Air Force Maj. Aaron M. Maynard, son of Rose Maynard of Williamstown, and Donal Maynard of North Adams, was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.
This is the fourth time the Defense Threat Reduction Agency has received this award. The unit s mission is to safeguard the nation and its allies from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield sxplosive weapons of mass destruction by providing the capabilities neeed to reduce, eliminate and counter the threat such weapons pose and to mitigate its effect.
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award, established in 1981, is the only ribbon award granted by the Defense Department and is the organizational equivalent of the Defense Superior Service Medal.
Maynard is the commander of 9th Munitions Squadron assigned to the Air Force Combat Ammunition Center at Beale, Air Force Base, Calif. The major has served in the military for 20 years.
Maynard graduated in 1992 from Drury High School, North Adams, and received a bachelor of science in 2001 from the University of Maryland, College Park, Md. He also earned a master of science in 2004 from Touro University, Cypress, Calif.