By Maj. Len Gratteri, Public Affairs Officer
Nov 22, 2004 - 12:56:12 PM
As part of the 2004 Veteran's Day ceremony at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, Col. Karl Kromer of the Delaware Air National Guard received the Bronze Star Medal .
Kromer served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan as Commander, 376th Expeditionary Maintenance Group from November 2003 until March 2004.He led a team of 170 aircraft maintainers in the upkeep of six C-130 and seven KC-135 aircraft.Those aircraft generated more than 1,600 combat sorties and more then 4,700 hours flying time.The group was responsible for transporting 4,300 tons of critical combat supplies supporting Operations Mountain Resolve, Mountain Blizzard and Mountain Avalanche.
As maintenance group commander, his aircraft achieved a 99% departure reliability rate - only three flights out of 450 were cancelled due to maintenance issues.
Lt. Governor John Carney and Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard, helped present the medal to Kromer as part of the Veteran's Day ceremony.
"Colonel Kromer's unswerving devotion to duty proved vital to sustaining the momentum of decisive combat operations and resulted in the swift defeat of enemy forces," said Vavala."All of Delaware should be proud of him."