Unit: Organization 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Highlights: Hedgepeth executed 278 contract actions with an impact of $1.7 billion dollars touching six countries, 50 states and three contingencies. He was a member of a contingency construction flight supporting Air Force and Army operations in Afghanistan where he orchestrated a $10 million fire station construction contract that enabled six emergency response activation sites in Kabul. He cleared a backlog of $5.7 million in contractor claims and awarded a $43,000 facility upgrade that enabled NATO intelligence training for 200 Afghan citizens a year. Hedgepeth also obligated $212 million to assess weapons survivability and drive Department of Defense warfighter superiority.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Hanna
Duty title: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Journeyman
Unit: Organization 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
Hometown: Bellwood, Pa.
Highlights: Hanna deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he executed 151 joint combat missions in Kandahar. There, he led robot operations for 65 responses where his team quickly disarmed improvised explosive devices to maintain 34 safe routes for joint partners. He also ensured freedom of movement in a 24-kilometer area for Soldiers working reconstruction projects in Kandahar, and supported 23 Army dismount operations, meshing seamlessly with quick reaction forces during enemy contact to secure more than 7 square kilometers. Hanna further capitalized on his expertise to train 347 coalition forces on improvised explosive device search techniques and mentor 10 Afghan technicians to prepare Afghanistan for an increased security role.
Tech. Sgt. Adam Gomez
Duty title: Cyber Transport Craftsman
Unit: 3rd Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Highlights: Gomez deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he supported Headquarters United States Forces-Afghanistan as the American Forces Network Theater Planner. He managed more than $3 million in broadcast equipment throughout the region, where he oversaw maintenance services for 620 Forward Operating Bases and served more than 91,000 warfighters. He led 12 maintenance technicians and established new American Forces Network services in 137 austere sites. Gomez earned the Combat Action Medal as he led a team through a successful hostile-fire engagement and completed all scheduled maintenance missions. Gomez also operated 127 days outside the wire as the sole maintenance technician during 49 missions, assuring American Forces Network services despite 39 indirect fire attacks and small arms fire incidents.