Spec. Mark B. Matthews
27th Public Affairs Detachment Journalist
The Bronze Star, established in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is awarded to those individuals who distinguish themselves by heroism or outstanding achievement while serving in any capacity of the U.S. armed forces.
Capt. Jeremiah O’Connor, 57th Transportation Company commander, was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts and contributions to Operation Enduring Freedom during a ceremony June 9 at the unit motor pool.
“Capt. O’Connor is a prime example of selfless service,” said Lt. Col. Michael DeRaddo, 10th Sustainment Brigade deputy commander. “He is also a superb officer.”
O’Connor played a vital role in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Mountain Lion. He also was one of the first 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan during this OEF rotation.
As deputy joint transportation officer during the deployment, O’Connor coordinated 48 airdrop missions, 364 separate intra-theater missions and 145 rotary missions, and helped move more than 10 million pounds of equipment and supplies. He also received more than 8,000 Soldiers and moved them to their appropriate forward operating bases.
O’Connor said he appreciated the honor, but ultimately he remembered all the Soldiers still deployed in Afghanistan.
“Receiving this award is very humbling,” he said. “Sometimes you just don’t feel worthy. My thoughts and prayers are with all the men and women still in Afghanistan.”