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NEWS | Sept. 11, 2014

EAS team is selected as Warriors of the Week

By Airman 1st Class Joshua R. M. Dewberry 11th Wing Public Affairs

This week's Warriors of the Week are Staff Sgts. Marixsa Chicas (center) and Matthew Shortridge (not pictured), and Senior Airmen Michael Aguirre (right) and Brandon Marshall (left), 811th Security Forces Squadron executive aircraft security.

EAS teams provide security for the President of the United States, the Vice President, the First Lady, Congressional Delegates and national leaders.

The team was recognized for their actions during the July 21-26, 2014 Secretary of State Mission to the Middle East in support of the crisis in the Gaza Strip.

During a ground stop in Tel Aviv, Israel, alarms were activated due to an indirect fire attack warning. The team immediately cleared the aircraft of all personnel and directed them to take cover and shelter-in-place. They never lost visual contact of the aircraft during the attack.

After the "all-clear," the team received information from local authorities indicating the attack included 12 rockets fired by Hamas, which landed approximately 5 miles from the airport. There were no injuries reported and no damage within the vicinity of the aircraft.