Stationed at: Lajes Field, Portugal
MSgt Duane Frey from the 65th ABW (USAFE) deployed to Iraq supporting Joint Contracting Command for Iraq Procurement Management Review Program. He was awarded a Bronze Star for reviewing over 1,300 contracts valued in the billions of dollars for compliance and fraud indicators. While visiting locations all over Iraq his vehicle was exposed to small arms fire six times. Perhaps the most heroic act was on Christmas day 2008. He disarmed a soldier who was distraught after a argument with their supervisor. MSgt Frey took control of the weapon and the soldier, who had returned to the location looking for their supervisor. The Camp Commander presented MSgt Frey with an Army Commendation Medal for preventing further endangerment.