We are pleased to announce SSgt Austin S. Kier, 22 TRS, Fairchild AFB, WA, as the AETC winner of the 2023 Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Pitsenbarger Award.
The AFSA Pitsenbarger Award is presented annually to an Air Force enlisted member who has performed a heroic act, on or off duty, which resulted in the saving of life or the prevention of serious injury and must have placed the individual at risk of personal danger.
Sergeant Kier heroically saved a life by taking action in response to a head-on collision with multiple casualties. He prioritized critical actions and treated life-threatening injuries for a victim requiring immediate care. Furthermore, while continuing critical care, he secured the scene, directing bystanders to call 911 and stop traffic, and continued care while Emergency First Responders arrived and enabled them to aid two others, saving three lives.