Images: Marines with helicopter squadron receive awards for accomplishments in Afghanistan [Image 20 of 28]
Photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
Capt. Michael C. Oates, right, a UH-1Y Huey pilot with the "Gunfighters" of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 receives an Air Medal during a ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 6. More than 20 Marines with the squadron received Air Medals for conducting operations in the Helmand River valley. "Their actions made a positive direct contribution to [2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward)'s] mission in sustained combat flight operations to defeat enemy forces," the award citation read. Deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., the squadron wields the only Marine attack helicopters in Afghanistan and uses a tandem of AH-1W Super Cobra and UH-1Y Huey helicopters to support coalition and Afghan forces across southwestern Afghanistan. The awards were personally presented by Maj. Gen. Glenn Walters, commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward). Oates is a native of Gladwin, Mich.
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