MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – A 62nd Security Forces Squadron Airman will be awarded the Purple Heart medal at a ceremony 3 p.m. Monday at the McChord Armory.
Staff Sgt. David Kechter, the armory noncommissioned officer in charge, will be presented the medal by Col. Jeffery L. Stephenson, 62nd Airlift Wing commander.
Sergeant Kechter, a Strasburg, Colo., native, was wounded in November 2007 while conducting a combat patrol in Umm-Qasr, Iraq. At the time of his injury, he was serving as a gunner in a humvee; his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He returned from his deployment in May 2008.