LATHAM, NY (09/18/2014)(readMedia)-- New York Air National Guard Captain Ronnie Maloney, a resident of Middle Island who received a Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan, will be recognized by the New York Jets during their game against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 22 at Metlife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey.
Maloney is a team commander in the New York Air National Guard's 103rd Rescue Squadron, which is part of the 106th Rescue Wing based at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach.
He has served in the Air National Guard since 2008 as a Combat Rescue Officer. Prior to that he served in the Army National Guard, and deployed to Iraq in 2004.
Maloney received the Bronze Star for Valor, along with five other members of the 106th Rescue Wing, for their role in a Dec. 10, 2012 mission in Afghanistan in which they braved intensive enemy fire to wounded rescue American and Afghan Soldiers.
He is being recognized by the Jets as part of the team's "Salute to Those Who Serve" program.
He was recommended for the recognition by the Military Association of New York State, the professional association of the New York National Guard.