Air Force surgeons to get Bronze Star Medals

| February 11, 2018 | 22 Comments

The Air Force Times reports that a five-man surgical team is going to be awarded Bronze Stars for their efforts in the war against ISIS in 2016;

Emergency medicine physician Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell, nurse anesthetist Lt. Col. Matthew Uber, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, and emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy of the 720th Operations Support Squadron will receive Bronze Stars for their work assisting civilians and local fighters wounded in the fight against ISIS for two weeks in the summer of 2016.

Maj. Jonathan Chin, another SOST airman who was on a different deployment, will also receive a Bronze Star.

A SOST consists of six mobile surgical specialists with advanced training who can deploy to the field to save lives as quickly as possible.


Mitchell, Uber, Manley and Reedy along with emergency room nurse Maj. Nelson Pacheco and respiratory therapist Technical Sgt. Richard Holguin, at least one of whom has already received his Bronze Star and has separated from the Air Force worked around the clock during their deployment to the undisclosed location. They treated 750 patients, responded to 19 mass-casualty events, conducted 16 life-saving surgeries, and treated victims of a chemical weapon attack.

My son is currently deployed with another Air Force Austere Surgical Team somewhere, making his dad proud. (Don’t tell his mom)

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    Well deserved recognition- Bravo Zulu, Docs!

  2. RetiredDevilDoc8404 says:

    Well earned and deserved kudos, Docs! Bravo Zulu, way to represent!!

  3. Mason says:

    Yikes, 19 mass cas events! Well done guys.

  4. Yef says:

    I assume they are talking about the meritorious bronze star medal, not the V, right?

    • NHSparky says:

      Honestly, given their proximity to bad people who would love nothing more than to do bad things to them given a chance, they deserve either/or.


    • TF-BA says:

      All things being equal I would normally agree with you but in the instant case, I’m going with, who cares?

      If I remember correctly the AF does like 3-4 month deployments. So six dudes, 3 months, 19 mass cas events, 750 total patients, numbers like that describe an EPIC FUCKING THROWDOWN of medical skill and endurance. It’s still pretty damn ridiculous if they were there for 6 months.

      I hope these guys feel like the jolly green giants that they are. Seriously, at the pace they must have been using supplies; someone could get a NAM just for refilling these cat’s aid bags everyday. I find it that impressive.

      • Make Mine Moxie says:

        The length of USAF deployments varies wildly based on deployed location, supported unit and AFSC. Difficult to say how long these guys were there.

        Either way, sounds like they did a good job.

        • TF-BA says:

          Oh yeah. Even if they were out for a year that’s more than one Mass Cas and Urgent surgical a month probably simultaneously. Much more manageable but stellar work by anyone’s standards.

    • Bruno Stachel says:

      Yef: Grow up.

      We tired of listening to your childish, envious whining whenever there is a story posted on TAH about someone else getting an award.

      Every time that you post your juvenile bullshit commentary, we are reminded that there is a village in a far away, foreign land that is still missing its idiot.

      • OWB says:

        (Not defending, but it might matter that he says his posts are done through a translation program. If true, that could explain a good bit of the issues. Could be a step above the average troll.)

        Maybe asking dumb questions is a valid method of learning? I dunno. Irritating most of the time, on that we can most certainly agree.

  5. Friend says:

    Prayers for your sons safety and return…

  6. Slick Goodlin says:

    “Have Gun AND Medicine Will Travel”

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Good job by these people!

  8. OldManchu says:

    Thanks for your Son’s service!

  9. AW1Ed says:

    “My son is currently deployed with another Air Force Austere Surgical Team somewhere, making his dad proud. (Don’t tell his mom)”

    Awesome. My son #1 is Air Force at Hurlburt Field, wrenching on things snake eaters like to fly in. I’ve lost count how many times he’s deployed to the sand box.

  10. Wilted Willy says:

    May God protect your son and bring him home safely back to your family! Barvo Zulu to the team!

  11. Graybeard says:

    Men like this make me feel better about my son being over in harms way.

    Thank you, men. The families of those you treat owe you a lot.

  12. Sparks says:

    Well done to all of these men.

    Godspeed to all of the sons from this board serving.

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