An aerospace medical services technician with the 2nd Medical Operations Squadron at Barksdale AFB, La., SrA. Bryenna L. Brooks is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012. Deployed for 205 days for Operation Enduring Freedom, Brooks provided direct medical support to the 101st Sustainment Brigade Troop Medical Clinic at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and 13 forward operating bases. She also served as the sole convoy medic on 25 missions, providing 24-hour care to more than 1,000 troops. She was wounded during an RPG attack but kept treating other personnel. She earned a Combat Medic Badge and received an Army Commendation Medal. She also taught combat lifesaver classes for more than 1,000 soldiers, dedicated more than 80 hours toward expansion of the Troop Medical Clinic, was a key asset in the mass casualty plan rewrite, and assisted at the blood bank at the Afghan National Army hospital. Brooks’ home of record is Appleton, Wis. The Daily Report is shining the spotlight on each OAY. Also featured to date: SrA. Matthew J. Butler and SrA. Nicholas A. Hurt.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.