Rome Airman Eric Lewis Earns Air Force Commendation Medal

The 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) recently presented medals for outstanding performance. Recipients in October included:

Tech. Sgt. Eric Lewis, from Rome, N.Y., who received the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Lewis earned recognition for his outstanding tactical and instructional work. Over a three-year period, Lewis expertly worked more than 260 air defense missions, while providing 300 hours of instruction to 26 student Airmen. Lewis also directed the safe recovery of a pilot and aircraft during a fighter emergency.

The 224th ADG is composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector's (EADS) mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

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