Buntyn honored with Bronze Star

By Staff
July 24, 2004
special to The Star
Air National Guard Col. James A. "Tony" Buntyn has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while engaged against an armed enemy of the United States.
Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners.
Reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been mobilized, activated and deployed to support the war against global terrorism.
U.S. troops serve in Southwest Asia, the Arabian peninsula, islands in the Pacific and in Europe.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving U.S. and coalition forces' efforts to liberate Iraq and help its people begin economic and political reconstruction.
Active duty, reserve and National Guard members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces are participating in the operation.
Buntyn's leadership set the course for a team of talented communications professionals in developing and supporting communications systems to support the Air Force's newest and most advanced Combined Air and Space Operations Center.
He coordinated joint service communications throughout two theaters of operations Afghanistan, and Horn of Africa.
Buntyn is commander of the 254th Combat Communications Group, Texas Air National Guard, Garland, Texas. He has 25 years of military service.
His father is David L. Buntyn of Meridian. He graduated in 1979 from Lamar High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1985 from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He earned his master's degree in 1992 from Houston Baptist University.

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