Two Utah airmen were awarded medals on Saturday for their service, during the Utah Air National Guard's family day.
Tech. Sgt. Kevin Bullivant and Tech. Sgt. Barry Duffield were recognized with Bronze Stars for service performed while serving as team leaders in the 506th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight while deployed to Kirkuk Air Base in Iraq, according to a press release from the Utah Air National Guard.
Bronze Stars are awarded for bravery, acts of meritorious service.
During Bullivant's deployment he led 136 missions, accumulating 550 combat hours and enduring 11 enemy attacks against his team.
Duffield was recognized and rewarded for performing a post-blast analysis of improvised explosive device damage while under concentrated machine-gun fire. He also accumulated more than 373 combat hours while conducting 125 combat missions and was responsible for clearing 2,540 miles of critical and alternate supply routes through Iraq, according to the release.
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