‘Outstanding’ airman on way to collect award performs one more good deed, saving a child’s life

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O'Brien of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, is pictured here at Kadena Air Base, Japan, on July 30, 2019. O?Brien, who was one of 12 recipients of the Air Force Association?s award for outstanding airmen of 2019 on Sept. 16, 2019, saved a child's life on his way to the awards ceremony. (18TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS)
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O'Brien of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, is pictured here at Kadena Air Base, Japan, on July 30, 2019. O?Brien, who was one of 12 recipients of the Air Force Association?s award for outstanding airmen of 2019 on Sept. 16, 2019, saved a child's life on his way to the awards ceremony. (18TH WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS)

‘Outstanding’ airman on way to collect award performs one more good deed, saving a child’s life

by Chad Garland
Stars and Stripes

An airman traveling from Okinawa to the U.S. to receive one of 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year awards saved a child’s life on the way — and that’s only one of the impressive deeds attributed to Tech. Sgt. Ken O’Brien.

The Indiana native also has served on President Donald Trump’s security detail during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saved a civilian’s life after pulling the person from a burning vehicle in South Korea, and “played an instrumental role” in the 2018 Thailand Cave rescue mission, an Air Force Association write-up says.

“I can’t decide if he’s Superman or Mayhem (the guy on the insurance commercials),” said Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, head of Air Force Special Operations Command, in a Facebook post last week, noting the tendency for “bad stuff” to happen around O’Brien.

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