HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - It's the military's 4th highest combat medal for extraordinary heroism. In a special ceremony, 5 special tactics airmen are awarded the bronze star medal.
The 5 men selected, a part of a special team, are all being honored for their heroic service and achievements while deployed.
The men are members of the special operations surgical team, also known as 'SOST'. The members of this mobile surgical team provided care for more than 750 patients, managed 19 mass-casualty events and performed 16 life-saving surgeries. The airmen are equipped to perform those life saving surgeries in the battlefield.
"We really pinch ourselves everyday at the opportunity to work with these outstanding, really behind the scenes individuals that people never hear about that are really sacrificing, putting their lives on the line and lives at risk," said The team's nurse-anesthetist, Lt. Col Matthew Uber.
"We learn from their experience, we learn from their expertise. They have access to medical advances we in the civilian arena don't have access to just yet," said UAB Director of Trauma Surgery, Jeff Kerby.
The ceremony took place in the hospital of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The airmen said they are honored to be awarded this prestigious medal.
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