96TH BOMBARDMENT WING B-1B CREW, STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
For the first-ever gear-up emergency landing of a B-1B aircraft.
96th Bombardment Wing B-1B Crew
Capt Jeffrey K. Beene
Capt Vernon B. Benton
Lt Col Joseph G. Day
Capt Robert H. Hendricks
CAPTAIN MICHAEL EASTMAN AND THE C-5 CREW ASSIGNED TO THE 436TH MILITARY AIRLIFT WING (MAC)
For flying the first of the missions carrying equipment used to monitor nuclear testing to the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan for joint verification experiments.
DETACHMENT 15, AIR FORCE PLANT REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE AND B-1B SYSTEM PROGRAM OFFICE, AIR FORCE SYSTEMS COMMAND
CREW OF KC-10, SAC’S 68TH AIR REFUELING WING
Following a precipitous and hazardous launch in near zero-zero weather, the crew of a KC-10 Extender assigned to SAC’s 68th Air Refueling Wing provided emergency refueling to a KC-10 and three A-4 Skyhawk over the Atlantic Ocean on 5 March 1986.
Crew of KC-10
Capt Marc D. Felman
Capt Thomas M. Ferguson
MSgt Clarence Bridges, Jr.
MSgt Patrick S. Kennedy
MSgt Gerald G. Treadwell
Tech Sgt Lester G. Bouler
Tech Sgt Gerald M. Lewis
SSgt Samuel S. Flores
SSgt Scott A. Helms
SSgt Gary L. Smith
LT COL DAVID E. FAUGHT
For heroism and outstanding airmanship thus saving the lives of eight crewmembers and preventing the loss of an irreplaceable aircraft.
LT COL JAMES L. HOBSON, JR.
As aircraft commander of the lead MC-130E during the Grenada rescue mission.
KC-135A CREW E-113 OF THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
For outstanding achievement while on a routine refueling mission involving F-4E aircraft, saving a valuable aircraft from destruction and its crew from possible death.
KC-135A Crew E-113
Capt Robert J. Goodman
Capt Michael F. Clover
Capt Karol F. Wojcikowski
SSgt Douglas D. Simmons
B-52 CREW E-21, STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
For successfully landing their crippled B-52, under almost impossible conditions, thereby saving their lives and a valuable aircraft.
B-52 Crew E-21
Capt Ronald L. Cavendish
2nd Lt Frank A. Boyle
Capt Ronald D. Nass
1st Lt James D. Gray
1st Lt Michael J. Connor
TSgt Ronald B. Wright
1st Lt Gerald E. Valentini
CAPT JOHN J. WALTERS
For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as HH-3 Helicopter Commander in the rescue of 61, in adverse conditions, from the burning cruise ship “Prinsendam.”
CREWS S-21 AND S-31, 644TH BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON, STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
For executing a nonstop, around-the world mission with the immediate objective of locating and photographing elements of the soviet navy operating in the Arabian Gulf.