29 Sep '13, 2pm

Retired AF doctor, Navy flight surgeon and Marine pilot awarded Bronze Star for declassified mission

During Col. (Dr.) James Ruffer’s 30 years of service, he wore three uniforms — of the Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. He said he will always be a Marine, but recently he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for a mission working as an Air Force doctor helping to care for and rescue an American prisoner of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. The 1989 mission was recently declassified. As a Marine, Ruffer flew close air support as a pilot in the Vietnam War. In the Navy, he served as a flight surgeon and treated Top Gun pilots. In the Air Force, he reported to Army officers and worked with Delta Force soldiers in Panama. Last month, Ruffer was awarded the medal for his role in the rescue of Kurt Muse, an American arrested for his work at Liberty Radio, a station in Panama critical of Noriega. Over 262 days, Ruffer made 110 visits to the prison to treat Muse and help Delt...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130929/CAREERS/309...

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