Andy was killed on the night of August 6, 2011 as part of an elite special operations team executing a helicopter assault into the Tangi Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. While approaching the target, their CH-47 helicopter was shot down, killing everyone on board. In 2006, Andy was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, where he completed 4 deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. In 2009, he tried out for and was selected to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, the pinnacle of Air Force Special Operations team. It was his second deployment with his new unit that Andy was bound for an enemy target and was shot down with his brothers in arms. Andy's military awards include the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.

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