Airman gives first aid during rocket attack in Baghdad

SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq – Master Sgt. Joseph Kinney (right), 447th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives the Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor from Brig. Gen. Burton Field, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, July 12 for providing first aid to another Airman injured by a rocket attack here in June. Sergeant Kinney led the initial medical response to the Airman after dialing 911. He found the Airman had critical shrapnel injuries to the face, eye and thigh. In addition the victim suffered difficulty breathing. After repositioning the Airman to open his airway, Sergeant Kinney cleaned and treated the wounds until medical personnel arrived. The Valor device is not for peacetime acts of service. The Valor decoration was awarded to Sergeant Kinney to recognize the selfless action of placing himself in harm’s way during an attack to provide aid to the injured Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Russell Wicke)

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