HomeNewsArticle Display

Yokota AB Airman Earns Bronze Star Downrange

Col. Todd Wydra, 374th Maintenance Group commander, pins a Bronze Star Medal on Master Sgt. James Charles

Col. Todd Wydra, 374th Maintenance Group commander, pins a Bronze Star Medal on Master Sgt. James Charles, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, during a ceremony held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 22, 2019. Charles was presented the Bronze Star for his meritorious achievement as Maintenance Training Advisor in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel while deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Col. Todd Wydra, 374th Maintenance Group commander (left), and Master Sgt. James Charles, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, stand at attention

Col. Todd Wydra, 374th Maintenance Group commander (left), and Master Sgt. James Charles, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, stand at attention for the reading of the citation to accompany the award of the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 22, 2019. Charles earned the Bronze Star for his meritorious achievement as Maintenance Training Advisor in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel while deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Master Sgt. James Charles, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, speaks about receiving the Bronze Star Medal, during a ceremony held at Yokota Air Base, Japan

Master Sgt. James Charles, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, speaks about receiving the Bronze Star Medal, during a ceremony held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, May 22, 2019. Charles earned the Bronze Star for his meritorious achievement as Maintenance Training Advisor in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel while deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) --

Master Sgt. James Charles, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, was presented the Bronze Star at Yokota Air Base, May 22, for his meritorious achievement as Maintenance Training Advisor in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel while at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

“This isn’t a result of my actions, but those realized by the team of people I was lucky enough to be part of,” Charles said. “While in Afghanistan, I was fortunate enough to be assigned to an amazing team of diverse and talented folks.”

From Sept. 27, 2017 to Sept. 26, 2018, Charles was assigned to the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. During this time, he operated outside of the coalition-controlled airfield, where he endured 19 indirect fire rocket attacks and was exposed to a persistent threat of insider attacks.

While facing these pressures, Charles led a team of Afghan maintenance personnel, dedicating over 900 hours advising on Afghan aircraft fleets located in Kandahar.

Additionally, he took control as the program manager for the Defense Language Institute’s English as a second language training program, successfully training 79 Afghan students, to include skill level upgrade of 48 Afghan maintainers.

His leadership and mentorship proved crucial, enabling the generation of tactical airlift and strike-capable aircraft for more than 1,800 combat sorties, over 2,300 casualty evacuations, the recovery of over 880 human remains and contributing to the sustainability and capability of a fleet with a combined value of over $249 million.

“It was a long year full of frustration and fulfillment,” Charles said. “Because of the team and our shared mission, I was able to walk away with an experience that opened my eyes as to why we’re still in Afghanistan and how we’re moving forward.”

Since after Dec. 6, 1941, men and women who served in any capacity in or with the U.S. military, have been awarded Bronze Star Medal; distinguishing themselves by their heroic or meritorious achievements or service. Charles is now amongst those brave men and women who have been recognized for their honorable contributions to the missions of the U.S. military.

“Receiving this decoration is both an honor and a privilege,” Charles said.

Engage

Twitter
Tactical Air Control Party Airmen assigned to @INGuardsman participate in close air support training. TACPs provide… https://t.co/BcyiAmfFmV
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: The @140Wg became the first ANG unit to successfully execute an agile combat employment exercise while at @Buckley_AFB. T…
Twitter
“I’m a dental tech who became Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force...be dreamers – dream big.” - @CSMAF_Officialhttps://t.co/AKSjyQNq4s
Twitter
A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 317th Airlift Wing flies during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at Dyess… https://t.co/t3VXu0ZYWj
Twitter
Pentagon staff applaud @cmsaf_official as he exits the Pentagon for the last time as Chief Master Sgt. of the Air… https://t.co/c9RXsc3lAO
Twitter
Join us for the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force transition ceremony LIVE from @Andrews_JBA on Aug 14 at 9:30AM E… https://t.co/GfPIHkx0zn
Twitter
An @EdwardsAFB B-52H Stratofortress completed a captive-carry flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Respon… https://t.co/HxxgE2In8C
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Just arrived to @NellisAFB to see RED FLAG, the #USAF Weapons School, and more. Because it has the best #Airmen and trai…
Twitter
“It’s no overstatement to say that brilliant ideas combined with trailblazing Airmen makes today’s Air Force the mo… https://t.co/qsDWN2Den5
Twitter
An F-22 Raptor aircraft assigned to the 3rd Wing approaches for landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during R… https://t.co/EMKHnjC6p0
Twitter
A C-130H from the 302nd Airlift Wing, equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, flies over fires near… https://t.co/9BPVXNFual
Twitter
Roam Robotics developed a lightweight & inexpensive knee exoskeleton for applications in the health, military & rec… https://t.co/7klpyEaYG1
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: |RESOLUTE PARTNERSHIPS| On Aug. 6, 2020, U.S. Air Forces Central Command and @AirMobilityCmd units were called to action to p…
Twitter
A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Lewis-McChord flies over the Seattle skyline after completing a training exe… https://t.co/4IodNs1bId
Twitter
#DYK The T-33A Shooting Star at Moody AFB's air park was developed from the single-seat F-80 fighter by lengthening… https://t.co/XXY3pAHDzu
Twitter
A C-17 Globemaster III returns to @TeamCharleston after evacuating to Ellsworth AFB. Ellsworth has a support agree… https://t.co/vtHhp1ETVC
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: #OTD in 1949, the DOD was formed, unifying the military under the secretary of defense. Our thanks to everyone who serve…
Twitter
Starting off the week with some air power! . An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 3rd Wing takes off from Joint Base Elme… https://t.co/cjvCe6fSOk
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: “We need out-of-the-box thinkers to succeed in our mission of developing the base of the future,” said Brig. Gen. Patrice Mel…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,266,325
Follow Us