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Air Force Captain Brian Dicks - Richard T. Kight Award and DFC RecipientUSAF Captain Brian Dicks
Richard T. Kight Award and DFC Recipient

U.S. Air Force logoEvery 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:

"...Captain Dicks 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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