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173rd Security Forces Squadron Demobilization Ceremony

Release Number: 010712

Master Sgt. Cody Pemberton receives the Bronze Star Medal, July 21, 2012, presented by Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk, the Assistant Adjutant General, Air for the State of Oregon, for his leading role in a 173rd Security Forces deployment to Baghram, Afghanistan last winter. The deployment was unique for the Security Forces Airmen. They spent the majority of their time working outside the wire ensuring the security and safety of Coalition Forces—a first for Kingsley Field Security Forces. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)

Master Sgt. Cody Pemberton receives the Bronze Star Medal, July 21, 2012, presented by Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk, the Assistant Adjutant General, Air for the State of Oregon, for his leading role in a 173rd Security Forces deployment to Baghram, Afghanistan last winter. The deployment was unique for the Security Forces Airmen. They spent the majority of their time working outside the wire ensuring the security and safety of Coalition Forces—a first for Kingsley Field Security Forces. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)

Staff Sgt. William Briones stands at attention with his fellow Airmen of the 173rd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony, Saturday, July 21, 2012, recognizing 26 Airmen from the 173 Fighter Wing Security Forces who recently deployed to Afghanistan for six months. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)

Staff Sgt. William Briones stands at attention with his fellow Airmen of the 173rd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony, Saturday, July 21, 2012, recognizing 26 Airmen from the 173 Fighter Wing Security Forces who recently deployed to Afghanistan for six months. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)

Senior Airman Zack Weitzel receives a quilt from Mrs. J. Marie Norris, Oregon State Regional Coordinator for Quilts of Valor, during a demobilization ceremony, Saturday, July 21, 2012.  The ceremony recognized 26 Airmen from the 173 Fighter Wing Security Forces who recently deployed to Afghanistan for six months. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)

Senior Airman Zack Weitzel receives a quilt from Mrs. J. Marie Norris, Oregon State Regional Coordinator for Quilts of Valor, during a demobilization ceremony, Saturday, July 21, 2012. The ceremony recognized 26 Airmen from the 173 Fighter Wing Security Forces who recently deployed to Afghanistan for six months. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released)


The 173rd Fighter Wing conducted a demobilization ceremony, Saturday, July 21, 2012, recognizing 26 Airmen from the 173rd Security Forces Squadron who recently deployed to Afghanistan for six months. They returned home between March 17- 20, 2012.

The deployment was unique for the Security Forces Airmen. They spent the majority of their time working outside the wire ensuring the security and safety of Coalition Forces--a first for deployed security forces from Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Ore.

For his role in the deployment, Master Sgt. Cody Pemberton, the Squad Leader and native of Bonanza, Ore., was awarded the Bronze Star. He is the first enlisted Airman from Kingsley Field to be awarded the Bronze Star while assigned to the 173rd FW.

Pemberton credits his team mates for his success saying, "My whole team deserves just as much credit as me, they were with me every day."
Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk, Assistant Adjutant General-Air, presided over the Demobilization Ceremony.

Mrs. J. Marie Norris, the Oregon State Regional Coordinator for Quilts of Valor presented a hand-made quilt to each of the returning 173rd FW Security Forces members.