SC airman receives Bronze Star for Afghan bravery

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An Air Force captain has been given the Bronze Star for risking his life in dozens of air assault and combat convoy missions in Afghanistan.

Air Force officials said Capt. Nicholas Lee was in charge of setting up voting operations at more than 330 locations across several Afghan provinces. He led combat convoys in five provinces and two air assault missions to secure voting access for Afghans in the 2009 presidential elections.

Col. James Clavenna presented Lee with the medal Monday during a ceremony at Joint Base Charleston.

The Bronze Star is the service's fourth-highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service against an enemy during combat operations.

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