Staff Sergeant Jason E. Bruner, formerly of Wellsville, recently was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding achievement from Jan. 14, 2010, to Feb. 2, 2010.
Bruner distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as fuels specialist, joint special operations, air component, joint force special operations component command, joint task force unified response, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
After a 7.0 magnitude earthquake Jan. 12, 2010, devastated the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Bruner, faced with limited infrastructure and no electrical power, stood up and provided fuel to rescue and aircraft support vehicles.
He quickly established the single-fuel issue point for the only operational airport in the country and supplied 4,100 gallons of fuel via five gallon containers to generators providing power to communications and life-saving medical equipment.
Moreover, his efforts enabled the relocation of more than 13,000 Americans to a safe haven, permitted the download of nearly 1,700 United States and foreign military aircraft and facilitated delivery of more than 4 million pounds of relief supplies. His distinctive accomplishments reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.