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Airman earns third Bronze Star

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on June 4, 2010 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/MICHAEL BETTS

Master Sgt. Van Hood displays one of the Bronze Stars he has received for bravery while serving as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician in Afghanistan and Iraq. Around him are ordnance and trigger mechanisms used to make IEDs.

Van Hood is somewhat nonchalant when he talks about his 16-year career -- laughing about the day mortar blasted just beyond the reach of his unit; detailing, with a smile, the moment an Air Force recruiter told him he "could...

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