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Sep 3, 2010 1:09 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

AFA teacher gets bronze star for Afghanistan work

An Air Force Academy instructor has received the Bronze Star medal for his work as an adviser in the Afghan government.

Lt. Col. Patrick Donley spent a year working with the Afghan ministry of rural rehabilitation and development. Donley says he helped with strategic planning, speech writing and organizing trips. He also functioned as a liaison between the ministry and the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan.

The Bronze Star is given for heroic or meritorious achievement or service.

Donley teaches in the Academy's Department of Military and Strategic Studies.

He was presented the medal in an Aug. 23 ceremony at the school.

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