Capt. Kyle Bushon of Soldotna was recently awarded the Bronze Star for his actions while deployed in the Karbala Province of Iraq. As a tank platoon leader, Bushon planned and executed security movements for the Karbala Provincial Reconstruction Team to various infastructure projects, meetings with government and military officials, and civic events throughout the province. His platoon conducted more than 50 combat patrols, escorting the Provincial Reconstruction Team to various locations in support of their mission to help increase the capacity and competence of the Karbala Provincial Government.
During a Provincial Reconstruction Team escort mission, the lead vehicle in Bushon's patrol was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device that destroyed the vehicle, an MRAP. Bushon reacted decisively to the situation by quickly establishing security, coordinating with the Iraqi Security Forces to provide outer cordon at the site, sending up accurate reports, and conducting vehicle recovery. Capt. Bushon's cool-headed response to the situation instilled calm in those around him, and enabled the platoon to rapidly establish accountability of men and equipment.
Capt. Bushon is the son of Sam and Rosemary Bushon of Soldotna and brother of Quentin, who lives in Minneapolis.
Air Force Airman Ryan P. McMaster graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is the son of Lisa McMaster of Soldotna and grandson of Patricia McMaster of Hansville, Wash.
McMaster graduated in 2010 from Skyview High School.
-- Staff reports
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