Nevada Air National Guardsmen Awarded Combat Action Medal - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Nevada Air National Guardsmen Awarded Combat Action Medal

Posted: Updated:

Members of the Nevada Air National Guard received the Combat Action Medal for their heroism more than a decade ago.

In 2001, the 152nd Security Forces Squadron was deployed in Afghanistan - and Friday morning eight of their members were recognized for their bravery.

Senator Harry Reid attended the Reno pinning ceremony and thanked them for their service.

One guardsman who is from Reno said so much time has passed that the medal is a nice honor but also brings up some unwelcome memories.

"It sort of brings up old memories of a time that you kind of want to forget, but it's still good to be recognized for it," says MSgt. David McNeely.

Senator Reid said the Pentagon's bureaucratic process is one reason why medals can take years to be awarded.

"We had to work it through and make sure that each of these men were actually there, that the battle took place and on each of their certificate it outlines what they did and we had to be able to prove to the Pentagon and this Three star General that this happened and we were able to do that."

The Combat Action Medal is issued by the Air Force for engaging direct in combat with the enemy.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.