Airman Awarded Bronze Star with Valor

TSgt. Matthew Treadwell, a combat arms advisor for NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with Valor during a recent ceremony in Afghanistan, according to a Dec. 2 release. On July 17, Treadwell awoke to sounds of explosions and gunfire just after 4 a.m. Insurgents had “gained access to a multi-story building under construction” about a quarter mile from the base and airport fence line, states the release. Treadwell hopped in a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle with four other security forces members who made up a two-vehicle quick reaction force. Treadwell said he entered the building and “got off six or seven shots from the hallway, then went into a room to the right, but had no shot.” Eventually he found two offices with good firing position, he added. “I fired about 90 rounds and we talked to [the quick reaction leader], calling out the enemy position to direct machine gun fire,” added Treadwell. The enemy fired more than 20 rocket-propelled grenades and detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while wearing suicide vests, but no coalition members were significantly injured. The suppressive fire provided by Treadwell and his team enabled an Afghan-led quick reaction force to eliminate the remaining attackers. At least four insurgents were killed, states the release. Treadwell is deployed to Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul from the 97th Security Forces Squadron at Altus AFB, Okla.