Holcombe awarded Bronze Star Medal
Chief Master Sgt. Carroll Holcombe, son of Albert and the late Donna Holcome, of Canton, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal on June 23 during a ceremony in the base theater at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Bronze Star Medal in 1944 to recognize U.S. military personnel who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service.
Holcombe is assigned to the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron and is a supervisor and tech. He distinguished himself with extraordinary actions while serving as the superintendent of the 376th Expeditionary Mission Support Group at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.
As the senior enlisted member of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing’s largest group, he helped lead more than 1,300 airmen in support Air Force’s Center Command contingency operations. He also helped establish AFCENT’s first ever KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft forward operating base in Afghanistan.
During his time as superintendent, the group delivered more than 142 million gallons of fuel, oversaw the movement of more than 380,000 military personnel and the airlift of 108 million pounds of cargo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.