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914th Air Refueling Wing member recognized by secretary of Air Force for act of heroism


Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:00 pm

A civilian member of the 914th Air Refueling Wing recently was recognized by Air Force leadership for bravery.

Randy Wilson, the Chief of Plans and Programs for the 914th Security Forces Squadron, received the Air Force Civilian Award for Valor Medal. The medal is given to employees who illustrate great bravery and who voluntarily take personal risks that go beyond the call of duty.

A press release noted, “Wilson exhibited significant physical fortitude as well as personal heroism during a collision which resulted in three vehicles tumbling off an interstate highway scattering debris across a significant distance, resulting in one of the vehicles catching on fire. Forsaking his own personal safety, Mr. Wilson removed a driver from a vehicle to a safe distance from the wreckage, which subsequently exploded. Mr. Wilson’s heroic and selfless actions unquestionably saved the life of the tractor trailer driver.”

“ ‘Heroism.’ Randy Wilson’s decoration speaks for itself. It was a privilege to speak for his neighbors and for his brothers and sisters in uniform to say, ‘Thank You for representing the best of all of our natures.’ That is truly the best part of my job,” said Col. Carl Magnusson, 914th Air Refueling Wing commander.

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