Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cookeville Native Receives Military Award

Lt. Col. James G. Jonston, the reserve liaison officer at the Marine Corps' Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, has received a Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal from the commanding general there. Jonston, a native of Cookeville, was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as the transition team chief of Brigade Border Transition Team 4210 of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, from August 15, 2008 to January 17, 2009. According to the award citation, Jonston and his 11-man team gave crucial logistical support to the 5th Brigade -- helping them attain provisions such as drinking water, food, fuel and vehicle maintenance. Officials say this support increased the success of training and patrols on the borders of Iraq, Syria and Jordan, and contributed to the resources needed to train Iraqi Security Forces.