- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2015

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A member of the New York Air National Guard killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013 will be posthumously awarded a military decoration for bravery.

National Guard officials say Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico will be honored with a posthumous Bronze Star Medal with Valor during a ceremony early Saturday afternoon at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh.

The 22-year-old from New Fairfield, Connecticut, was serving in the Newburgh-based 105th Airlift Wing when his base security unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Bagram Air Base in September 2013. Military officials say Lobraico’s actions during a firefight allowed members of his team to reach cover and return fire.

His parents - Master Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Sr. and Lt. Col. Linda Rohatsch - both are members of the 105th Airlift Wing.

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