Recently, two Air Force Pararescuemen of the 48th Rescue Squadron, Master Sgt. Adam Fagan and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Brudnicki were awarded Bronze Stars with Valor for their actions last year in two separate operations in Afghanistan. The ceremony was held on October 1st at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ. The 12th Air Force commander, Major General Barry Cornish was in attendance. Military Times reported on the event.
Col. Peter White of the 563rd Rescue Group said, “Master Sgt. Adam and Staff Sgt. Ben’s selfless lifesaving actions while under enemy fire are a testament of their personal courage, not uncommon in the rich history of the 563rd Rescue Group and greater Air Force combat rescue community.”
Both of the men were assigned to the 64th Rescue Squadron upon deploying to Afghanistan.
Master Sgt. Fagan’s heroic actions took place in the Helmand Province on March 24-25, 2019 when he was deployed to Kandahar Airfield. Fagan was attached to a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha unit that included a contingent of Afghan Special Forces. Their operation involved conducting a raid deep in Taliban territory, according to a citation provided by 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.