medal down the drain once again. You should be ashamed.- Signed someone getting an MSM for performing wartime OTW ops and still feeling like I'm not worthy
Joe, Afghanistan
4/5/2012 1:32:08 PM ET
Wowww is all I got to say. I agree mostly with what everyone else wrote. But it is not her fault leadership FAILED and gave her a Medal way higher than what she has earned. LEADERSHIP FAILED All I got to say.
The Hunt, Ramstein AB GE
4/5/2012 1:25:24 PM ET
I know people that recieved the award after being KIA. Worked with E-1s through E-4s with over 300 combat missions in the course of a 365 deployment that recieved either an AFAM or NOTHING. Sad news.
Dusty, Ok
4/5/2012 1:13:17 PM ET
She got the Bronze Star for doing a great job at her desk This is what the Achievement Medal is for. Whats next giving the Medal of Honor to her boss for writing the package The Air Force is trying stare away from the Chair Force mentality and here we are giving Bronze Stars away like candy while some Army person with one arm is contemplating turning into the Hulk and smashing the room heshe is in after reading this. I bet every Chief of Staff is laughing their butts off at the Air Force Chief of Staff and SECAF. Air Force image ruined.
Paul, N.C.
4/5/2012 1:12:07 PM ET
After 26 deployments over 15 yrs to include 44 O-1 combat sorties to include 10 night combat sorties during the 2003 OIF campaign all I got was an Air Medal. Eventually I received an MSM when I retired. I was told I could not use those missions towards promotion because that's your job and what you're supposed to do Obviously flying the USAF's primary mission isn't good enough. I blame the so-called leadership and the system here.
Retired, CA USA
4/5/2012 12:25:45 PM ET
I am sorry but I think this is just wrong. Good on her for doing her job and stepping up but was she involved on combat bravery or was there heroism This is the second BSM I have seen just given to someone for nothing. I she excelled at her job then she should have earned a MSM. I hope AF leadership is listening. And shame on the person for allowing this. The part where a person can recognize single acts of merit or meritorious service needs to be removed unless it coinsides with an act of bravery or heroism. What I see when I read this article is someone who did her job and excelled at it. Yes it was meritorious hence a MSM. But I see nothing to warrent the achievement of our 4th highest award This is what is wrong with AF leadership. To allow this make me ashamed of the AF. No wonder the other branches we serve with think we are a big joke. Congrats again and every time you look at your medal please think of all those individuals that have fought in combat saved a life
a proud Air Force Veteran, Texas
4/5/2012 10:25:36 AM ET
The Bronze Star is a combat award for courage under fire not for sitting in an air-conditioned office crunching numbers. This has diminished EVERY Bronze Star ever given for combat. I have no doubt that the sergeant is outstanding at what she does. That is what the Meritorious Service Medal is for.
David Brawner, US
4/5/2012 8:40:22 AM ET
And people wonder why maintainers have such hatred towards noners
Jeff, Kunsan
4/5/2012 8:34:33 AM ET
i did not realize that being a CPA in a war zone was soooooo dangerous. this is a true slap in the face to troops that face DIRECT combat on a daily basis.was a field promotion not possible epic fail.
chester robbins , virginia beachva
4/5/2012 8:33:21 AM ET
YOU GAVE HER A BRONZE STAR FOR FIXING PAY ISSUES WHICH IS HER JOB TO BEGIN WITHThanks for making the Bronze Star pretty much useless now... I just cannot FATHOM how anyone would approved this Thanks for fixing the pay problems and an achievement is MAX that she should have received for her contributions...
Robert Murphy, Indiantown Gap PA
4/5/2012 7:46:12 AM ET
You're kidding right Aren't there commendation medals for this kind of stuff Awarding the Bronze Star for something like this cheapens the award. Did she also get the Purple Heart for a paper cut
Rudyard, State of disbelief
4/5/2012 3:49:17 AM ET
Unbelievable. Another person gets a BSM for doing their job and never leaving the wire. The AF has seriously lost it's focus on decorations and good people that probably deserve them aren't getting them.
Will, NE
4/5/2012 1:18:30 AM ET
Are you FREAKING kidding me Another one AF.mil already removed the story about the paper pusher from San Antonio getting this supposedly prestigous medal. And yet we have another one. There is nothing in this article that says she deserves a Bronze Star...NOTHING. This is the type of the thing the MSM is meant for. NOT the Bronze Star
I quit, Las Vegas NV
4/4/2012 11:42:14 PM ET
Good to see that finance troops are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Someone should be getting awarded for all those travel vouchers that get messed up I also think it's great news that stellar finance troops will be spared from any future cuts in manning because they are obviously among the brightest and best
that guy, turdy tousand feet
4/4/2012 9:46:50 PM ET
Are you kidding me ANOTHER FINANCE SPECIALIST WITH A BRONZE STAR This is getting ridiculous. You were a budget analyst and balanced the books so you got the fourth highest award for heroism valor and meritorious service Meritorious service comes with valor and heroism not necessarily the other way around. Every person in the AOR ultimately supports special operations so you can quit that noise...this is a high impact low density conflict with the majority of the heavy lifting being carried out by SOF. I want to cross train into finance just so my 25 medal points embarrass these pathetic excuses for desk jockeys. These commanders should be ashamed of themselves. Congratulations Air Force you have just degraded a medal that has been awarded for a couple generations to fine individuals who were deserving.
Perturbed SSgt, DM AFB
4/4/2012 4:34:57 PM ET
This is getting out of hand. To all those who have gone outside the wire and are going outside the wire wearing 70lbs of gear and return with no more than a thanks for doing your job I'm sorry you have to see people get BSM that dont' deserve them.
Pat, S.Korea
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