POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — The head of the Air Force gave five local airmen one of the highest honors in the military.
Secretary James Roche awarded the airmen Silver Stars for bravery during combat.
Lt. Col. James Fairchild flew dangerously low to protect U.S. troops on the ground.
Sgt. Eric Brandenburg, Jr. faced 300 rounds over eight hours.
Sgt. Jason Quesenberry treated others while he bled heavily.
Sgt. Thomas Case tore through shrapnel to help his unit.
Sgt. Michael Shropshire killed three enemy soldiers, one right in front of him.
The Silver Star is the third highest medal of valor in the military. One must show exceptional bravery in a combat situation to earn one.
- Reporter: Jason Stoogenke
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