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Hurlburt Field Airman receives Air Forces third highest decoration
HURLBURT FILED -- He put himself in the line of fire, trying to protect a wounded brother.
A Hurlburt Field Airman says he was just doing his job.
He was awarded the 3rd highest decoration in the Air Force, the Silver Star.
Laura Hussey "Special Tactics airmen go into battle with Navy Seal units, with Army Special Forces and Ranger units. These are some of the tools of the trade. Something like this ATV or this motorcycle, they might actually parachute in with it, attached to a cord during the jump"
Some of the airmen at this ceremony have deployed more than twenty-five times.
They want to go; it's their purpose.
TSgt Michael Blout "I love this job, I love what I do and I'll do it forever if they let me"
They work outside the wire.
Anything can happen, anytime.
TSgt Blout "I was sitting on a building, on the north side of an objective. We got the word that one of our guys went down, and when one of your guys goes down, it's something you don't even think about, you react"
Tech Sergeant Michael Blout ran almost a mile toward the sound of enemy guns, coordinating air support at the same time.
Twice, he put himself directly in the line of fire, trying to protect the wounded soldier and get him out of the area.
TSgt Blout "I just jumped down there, put myself in front of him, under no seeking of any auspicious awards like I'm getting now. It's just man, that's my bro. I was just trying to cover my boy while he was getting worked on"
Mike Blout says the Silver Star doesn't really belong to him.
He says it honors the families who support him and his team.
And it's dedicated to the brothers who don't come home.
TSgt Blout "When it was all said and done, we carried the day, but Chief did pass away. So definitely not what we would consider a win."