AN unarmed USAF airman who caught a gunman who’d killed a comrade was among five who received bravery medals at RAF Lakenheath.
Another, presented with medals by Force Chief of Staff Gen Norton Schwartz, twice jumped into a flooded river to save Afghan children.
In front of their families and friends, Gen Schwartz presented Airman’s Medals to Senior Master Sgt Kevin Fife and Staff Sgt Trevor Brewer, and Air Force Commendation Medals to Senior Airman Ashley Cunningham, Senior Airman Charles Anderson-Goodman and Airman First Class Reginald Golliday.
Brewer, Cunningham, Anderson-Goodman and Golliday, of the 48th Security Forces Squadron, were on an Air Force bus at Frankfurt Airport on March 2, 2011, when ethnic Albanian Arid Uka fired a handgun in the vehicle, killing Lakenheath-based Snr Airman Nicholas Alden and a bus driver, as well as injuring two airmen, also from Lakenheath.
Despite being unarmed, SSgt Brewer chased Uka into the airport and caught him, while Cunningham, Anderson-Goodman and Golliday provided emergency medical care to the wounded.
A1C Golliday said he saw the medals as a way of commemorating his comrades who did not survive the incident.
SMSgt Fife, currently with the 56th Helicopter Maintenance Unit, saved two Afghan children by jumping into the Kabul River from a helicopter while involved in an operation to save more than 2,100 Afghans trapped by flooding in July 2010.