January 12, 2012
Col Mike Hertzendorf (left), 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operation
Aviation Regiment (Airborne) commander, addresses the crowd as he
prepares to present the Distinguished Flying Cross to eight Soldiers
during an awards ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 6, 2012.
The awarded soldiers are...
Capt. Michael Hilquest
Warrant Officer 5 Stephen Combs
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dino Sorter
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Cooper
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Andy
Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Rucker
Officer 4 John Williams
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Sidney Sprabary
The Distinguished Flying Cross was also awarded to Chief Warrant
Officer 4 Ryan Glathar, who could not be present.
Lt. Col Mike
Hertzendorf, 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR (A) commander, described the
extraordinary circumstances of the two separate missions in which the
awards were earned.
Both occasions required the aircrews to
execute very complex missions on short planning timelines in extremely
challenging urbanized terrain. With complete disregard for their own
safety, they each provided precise rotary wing support to the troops on
the ground despite a determined and persistent enemy.
unique thing about the Distinguished Flying Cross is that it requires
heroism," Hertzendorf remarked proudly. "The voluntary risk of life to
Note: The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded
for heroism or extraordinary achievement.
Information provided by
Maj. Mike Burns, U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Photo courtesy of U.S. Army 160th Special Operations