Airman receives two Bronze stars, something unheard of for the Air Force

A US Air Force Pararescueman earned two Bronze Stars in Afghanistan, executing a stunning rescue under fire.

Tech. Sgt. Nick Torres was commended for his heroism over the summer, bringing a sense of pride to the 920th Rescue Wing, based at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

“It’s very uncommon,” Maj. Cathleen Snow said of Torres earning two Bronze Stars in succession. “I’ve never seen it in my 15 years here. It’s rare to get one.”

During his ceremony, Torres was awarded two Bronze Stars, one for heroism in 2018 and one for his actions in 2015-16.

His awards were presented by Air Force Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, who heads the US Space Command.

Torres, who is an Air Force Reservist PJ who previously served as a maintainer during his active duty days, works as a federal contractor and spends roughly six months out of the year in Afghanistan.

According to Florida Today, the 36-year-old Airman is renowned across the PJ community as being a brave and skilled warrior.

“Nick is one of the sharpest and most proficient medical operators in our career field,” said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Ziegler, 308th Rescue Squadron chief enlisted manager. “As a part-timer in our unit, and a military contractor who frequently travels to Afghanistan, his exposure in combat medicine is unmatched. He is also one of the most humble guys here, and we are fortunate to have him as one of our citizen airmen.”

During the 2018 ambush that earned Torres his second star, he managed to treat and evacuate several wounded personnel while under fire in a poppy field.

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