Air Force

January 4, 2019

Air Force Association recognizes D-M pilot

Courtesy photo
The 2018 pilot of the year nominees were, from left, Capts. Sergio Lozano, Kyle Kryder and Ridge Flick.

The annual joint awards dinner for the Old Pueblo Flight and Tucson’s Air Force Association Chapter was held on Dec. 6, 2018, at Davis-Monthan AFB.

Each year the Daedalian Flight recognizes an active-duty pilot from Davis-Monthan AFB as its “Pilot of the Year.”  The winner was Capt. Sergio Lozano, 55th Electronic Combat Group. Lozano is an instructor pilot and current operations flight commander in the 55th ECG.  While deployed to Afghanistan with the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, he and his crew flew 43 combat sorties totaling 261 combat hours.  He planned and flew a mission to protect a 61-vehicle special operations forces convoy to Farah to recapture the city from the Taliban.  The sum of these deployed efforts electronically shielded 20,000 friendly forces enabling the destruction of 28 weapons caches, the capture of 18 high-value individuals and 152 enemy killed in action.   

The Old Pueblo Daedalian Flight meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month September through May at Club Ironwood.  For more information, email retired Lt. Col. Jerry Bryant at

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