Special Agent Canha awarded Bronze Star

Special Agent Jason F. Canha recently received a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Afghanistan, while engaged in ground operations at Bagram Airfield from April to October 2009. The official presentation of his medal took place on May 26 at Patrick Air Force Base.

Special Agent Canha graduated from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1992 and has served in the U.S. Air Force for 17 years. He currently is assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) at Patrick Air Force Base.

While deployed in Afghanistan, Special Agent Canha served with the AFOSI 2d Field Investigations Region, 24th Expeditionary Field Investigations Squadron.

The citation accompanying the award of Special Agent Canha’s Bronze Star Medal notes that, “He courageously led counterintelligence activities during 59 outside-the-wire combat missions supporting Joint operations during the lead-up to the August [Afghanistan] presidential elections and the most volatile and dangerous time span for Coalition forces.

“Throughout this endeavor, he directed a military counterintelligence source network that provided nine early warning reports of enemy ambushes, emplacement of improvised explosive devices, and planned rocket attacks, saving lives,” the citation also read. “Agent Canha’s adept source-handling skills enabled him to publish 96 national-level intelligence reports for Department of Defense leadership and ultimately led to his unit’s historic capture of an insurgent facilitator who [had] eluded Coalition forces for over 2 years.”

Special Agent Canha lives in Satellite Beach with his wife Kimberly, son Dominick, and daughter Krista, who attended the ceremony at which he received the Bronze Star Medal. He is the son of Brenda and Mike Canha of Oak Bluffs, who own DP Canha Appliance Repair.