Michael Maziarz Awarded Bronze Star!
December 18, 2014
McWane Group HR Director Joe Maziarz is one proud father these days! We were pleased to learn that Joe's son, Special Agent Michael Maziarz, was recently awarded the Bronze Star for combat and leadership actions that included halting rocket and mortar attacks against Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, for four months.
Special Agent Maziarz, commander of Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 114 at Tinker AFB, was awarded the medal in a Tinker Club ceremony attended by his family, base leaders and dignitaries from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
At the ceremony, Maziarz’s former commander, Col. Christopher Holton, commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Wright-Patterson, praised him for meritorious service as OSI operations officer from Dec. 5, 2013, to May 5 with the AFOSI Expeditionary Detachment 2413, Kandahar Airfield.
In a special press release, it was reported that:
Agent Maziarz led planning, support and combat actions outside the airfield for Task Force Black, charged with protecting airfield personnel and aircraft. Colonel Holton said the unit was so effective at eliminating hostile threats that special forces units and other base defenders wanted to know their tactics.
“This small unit had such a dramatic impact that one company was outperforming the entire brigade,” the colonel said. He added, “What they’ve done over a period of time is they made a name for themselves.”
The presidential citation said Agent Maziarz “skillfully managed the dynamic targeting process for the unit, receiving more than 15 authorizations to engage high-value targets within the Regional Command South area of operations who were actively attempting to attack Kandahar airfield through indirect fire and complex, high-profile attacks.”
At the ceremony, Agent Maziarz said, “I am truly humbled to be standing here today. This medal represents more than just me,” he said. “It represents the sacrifice, hard work and relentlessness of the men and women of Task Force Black and their families. Looking back, I’m overwhelmed at how incredible those men and women were and still are.” He praised task force members for silencing daily rocket attacks in “the place where the Taliban was born.”
The Bronze Star is awarded for service not involving flight in connection with operations against an opposing armed force. It is one of four medals awarded for heroism.
Congratulations to the Michael Maziarz and the Maziarz family!