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Air Force Honors New Fairfield Guardsman Posthumously

New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Todd "T.J." Lobraico was recognized with the posthumous award of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor during a ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base.
New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Todd "T.J." Lobraico was recognized with the posthumous award of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor during a ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Todd "T.J." Lobraico, a member of the 105th Airlift Wing who was killed in action in Afghanistan in September 2013, was to be recognized with the posthumous award of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor during a ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base on Saturday.

Building 106, the 105th Base Defense Squadron headquarters, will also be dedicated in his honor. The ceremony was held at the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y.

Lobraico died in Afghanistan on Sept. 5, 2013. He died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Lobraico joined the 105th Airlift Wing in 2008 after graduating from New Fairfield High School. He attended the Air Force's Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, graduating in November 2008 and then entered Security Forces Apprentice School, which he finished in February 2009. Lobraico was a resident of Sherman, Conn.

Lobraico's other awards include the Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon, and the New York State Humane Service Medal. Lobraico is the first member of the New York Air National Guard to die in a combat zone since Sept. 11, 2001.

Lobraico distinguished himself by heroism as truck commander, Reaper 7, Maneuver Flight, 755th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Group, 445th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield.

Lobraico's heroism, valorous actions and selfless commitment to his fellow defenders resulted in the removal of numerous insurgents from the battlefield at the cost of his own life.

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