Eastern Carolina Marine to be honored with Bronze Star

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A Marine stationed here in the East is being honored Friday for his heroic service to our nation.

Master Sgt. Kevin Haunschild will be awarded the bronze star for his heroic actions in support of the evacuation of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan in August 2021.

During the evacuation, Haunschild ventured onto the runway of the airport to rescue a stranded Afghan air traffic controller and retrieved mission-essential equipment while under fire from hostile forces.

The bronze star is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service.

The ceremony will take place at the New River Air Station in Jacksonville at 1 p.m.