Major Troy L. Gilbert (34) was the pilot of an Air Force F-16C
engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations that crashed
approximately 20 miles northwest of Baghdad November 27, 2006. Gilbert
was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base,
Arizona, and was deployed to the 332nd Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air
Force Base, Iraq.
Major Troy L. Gilbert was awarded posthumously the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor
for his heroic actions. Major Gilbert's wife received it on December 11,
2006 during his funeral with full honors at Arlington Cemetery.
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