Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Lt. Cols. receive Bronze Stars for support during OIF ^ | Lance Cpl. Andrew M. Kalwitz

Posted on 05/04/2006 4:02:40 PM PDT by SandRat

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (May 4, 2006) -- Lieutenant Colonels Jay A. Van Der Werff and Thomas R. McCarthy received Bronze Stars at an award ceremony April 24.

Both gentlemen were awarded for their efforts during a six-month Iraq deployment.

“I feel I just did my job,” said Van Der Werff, Marine Aircraft Group-26 executive officer. “The Marines that worked for me, both officers and enlisted, did a great job while we were in Iraq. This is a reflection on the work that they did as well.”

During the deployment, Van Der Werff served as an operations officer. He assumed the duties of executive officer March 31, when McCarthy relinquished the position.

It was a great experience working with Lt. Col McCarthy in Iraq. He is a great peer and a great friend, said Van Der Werff.

“He has a lot of good days ahead of him,” he added.

McCarthy will assume the position of site commander at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., June 28.

Being awarded a Bronze Star is an amazing accomplishment and it is a great reflection on the rest of the Marines, said McCarthy.

“I am honored to receive it and to even be considered for it,” he added.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: North Carolina; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: award; bronze; bronzestar; iraq; ltcols; oif; stars; support
Lt. Col. Jay A. Van Der Werff, Marine Aircraft Group-29 executive officer, his wife Kelley, and his children Virginia, Olivia, Litton and Amelia pose for a photo after he received a Bronze Star for his support during OIF.
Photo by: Lance Cpl. Andrew M. Kalwitz
1 posted on 05/04/2006 4:02:43 PM PDT by SandRat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..


2 posted on 05/04/2006 4:03:12 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

Nice looking family there, too!

3 posted on 05/04/2006 4:06:13 PM PDT by Amelia (Education exists to overcome ignorance, not validate it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat


4 posted on 05/05/2006 3:05:23 AM PDT by E.G.C.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson