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    Pegasus Pilots Receive Distinguished Flying Cross [Image 2 of 3]

    Pegasus Pilots Receive Distinguished Flying Cross



    Photo by Sgt. April Campbell 

    Combined Joint Task Force - 82 PAO

    Col. T.J. Jamison, the commanding officer for the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, awards Chief Warrant Officer Omar Torres, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with the Distinguished Flying Cross, Sept. 9, for disregard for his heroic actions while serving as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot during Operation Enduring Freedom 2009-2010. Torres and fellow pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Matthew A. McEvers provided air support to Coalition forces on the ground who were under attack from insurgents in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2009. After using their own ammunition to help defeat an insurgent attack, their Scout Weapons Team remained overhead to assist ground forces in adjusting friendly mortar fire as they continue to fight off the insurgents. The pilots’ extraordinary actions in aerial flight, in support of the ground forces, enhanced freedom of maneuver for Afghan civilians, and prevented a catastrophic loss of lives. Their accurate and timely identification of well-established enemy ambush positions, and their accurate employment of weapons resulted in the friendly forces gaining the initiative. Both pilots were serving with the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd CAB.



    Date Taken: 09.09.2010
    Date Posted: 09.13.2010 09:58
    Photo ID: 318113
    VIRIN: 100909-A-#####-002
    Resolution: 2100x1500
    Size: 1.01 MB
    Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, US 

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