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January 12, 2012

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Lt. 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. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation RegimentLt. 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
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Stephen Combs
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dino Sorter
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gregory Cooper
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Andy Fisher
Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Rucker
Chief Warrant 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.

"The unique thing about the Distinguished Flying Cross is that it requires heroism," Hertzendorf remarked proudly. "The voluntary risk of life to save another."

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 Public Affairs
Photo courtesy of U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
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