EOD senior master sergeant receives Bronze Star

***image1***Senior Master Sgt. Gus Hamilton, III, 435th Civil Engineer Squadron, was recently awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious conduct during operations in Iraq.

Sergeant Hamilton recently shared his award experiences with the KA.

How did you feel when you found out you were to receive the Bronze Star? I was extremely excited and proud to be recognized in such a way.

 What was your role in your deployed location? I was the operations superintendent at Kirkuk Air Base (Forward Operating Base Warrior). I worked directly with the U.S. Army.

 What were some of the defining moments of your deployment? I do not like to pat myself on the back. I had a great group of guys who knew how to operate in a hostile environment. We had a hectic work schedule in an austere environment. All of my team performed admirably. We had two members of our team, Staff Sgt. Aime Gaona and Staff Sgt. Matthew Patnaude, shot by snipers.  Even with that, we brought everyone home alive.

Was there a specific event cited on your citation that you can describe?  There were too many events.  Every day was something new.  Improvised explosive devicess, car bombs, post blast and cordon and search operations.