A vehicle operator/dispatcher with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., TSgt. Brandon C. Bruner is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012. While logging 13,000 miles in the Iraq joint operations area, Bruner led one convoy of 23 troops through a small-arms attack with no injuries. He received an Army Combat Infantry patch and a Bronze Star Medal. In all, he led 11 combat missions, trained 32 joint team members, certified six convoy positions, and qualified 312 airmen with the M-4 rifle, ensuring his 1,200-person battalion was combat ready. In Kuwait, he directed first-responder action following a three-car collision, assisting four casualties and receiving local leader praise. He also provided armed security for six recovery operations, ensuring minimal exposure of team members in insurgent hotbed areas. At home base, he filled a senior master sergeant position for four months, managing an “excellent” inspection rating with a short workforce. Bruner’s home of record is Panama City, Fla. The Daily Report is shining the spotlight on each OAY. Also featured to date:
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.