Images: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Year In Review [Image 27 of 42]
Photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
Maj. J. Eric Grunke, pictured here at Cherry Point, was named Marine Corps Aviator of the Year by the Marine Corps Aviation Association. The MCAA gives the award to the pilot who makes the most outstanding contribution to Marine aviation over that past year. Grunke, an AV-8B Harrier pilot, played an instrumental role in a mission to recover a downed Air Force pilot in Libya.