Tony Smith is now back in Iraq. Here is a recent email
he sent to Marybeth with an address. Let's all make sure he knows how much we appreciate his service to our country
and that we are thinking of him.
Hi how are you doing? I have been here about 4 weeks now and so far it is a lot quieter and slower than at
Balad. Now downtown is a very different story, it is a real war zone down there and we are about 11 miles from there, we still
get a few rockets everyonce and a while but not as bad as last year.
SMSgt Anthony Smith
447th ECES/Fire Department
APO, AE 09321
Congratulations to Tony Smith for being awarded the Bronze
Star for his service in Iraq!
CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL
ANTHONY G. SMITH
Senior Master Sergeant Anthony G. Smith distinguished himself by meritorious
achievement as Chief, Fire and Emergency Services, 332d Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, 332d Expeditionary Mission
Support Group, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq, while engaged in ground operations against the enemy from
23 February 2004 to 31 May 2004. During this period, while exposed to extreme danger from hostile bombing and mortar
attacks, Sergeant Smith, in direct support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, remained steadfast and mission focused. He led
seventy Army and Air Force firefighters in a joint mission providing superior crash, fire and rescue support for over twenty
thousand combat troops on a twenty-two square mile installation. Sergeant Smith's tireless efforts enabled an extensive
flying mission for both military and civilian large frame, rotary and fixed wing aircraft supporting more than 2,800 sorties,
53,000 passengers, and over twenty-six tons of cargo contributing to the largest Army rotation in United States history.
He provided superb incident command during a deadly mortar attack coordinating all emergency operations while overseeing Disaster
Control Group actions ensuring expedient recovery and medical treatment of injured personnel. He expertly orchestrated
the expedient set up of a casualty collection point providing triage for seventeen personnel wounded during a convoy attack
by insurgents. Finally, his direct supervision during an aircraft hangar fire saved over forty-seven million dollars
in aviation assets, ensuring the continued availability of assets essential to supporting the war on terrorism. The
exemplary leadership, personal endeavor, and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Smith in this responsible position reflect
great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
|Tony Smith in front of Blackhawk Helicopter
Tony Smith, graduate of Beavercreek Class of '79, served
the United States in Iraq. Tony was unable to make the reunion. As of early July '04, Tony has returned to the United
States. On this page are photos of Tony while he was stationed overseas.
|Tony in front of one of the water palaces