Bomb technician at Robins to get Purple Heart

January 4, 2013 

Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, is coming to Robins Air Force Base on Monday to speak with troops and award one a Purple Heart.

Hostage will give the Purple Heart to Tech Sgt. Barry Duffield, an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the 116th Air Control Wing.

Duffield was seriously injured on a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011 by an improvised explosive device placed under a road, according to a base release. He is still recovering from the injuries. He was also awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Force Combat Action Medal on the same deployment.

After the ceremony, Hostage will speak with members of the 461st Air Control Wing and 116th Air Control Wing, which together operate the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.

-- Wayne Crenshaw

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