USAF Captain Brian Dicks Richard T. Kight Award and DFC Recipient
Every year, the Air Rescue Association
presents the Richard T. Kight Award to an Airman who has
gone above and beyond in contributing to their mission. This
2014's recipient is Captain Brian Dicks who is an HH-60G
Evaluator Pilot and Chief of Standardization and Evaluations
for the 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Captain Dicks also received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor
during the ceremony on November 26, 2013.
His Richard T. Kight Award citation reads:
deployed to Afghanistan, where he flew seven high-risk
casualty evacuation missions. On one such mission, Captain
Dicks and his crew evacuated three wounded soldiers from a
hot landing zone while under intense small arms and
rocket-propelled grenade fire. Additionally, when a United
States infantry unit became pinned down by enemy fire,
Captain Dicks and his formation suppressed the enemy
position and coordinated close air support from two Army
attack helicopters that destroyed the threat, saving an
entire platoon. During another mission, Captain Dicks
responded to a Stryker convoy which had struck an improvised
explosive device. He executed a difficult restricted
visibility approach to a roadside landing zone and
successfully evacuated four soldiers. Finally, Captain Dicks
demonstrated his rescue expertise as Personal Recovery
Coordination Cell Director for Exercise VIRTUAL FLAG,
validated distributed mission operations as a low-cost
alternative for larger force training..."
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