914th Reservists Receive Purple Heart

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  • By Tech.Sgt. James Orbin
  • 914AW Public Affairs
Reserve Technical Sgt's Steve Paddison and Tim Juliano, both from the 914th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, received Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during an attack on their base at Sather Air Base, Iraq. They both were attached to the 447th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron with the mission of coordinating transportation, cargo, and troop support.

The two sergeants were hit with shrapnel from a mortar attack inside their Baghdad base on June 20. They sustained critical injuries from the blast, but were given immediate first aid from several reservists, in particular, Master Sgt's Luann Van Peursem and Joseph Kinney who also serve with the 914th Logistic Readiness Squadron in Niagara Falls.

Tech. Sgt. Steve Paddison, a resident of Alma, New York, is recovering from his injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Tech. Sgt. Tim Juliano, a resident of Tonawanda, New York, is undergoing intensive physical therapy at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Juliano is expected to arrive back in New York at the end of July.

On July 3rd, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Corley, AFRC Commander Lt. Gen. John Bradley, 914th AW Commander Col. Reinhard Schmidt, and 914th AW Command Chief Master Sgt. Steven Larwood presented both Paddison and Juliano with their Purple Hearts. The Purple Heart is awarded for wounds incurred as the result of action by a hostile force.