After 10 years, Tech. Sgt. Douglas Smits, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team leader, received a Purple Heart medal at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Jan. 5, 2018.
The Purple Heart medal is one of the military’s oldest medals dating back to 1782. It recognizes military members who were wounded or killed in combat.
In 2007, then Senior Airman Smits went on a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Achilles, one of NATO’s largest ground operations at the time.