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3 airmen awarded DFCs for Afghanistan heroics

Nov. 4, 2012 - 05:12PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 4, 2012 - 05:12PM  |  
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska Three Alaska National Air Guard pararescuemen were awarded medals for heroic actions in Afghanistan.

The">Anchorage Daily News says Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Widener, Master Sgt. Brandon Stuemke and Staff Sgt. Aaron Parcha received Distinguished Flying Crosses at a predawn ceremony Saturday on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The three were part of a medical team credited with extracting members of a U.S. Army task force who came under attack in November 2010.

According to citations read at the JBER ceremony, the guardsmen flew into the Pech River Valley in helicopters, were dropped into the battle zone on cables, tended to the wounded and safely hoisted the casualties out "as the enemy raked the hovering helicopter and the landing zone with small arms fire."

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