by Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
9/11/2014 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Team
Barksdale gathered around the 2nd Bomb Wing Headquarters to pay their
respect to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 and to also
honor two Airmen who almost sacrificed it all in support of Operation
It has been 13 years since the attacks on 9/11, where 2,977 people lost
their lives. Two hijacked commercial airliners flew into the World Trade
Center towers, another aircraft flew into the Pentagon, and a fourth
crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
"Today, we pause for a moment to remember a day that changed our lives
forever," said Col. Kristin Goodwin, 2nd BW commander. "We are here not
only to pay honor to the lives lost, but to remember the remarkable
courage displayed by so many."
During the ceremony, Goodwin presented the Purple Heart and Combat
Action Medal to Senior Airman TJ Brantley, and the Bronze Star to Tech.
Sgt. Joshua Flood, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance
Flood was recognized for guiding a three member team to the safe and
successful resolution of 34 combat missions while deployed in support of
OEF, among other achievements.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Brantley received wounds from an improvised
explosive device that detonated within 10 feet during a sustained
firefight and was awarded the Purple Heart.
"These Airmen embody sacrifice, courage, excellence and honor," Goodwin
said. "As we honor them and depart today, I want each and every one of
you to remember the solemn day and to know your sacrifice directly
opposes the evils of the world and makes America stronger."
Like the Airmen who were recognized today, the resilience and dedication
from all military members has contributed to preserving Americans