Charleston-based Air Force aircraft master sergeant to receive Bronze Star

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) - An Air Force chief master sergeant based in South Carolina is being awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service during his deployment to Kuwait.

Air Force spokeswoman Trisha Gallaway says the ceremony at Charleston Air Force Base will honor 45-year-old Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Baumgras of Lansing, N.Y. The ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed.

Gallaway says the 26-year Air Force veteran is receiving the Bronze Star with valor for his service as the superintendent of the 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Group in Kuwait from 2009 to 2010. His unit recorded an unprecedented rate for mission effectivenes at 1 of the busiest C-130 airlift units in the region.

The medal is the fourth highest award given by the Air Force for bravery, heroism or meritorious service against enemy forces.

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