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AFSA Honors Arizona Airman for Heroism

Air Force veteran Chief Master Sergeant Roy Bowser Jr. holds the license and credentials to practice as an independent claims adjuster in 28 states. Before his current work as an outside property and desk adjuster, Sergeant Bowser spent 26 years providing administrative support to the United States Air Force executives. Sergeant Roy Bowser Jr. maintains his connection with the military through his membership with the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA).

AFSA is a veteran’s service organization of active and retired service members that lobby and represent its membership with the congressional and military leaders on Capitol Hill. AFSA supports the development of its members and gives awards to deserving airmen. One of these awards is the William H. Pitsenbarger Heroism Award.

The Pitsenbarger Award is given annually to Air Force enlisted personnel who demonstrated heroic acts that saved lives or prevented injury. It was named in honor of Airman First Class William H. Pitsenbarger, who evacuated casualties during a firefight between the US Army’s First Infantry Division and some Vietnamese enemies on April 11, 1966.

In May 2021, AFSA honored an airman from Glendale, Arizona, to save 28 lives during an active shooting incident. On May 20, 2020, Technical Sergeant Michael Walker of the 309th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base was eating in a restaurant at the Westgate Entertainment District when the shooting occurred. The assailant, Armando Hernandez Jr., said he wanted to harm at least ten people to gain people’s respect because he felt he had been bullied all his life. Sergeant Walker guided the restaurant’s clients and staff to a safe hiding place and locked the survivors inside as the shooter moved away from the restaurant.