Senior Master Sgt. receives Bronze Star Medal

Senior Master Sgt. receives Bronze Star Medal

Lt. Col. David Mays, 49th Security Forces commander, presents the Bronze Star Medal to Senior Master Sgt. David Mason, 49th Security Forces logistics and resources superintendent, during a ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, June 6, 2018. Mason was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement during his deployment to an undisclosed location in South West Asia, from July 2017 to January 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)

Senior Master Sgt. receives Bronze Star Medal

Lt. Col. David Mays, 49th Security Forces commander, pins the Bronze Star Medal to Senior Master Sgt. David Mason, 49th Security Forces logistics and resources superintendent, during a ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, June 6, 2018. Mason was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement during his deployment to an undisclosed location in South West Asia, from July 2017 to January 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Senior Master Sgt. David Mason, 49th Security Forces logistics and resources superintendent, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement during his deployment to an undisclosed location in South West Asia, from July 2017 to January 2018.

The medal was presented to Mason June 6, 2018, at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

“I was selected by Air Force Central Command to deploy to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia,” said Mason. “The nature of our location and our mission there is what afforded me this opportunity.”

As superintendent for the 441st Air Expeditionary Squadron, 386th Expeditionary Operations Group and 386th Expeditionary Wing, Mason coordinated and supported operations which created more than 1,000 combat airlift sorties.

“The accomplishments that allowed me to receive this honor would not have been possible without all of the hard work from the Airmen who helped me support the mission,” Mason said.

With the followership of several units, Mason was also able to accomplish 142 key leader engagements, establish daily security requirements and enable delivery of 36 tons of weapons and ammunition to the front lines. Additionally, he increased the defensive capabilities of his facility’s perimeter with several fortification efforts, including: replacing two miles of concertina wire, deploying 96 star barriers and one ground radar system.

“This was probably my fifth or sixth combat deployment,” Mason said. “To finally get something as prestigious as the bronze star makes me feel truly humbled.”