Oklahoma Air Guardsman Awarded Bronze Star with Valor

Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Air National Guard director, presented TSgt. Raymond Viel with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device during a ceremony at Tinker AFB, Okla. Wyatt honored Viel, a member of the Oklahoma Air Guard’s 146th Air Support Operations Squadron at Will Rogers ANG Base, for his heroic actions in Afghanistan’s Laghman province during a deployment from July 2011 to March 2012. Viel supported soldiers of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was involved in a firefight against hostile forces that resulted in the death of seven insurgents and the fatal wounding of a high-value individual, according to a Tinker release. Additional members of Viel’s squadron received awards during the Aug. 18 ceremony for their actions in Afghanistan. (Tinker report by SrA. Patricia Baker)