Air Force SSgt Nicholas Brunetto Awarded Silver Star for Saving Dozens During Attack in Afghanistan
By Chief Master Sergeant JoAnne S. Bass, U.S. Air Force // November 15, 2020
silver star is third-highest military combat decoration
(U.S. AIR FORCE) – SSgt Nicholas Brunetto, a pararescueman (PJ) from the 38th Rescue Squadron, was recently awarded the third-highest military combat decoration – the Silver Star.
While deployed in February, Brunetto performed a life-saving procedure on a wounded teammate and managed the evacuation of nearly a dozen patients while under attack.
“Thank you, SSgt Brunetto! You are a great American and a true hero. I’m honored to serve with you, brother,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant JoAnne S. Bass.
The origins of the Silver Star date back to 1918 and World War I when it was called the Citation Star. It is the first distinctive medal issued solely for gallantry and valor in combat.
Some recipients of the Silver Star include U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton, Gen. George Marshall and Spc. Pat Tillman.