Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Paralegal Returns From Iraq With New Call Sign, Medal

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Tech. Sgt. Daniel Velarde, a paralegal with the 50th Space Wing Judge Advocate Office, came home from his recent deployment to Iraq with a new call sign and a new medal.

[Seargent] Velarde earned the name "High Speed" for his performance while deployed as part of Multinational Force Iraq's Task Force 134. He also earned a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, making him only the second mid-level Air Force NCO in Task Force 134 to receive the prestigious award.
"We handled detainee boards," he explained. "We would gather evidence, file it and make sure photos and evidence were marked appropriately." Detainees included Iraqi insurgents and third-country nationals suspected of attacking Americans and coalition members and planting roadside improvised explosive devices.
Sergeant Velarde first became a paralegal in October 2003.

"I like law," he said. "I like the fact that it's always evolving and always challenging. It challenges you as an individual to make sure justice is served and everyone is treated fairly."

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