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September 13, 2002

Valdosta - A Moody airman receives the Air Force's highest honor. Senior Airman Jason Cunningham was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross in a ceremony at Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Only 21 other airman have ever received the honor. Cunningham is the second recipient since 1975. He was a 39th Rescue Squadron pararescueman shot and killed while helping wounded troops in Afghanistan.

Moody officials say they are proud to have such a prestigious honor awarded to one of their airmen. "Airman Cunningham's recognition is a distinct honor for us and is a representation of all the men and women out there doing their duty to protect our country," said Col. J.C. Cantrell.

Cunningham was a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico. He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

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