Airman receives Purple Heart

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- (From left) General Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Force in Europe commander, stands with Master Sgt. Ricky Willis, his family and Chief Master Sgt. David Williamson, USAFE command chief, April 17. Welsh awarded Willis the Purple Heart for wounds received in action Jan. 15, 2008. While performing a route reconnaissance mission for a combat logistics patrol in southern Baghdad, a command-wired improvi...sed explosive device was deliberately detonated less than ten feet from Willis' position. Though he suffered from traumatic brain injury, Willis directed the convoy away from the attack site, performed and coordinated medical treatment of a wounded comrade, and provided dismounted security to the convoy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Patrick Mitchell)See More

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