Salutes & Awards

September 19, 2013

“These things we do that others may live”

Tags:
Senior Airman Camilla A Elizeu
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air National Guard photo/Airman 1st Class Jessica Green)

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron will be awarded medals Sept. 20 at the 55th RQS at 2 p.m.

The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor and the Air Medal with Valor will be presented to eight Airmen for their actions during a contingency operation.

While deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, the 55th RQS members distinguished themselves by heroism when called out to a high risk mission to rescue a four critically wounded Coalition Soldiers on Dec. 10, 2012.

During the mission two HH-60G, Pave Hawks, Pedro 61 and Pedro 62 responded to an evacuation site. During the approach to insert their Guardian Angel team, both aircraft came under small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. The plan entailed one aircraft landing while the other bravely maneuvered to engage the threats.

Meanwhile, two United States Army OH-58 attack helicopters were attempting to engage the threat but were unable to because they could not positively identify the enemy positions. With complete disregard for their own safety, the Pedro 61 and Pedro 62 maneuvered their formation, placing themselves between the enemy and friendly forces.

This allowed them to engage the threats themselves marking the enemy for the attack helicopters.

Their actions allowed the attack helicopters to destroy the enemy position and give them enough safe cover to return to the hot landing zone to complete their mission of evacuating the critically wounded. Their actions also protected more than 25 Coalition Soldiers on the battlefield during this exchange.

Airmen receiving Distinguished Flying Cross

Capt. Brian Dicks
Capt. Charles Napier
Master Sgt. William Fritsch
Staff Sgt. Joshua Reid

Airmen receiving Air Medal with Valor

Capt. Ryan Prince
Capt. Patrick Mount
Technical Sgt. Justin Wilks
Staff Sgt. Jason St John




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Gosier)

Historic fighter squadron celebrates 98th birthday

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Gosier) Historic_Pict2 Caption: U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 94th Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit pose for a photo at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Aug. 21, 2015. The ph...
 
 
WEBKeySpouse_pict

Key Spouse Program: Supporting the families and Airmen of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern)

Photo: KeySpouse_pict DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB, Ariz. — It is in the nature of military service that at some point you will be separated from the ones who love you. Often times a permanent change of station forces spouses and si...
 
 
(Courtesy photo)

SecAF, CSAF, CMSAF present new “little blue book”

(Courtesy photo) Caption: Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody congratulates an Airman attending Airmen’s Week Aug. 27, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Airmen received a copy of “America’...
 

 
af-uav4

Arming the RPAs

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joseph Swafford A1C Matthew Lopez (center), 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron munitions systems technician, builds a GPS-guided GBU-49 bomb at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2015...
 
 
Photo: WoW_pict

Warfighter of the Week: Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes

Photo: WoW_pict Col. Robert Stonemark, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) chief of staff, presents Staff Sgt. Brad Johannes, 12th AF (AFSOUTH) manager of engineering operations, with the Warfighter of the Week certificate dur...
 
 

Special tactics Airmen killed in hostile incident

Two special tactics airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, were killed near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26. Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and SSgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them. NATO service members...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>