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Lawrence native awarded Bronze Star for disarming explosives in Afghanistan

April 13, 2014

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Brigadier General Edward D. Banta awards Staff Sgt. Brandon R. Trent, of Lawrence, the Bronze Star Medal during an award ceremony at Camp Lejeune, a U.S. Marine Corps base camp in North Carolina, on April 4.

Brigadier General Edward D. Banta awards Staff Sgt. Brandon R. Trent, of Lawrence, the Bronze Star Medal during an award ceremony at Camp Lejeune, a U.S. Marine Corps base camp in North Carolina, on April 4.

Lawrence native Brandon R. Trent, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, was awarded a Bronze Star earlier this month for his actions during the war in Afghanistan in 2013.

Trent serves as an explosive ordnance disposal technician, meaning he locates, neutralizes and disposes of explosives. He earned the Bronze Star for his actions during a 24-hour period in 2013, when he neutralized nine explosive devises during a clearing operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Matthew T. Collins, an assistant operations officer, said Trent worked late into the night, uncovering and disarming improvised explosive devices, also called IEDs. Trent had to physically approach and manually disarm two of the IEDs when remote deactivation methods failed to work.

The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth-highest military award an individual can receive, and it is awarded for acts of heroism in a combat zone. Trent also received a combat distinguishing device, which is sometimes awarded along with the Bronze Star for acts of valor.

Comments

Jim Phillips 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations SSgt. Trent! Great job and thank you!

Richard Ballard 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations SSG Trent.

As an old vet myself, I can almost, kinda, understand how much courage it took to do what you did.

More then once.

IUD's are much harder to figure out after attempts to blow them failed, then grenades in C-rat cans attached to trip-wires I betcha!

I salute you for your courage Sir! And I also thank you for your service!

Richard Ballard

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