MSgt Kenneth Guinn

Active Duty, Explosive Ordnance Disposal

  • Hometown: Sunray, Texas
  • Current Location: Tyndall AFB, Florida
  • Injury or Illness: TBI, Knee Injuries
  • Location Injury Occurred: Afghanistan

A little about Me

Master Sgt. Kenneth Guinn joined the Air Force in 2004 as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal techni-cian. During his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom he was part of a team conducting a route clearing patrol mission when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED). He said nothing felt wrong at the time, but months later a routine medical screen found that his eardrums had been perforated due to the blast and he had diminished brain function; diagnosis, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Two years later, on his second deployment to Afghanistan, he jumped into a 12 foot blast hole to save his battle buddy who took the brunt of a powerful IED. Ken saved his buddy’s life but shattered both his knees upon landing. During his recovery time he attended the 2017 Air Force Trials, his first event with AFW2, and regained his passion for sports and the Air Force. He said, “I went to the trials not knowing what to expect, but seeing all of the other Warriors’ attitudes and hearing their stories really motivated me even more.”

Awards and Decorations

  •   Bronze Star w/ 2OLC
  •   AF Commendation Medal w/2 OLC
  •   Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLC, 1 w/ Valor
  •   Joint Service Commendation Medal
  •   AF Achievement Medal
  •   Afghan Campaign Medal 3 devices
  •   Navy Unit Commendation
  •   Meritorious Unit Award
  •   AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon
  •   NATO Medal