A Decorated Virgin Islands Airman

On February 4, 1944, the Bronze Star medal was authorized by Congress to be awarded to members of all branches of military service and may be awarded either for combat heroism or for meritorious service. 
 Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon J. Forbes has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious acts or achievements, or distinguished service not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Forbes earned the medal for serving as a convoy commander during Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a vehicle operator dispatcher assigned to the 59th Medical Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The technical sergeant has served in the military for 17 years.
Forbes is the son of Ena Spencer of Lindbergh Bay, and Cecil O. Forbes Sr., both of St. Thomas.
He graduated in 1994 from Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas.

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