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William F. Sine


Airman's Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Airman's Medal to Master Sergeant William F. Sine, United States Air Force, for heroism involving voluntary risk of life at King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 25 June 1996. On that date, a powerful terrorist bomb blast destroyed the building housing Sergeant Sine and smashed him to the floor. Freeing himself from the rubble, Sergeant Sine escaped the devastated building, questioned bystanders, and determined that people were still trapped inside. Despite his nearly useless right arm, badly injured leg, and numerous lacerations, he immediately leaped into action and reentered the building to assist survivors. Undaunted by the perils of the crumbling structure and the threat of further explosions, Sergeant Sine showed absolutely no concern for his own personal safety as he repeatedly risked his own life to lead six badly wounded and disoriented airmen to safety. Ignoring his own traumatic injuries, Sergeant Sine maintained his composure and rendered lifesaving medical treatment to blast victims until he finally succumbed to his own injuries and was evacuated to a hospital. His leadership, abilities and decisive actions in the face of danger saved multiple lives and contributed significantly to the successful medical treatment and transport of over 200 wounded Americans. The exemplary courage and heroism displayed by Sergeant Sine reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: 25-Jun-96

Service: Air Force

Rank: Master Sergeant

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Senior Master Sergeant William F. Sine, United States Air Force, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" for heroism while participating in aerial flight on 16 February 2002 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Central Command Air Force (USCENTAF), Special Orders G-334 (August 21, 2002)

Action Date: February 16, 2002

Service: Air Force

Rank: Senior Master Sergeant