Airman receives German medal for nuclear efforts

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  • By Ilka Cole
  • Team Eglin Public Affairs

Family and colleagues gathered at the Air Force Research Lab as an advanced weapons technology Airman here received the bronze German Cross of Honor Nov. 30.

Capt. Alan Boyles, an AFRL program manager accepted the award for his contributions while stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany from Oct. 2014 to Nov. 2017. Boyles was a lead engineer for the PA-200 Tornado, the air-to-ground and air defense fighter flown by German, British and Italian air forces.

This was a unique assignment most officers don’t get a chance to have. I took full advantage of the opportunity to work with our foreign partners,” said Boyles, a Holcomb, Kansas native. “There were many international barriers to cross, but through collaboration and cooperation we were able to continue the mission. It was an honor to be there and do that work on behalf of the U.S. of America and the Air Force."

During the ceremony, Maj. Jens Lauer, commander, 2nd German Air Force Training Squadron, read the award citation in his native language on behalf of the German Ministry of Defense.

While on assignment, Boyles oversaw the production of the nuclear capability for the Tornado Interdiction/Strike weapon system. He worked to optimize the system’s range and expand the performance capabilities, according to the medal citation.

We’re proud to have Capt. Boyles as a member of our team. He tirelessly worked with our allies to meet readiness demands and to reform modernization processes between our countries,” said Col. Garry Haase, AFRL Munitions Directorate. “This medal represents what is possible when we collaborate with our partner forces.” 

The German Cross of Honor is Germany’s second highest military medal with three categories: gold, silver and bronze.  Bronze is awarded for meritorious service over five years or for outstanding achievements.  The award compares to the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. 

Once the award is approved and documented in his official records, Boyles can wear the medal on his service dress and mess dress uniforms.