Sailor Receives Bronze Star for Service in Afghanistan
GROTON, Conn. - A Submarine Officer from Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) New London, who recently returned from a year long deployment to Afghanistan, was awarded a Bronze Star on Oct. 3 for serving "as a critical link in the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) fight."
Supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Lt. Cmdr. Colin McGuire, Commanding Officer of USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) Detachment (Det) E, received the award for his Individual Augmentee (IA) assignment, working counter IED operations in Afghanistan from June 15 2009 to May 18 this year.
McGuire was awarded the Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious service while serving as the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Paladin CJ3 Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Liaison Officer (CSTC-A LNO). According to his award narrative, "McGuire's efforts saved countless United States and Coalition Forces lives."
In addition, "McGuire was the driving force in improving Afghan National Security Force counter IED capabilities. His actions directly contributed to wage increases that improved career opportunities for Afghan Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians. McGuire was also responsible for creating the first-ever Afghan Regional Forensic Laboratory in Kandahar. He led the effort to develop Afghan National Police EOD and Quick Reaction Force capabilities in Kandahar City during a time of increased attacks. These agencies were a valuable asset to Kandahar City, providing an additional force to engage an increasing threat," according to the award narrative.
Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander of Submarine Group 2, presented McGuire the Bronze Star on behalf of Maj. Gen. Timothy P. McHale, Deputy Commander for Support, United States Forces-Afghanistan.
Cmdr. Matt Olson, Commanding Officer of NOSC New London praised McGuire and Navy Reservists for exceptional service.
"This is one more example of the tremendous work Navy Reservists are performing as they are forward deployed," said Olson. "They are providing expertise and knowledge, and are doing great things in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa or wherever their nation calls."
McGuire, who grew up in Wichita, KS, is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served aboard Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761), before transitioning into the Reserves. McGuire has led AS-39 Det E since December 2008. In his civilian career, McGuire serves as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The Bronze Star was authorized by Executive Order 9419 in February 1944. To be eligible for the Bronze Star, a person must distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.
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101003-N-3241S-102 GROTON (Oct. 03, 2010) Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group 2, presents the Bronze Star Medal on Lt. Cmdr. Colin McGuire in Bledsoe Hall at Naval Submarine Base New London. McGuire was awarded the medal for his actions as the Combined Joint Task Force Paladin CJ3 Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Liaison Officer in support of Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. U.S Navy photograph by MC1 Virginia Schaefer.