Travis airman awarded Purple Heart

By From page A4 | December 18, 2012

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The second of two Travis airmen who were wounded in a June 1 attack on a forward operating base in Afghanistan was awarded the Purple Heart last week, according to a press release from the 60th Air Mobility Wing.

Senior Airman Kevin Bolton of the 573rd Global Support Squadron was awarded the medal Wednesday at the Base Theater, according to the release.

Bolton was part of a 10-person team at Forward Operating Base Salerno when the Taliban detonated a truck loaded with explosives at the base’s entrance and then tried to storm the base with a force outfitted with body armor and armed with automatic weapons. Coalition forces repelled the insurgents, killing 14 of them, according to The Associated Press.

The blast blew out the doors and windows of the air freight terminal where Bolton was working. Bolton moved several civilians to a secure part of the building and returned to the defensive position he was assigned to when he was struck by fire from one of the insurgents who got into the base, according to the press release.

Senior Airman Jeffery Rivera, also part of the 10-person team at Forward Operating Base Salerno, was awarded a Purple Heart on July 17 for injuries he sustained during the attack. He was injured in the ear and neck by an explosion.

Both men recovered from their injuries and returned to duty.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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