My Last Tour: Medal Awarded to Air Force "Brothers"

SMSgt. Rex Temple and his Air Force team each received a Bronze Star Medal for their service in Afghanistan.
SMSgt. Rex Temple and his Air Force team each received a Bronze Star Medal for their service in Afghanistan.
TAMPA (2010-4-19) -

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Rex Temple is expected arrive at his Tampa home sometime this week. His return after a year’s service in Afghanistan isn’t the only news. Temple and his Air Force team have been awarded one of the military’s highest honors, the Bronze Star Medal.

While in Afghanistan, Senior Master Sgt. Rex Temple and his Embedded Training Team of 10 Air Force members went on more than 180 combat patrols in rugged and hostile terrain. They went through a rocket attack and gun fire.

But they also mentored Afghan soldiers and handed out blankets, food and medicine at rural villages. The Afghan experience bonded them.

We lived together, we worked together we went out on combat missions together. And we come back alive that was important too,” Temple said. “That was our primary goal when we arrived in Afghanistan was to return as a team without anybody getting hurt or killed.”

Temple nicknamed his team the Air Force Band of Brothers – pulling from the HBO series. Each was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for “exceptional meritorious service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.”

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