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Bronze Star awarded for leader's effort during deployment

By Bradley Nichols, Photographer, bnichols@ktxs.com
Published On: May 12 2014 08:54:13 PM CDT
Updated On: May 13 2014 07:39:20 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Lt. Col. Jose Sumangil received the Bronze Star medal Monday for his effort while commanding the 9th expeditionary bomb squadron during deployment from July 2013 to January 2014.

The 9th EBS executed more than 540 combat missions supporting coalition and Afghan forces during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sumangil said it felt great to receive the bronze star but that it was a total team effort.

“It’s nice to be recognized,” Sumangil said. “But like I told my squadron this morning, I want them to walk around the squadron proud as well because this represents them.”