Injured veteran receives Purple Heart

Honor Guard members post the colors during a Purple Heart ceremony for Senior Master Sgt. Jason Ronsse, 17th Operational Weather operations superintendent, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 20. Photos by Staff Sgt. Michael Campbell
At left, Col. Steven Dickerson, 557th Weather Wing commander, presents Senior Master Sgt. Jason L. Ronsse, 17th Operational Weather Squadron superintendent, with a Purple Heart Medal at the Hall of Heroes, June 20.

Veterans Talk Story: Senior Master Sgt. Jason Ronsse

Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman
15th Wing Public Affairs

The words “Attention to Orders,” often indicate a moment to reflect, understand and remember. Those words brought U.S. military members to attention June 21, in the Courtyard of Heroes at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, as Senior Master Sgt. Jason Ronsse, operations superintendent with the 17th Operational Weather Squadron, was presented a Purple Heart.

Ronsse was honored with the Purple Heart for wounds he received while deployed with the 19th Expeditionary Weather Squadron during his deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

“It is a privilege to recognize Senior Master Sgt. Ronsse for sacrificing his health in defense of a nation,” said Col. Steven N. Dickerson, commander of the 557th Weather Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, who presented the medal to Ronsse.

“I have a deep appreciation for a country that recognizes those that protect them. I have two words: thankfulness and faith.” — Senior Master Sgt. Jason Ronsse, operations superintendent with the 17th Operational Weather Squadron

“What began as a routine day would be anything but ordinary for Senior Master Sgt. Ronsse,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Coughlin, commander of the 17th Operational Weather Squadron.

On Dec. 31, 2013, a 122mm rocket impacted within 35 meters of Ronsse’s office.

“The intense blast blew the window inward, launched dirt and dust across office and knocked me backward against the wall,” Ronsse said. “At the time, I was wearing all individual protective equipment, but the blast pressure in the room was still strong enough to cause abrasions on my left arm, and briefly disoriented me.”

After Ronsse regained his orientation, he looked for other injured personnel and did a post-attack battle assessment.

A piece of a torn and distorted doorknob was displayed on the podium as Ronsse spoke in front of family members and friends. According to Coughlin, it served as a reminder of the damage a high explosive can have.

“I have a deep appreciation for a country that recognizes those that protect them,” Ronsse said. “I have two words: thankfulness and faith.”

The Purple Heart medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States who are wounded by an instrument of war at the hands of the enemy, or posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.

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