January 31st, 2007

Photographers Among 7 Awarded Bronze Star

By TONY BARTELME
The Post and Courier

CHARLESTON, SC (January 31, 2007) – It's 1 p.m., Aug. 16, on a white-hot highway 70 miles west of Baghdad. One soldier is down, felled by a sniper, and bullets kick up dust a few yards from Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock. "Cover me!" he yells to a U.S. gunner.

Adrenaline floods his body, and he runs as fast as he can, faster than he thought possible, to get even closer to the action. Armed with a Nikon digital camera, Lock starts shooting ... photographs.

On Monday, Lock (an NPPA member since 2002) and four other Charleston-based Air Force combat camera photographers and videographers, along with two security officers, were awarded Bronze Stars.

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