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November 2009

Release Date: Nov. 30, 2009ASU Logo

ASU ROTC Instructor to Receive Bronze Star

Capt. Brad Roehrig, assistant professor of aerospace studies at Angelo State University, will be awarded the Bronze Star medal at a special ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 3, on the ASU campus for meritorious service during his recent tour in Iraq.

The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in Room 100 of the ASU Mathematics-Computer Science Building, 2200 Dena Drive, and is open free to the public.

A 15-year officer in the U.S. Air Force, Roehrig completed his second tour in Iraq at Joint Base Balad in October. He served as the J6 deputy director of the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the brief accompanying his medal, “Capt. Roehrig distinguished himself by displaying initiative and serving with distinction as the J6 deputy director, providing critical communications support for three Special Operations Task Forces, eight Advanced Operating Bases and 46 Operational Detachments Alpha deployed across the Iraq Theater of Operations.”

The brief also states that “he spearheaded the expedient delivery of 40 Small Diameter Node Light satellite platforms through Special Operations Command, enabling the war fighter with real-time video dissemination. These bold initiatives dramatically increased the communications capabilities of forces with the Special Operations Command Center Theater of Operation, to include providing critically needed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance video.”

Additionally, “Capt. Roehrig masterfully coordinated the integration of four Scan Eagle Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles into the Iraq battle space, bringing unprecedented visibility of Iraq operations to intelligence personnel across the globe.”

The Bronze Star is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement of service, not involving aerial flight, in connection with operations against an opposing armed force. It is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth-highest military award (including both combat and non-combat awards) in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations.

Roehrig is one year into his three-year stint as a member of the Angelo State ROTC and aerospace studies faculty. He came to ASU after two years at Goodfellow Air Force Base and previous assignments in Germany, Korea, Arizona, Wyoming and Virginia. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in computer information systems/security through North Central College in Arizona. He and his wife, Yuni, have two children, Matthew, 10, and Gracie, 8.