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McConnell’s own receives second bronze star

Col. Ray LaMarche, 22nd Operations Group commander, pins a bronze star on Master Sgt. Timothy Waggoner, 22nd Logistic Readiness Squadron, during a promotion ceremony Sept. 28 at the Robert J. Dole Center ballroom. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Roy Lynch III.)

Col. Ray LaMarche, 22nd Operations Group commander, pins a bronze star on Master Sgt. Timothy Waggoner, 22nd Logistic Readiness Squadron, during a promotion ceremony Sept. 28 at the Robert J. Dole Center ballroom. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Roy Lynch III.)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Master Sgt. Timothy Waggoner, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, received his second bronze star Sept. 28 during a promotion ceremony at the Robert J. Dole Center ballroom, for time served as convoy commander in Iraq, with the 70th Medium Truck Detachment, 57 Battalion, 366 Group.

"I am confident being a convoy commander and enjoy leading the troops. It was easier this time around, since I had experience," said Sergeant Waggoner.

While serving in Iraq, his convoy came under attack by insurgents with an improvised explosive device. During this particular attack there were no casualties and no injuries.

Sergeant Waggoner is from Guthrie, Okla.

He and his wife Kim have three children, Brandon, Brittany, and Ashley. Sergeant Waggoner was assigned to McConnell in June 2004. In that time, he has served two nine-month tours in Iraq. He received his first bronze star during his first tour for a similar situation while on convoy duty.

"I want to continue being a good husband and father, support my family and take care of my troops," said Sergeant Waggoner.

"I like the control of being convoy commander, because I know what needs to be done and my guys were reliable at getting the job completed without question," he said.

"I supervised anywhere from 45 to 60 people, including the convoy and gun truck personnel and the third country nationals," he said.

"I supervised around 25 to 45 trucks, which included convoy, gun, and transportation trucks," he said.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized wearing the Bronze Star Medal by Executive Order 9419 dated February 4, 1944, retroactive to December 7, 1941. The Executive Order was amended by President John F. Kennedy to expand the authorization to include those serving with friendly forces.

A bronze star medal is awarded to a person who distinguishes himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement, not involving aerial flight, while engaging in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Sergeant Waggoner says, to anyone whom finds themselves in his shoes, "apply common sense and utilize your training."