Profiles of Valor: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Edward Albietz

Having served as the leader of a bomb-disposal team at Kirkuk Regional Air Base in Iraq, Air Force Staff Sgt. Edward Albietz of Pinellas Park, Florida, is accustomed to putting his life on the line daily. The father of two young children, Albietz served with the Air Force for eight years and was stationed in the Middle East up until late 2006.

Mar. 7, 2010

Having served as the leader of a bomb-disposal team at Kirkuk Regional Air Base in Iraq, Air Force Staff Sgt. Edward Albietz of Pinellas Park, Florida, is accustomed to putting his life on the line daily. The father of two young children, Albietz served with the Air Force for eight years and was stationed in the Middle East up until late 2006.

While in Iraq, Albietz was responsible for the discovery and disarming of explosive devices located within a 16,000-square-mile area. During one mission in Sulayman Bak, Albietz’s team had to find and deactivate four pressure-switch-activated explosives that were planted around government buildings. The team was successful in its mission, and countless military and civilian lives were saved as a result of their efforts.

Other missions have involved dismantling explosives while under insurgent attack. In all, Albietz is credited with destroying more than 40,000 bombs that resulted in saving innumerable lives. For his courageous efforts in Iraq, he was recently awarded the Bronze Star for “exceptionally meritorious conduct.”

(This account was originally published in the July 27, 2007 Digest.)

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