2013 San Antonio Air Force Ball - Slideshow

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2013 San Antonio Air Force Ball - Slideshow

  1. 1. 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 66 YEARS
  2. 2. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-51 Mustang Was main fighter in Korean War until the F-86 took over that role. 1956 Fighter, Bomber 1942
  3. 3. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: August 5, 1950 Hanchang, Korea During a close air support mission, antiaircraft fire damaged his F-51. Rather than abandon his aircraft, he continued the attack under heavy fire. His aircraft was again damaged, and he dived to his death onto the enemy gun battery. August 24, 1951 Maj Louis J. Sebille
  4. 4. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: F-22 Raptor 2005 Stealth Air Superiority Fighter Has additional capability to include ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence Langley, Holloman, Eglin , Nellis, Tyndall, Edwards , Elmendorf, and Hickam
  5. 5. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: September 14, 1951 Near Yangdok, Korea He successfully attacked an enemy supply train. When he ran out of ammunition, he used a searchlight mounted on his aircraft to illuminate the target for another B-26. Despite heavy antiaircraft fire, he continued to light the area. His B-26 was hit and crashed into surrounding mountains and exploded. June 12, 1954 Capt John S. Walmsley, Jr.
  6. 6. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: A-1 Skyraider Vietnam First arrived at Bien Hoa Air Base in 1964, assigned to 1st SOS, call sign Hobo. Provided critical close air support to ground forces 1970 Attack 1962
  7. 7. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: Maj George A. Davis February 10, 1952 Near Sinuiju-Yalu River, Korea He encountered 12 MiG-15s approaching friendly fighter- bombers on an interdiction mission. He sped into combat and quickly destroyed two MiGs. While pursuing a third MiG, his aircraft sustained a direct hit and crashed. At his death, he had 14 victories in Korea to his credit. He was posthumously promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1953. May 14, 1952
  8. 8. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: F-16 Fighting Falcon 1978 Multi-Role Fighter / Air Superiority Day Fighter Since Sept. 11, 2001, it has been major component of the combat forces fighting terrorism. Supported Op Noble Eagle, Enduring & Iraqi Freedom Hill, Luke, Shaw, Lackland, Aviano, Spangdahlem, Eielson, Kunsan, Misawa, Osan
  9. 9. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: November 22, 1952 Near Sniper Ridge, North Korea During a close air support mission, his flight was dive- bombing enemy gun positions. He was hit repeatedly by ground fire during his dive. Instead of withdrawing, he aimed his F-80 directly at the gun positions and deliberately crashed into them, destroying them. an Air Force Base in Maine was named in his honor. October 1, 1954 Maj Charles J. Loring, Jr.
  10. 10. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: P-38 Lightning WWII - Was used most successfully in the Pacific theater and the China- Burma-India theater First fighter to fly faster than 400 mph. 1949 Fighter Aircraft 1941
  11. 11. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: March 10, 1966 A Shau, Vietnam Under attack by 2K North Vietnamese Army regulars, and low ceiling, one of his wingman crash landed. Believing his fellow airman would be captured or killed, he landed on a severely damaged airstrip, rescued the downed airman, and retook flight. escaping heavy ground fire. January 19, 1967 Maj Bernard F. Fisher
  12. 12. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: F-35 Lightning II 2006 Multi-Role Fighter Descended from the X-35 and the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Eglin & Tyndall
  13. 13. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: April 11, 1966 Near Cam My, Vietnam Initially, he was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, was later awarded the MOH for treating and protecting scores of wounded infantrymen while under intense enemy fire and being mortally wounded himself, in a rain forest stronghold near the Vietnamese capital of Saigon. December 8, 2000 A1C William H. Pitsenbarger
  14. 14. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-82 Twin Mustang Korean War The first three North Korean aircraft destroyed by U.S. forces were shot down by this aircraft. 1953 Long-Range Escort Fighter 1946
  15. 15. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: Capt Hilliard A. Wilbanks February 24, 1967 Near Da Lat, Vietnam A forward air controller, he was flying a recon mission 100 miles north of Saigon and spotted large communist force waiting to ambush a group of Army Rangers. He warned the Rangers by radio, opened fire with phosphorous rockets, then later with a M-16. He received a mortal wound on his third strafe and crashed nearby. January 24, 1968
  16. 16. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: F-15 Eagle 1976 Air Superiority Fighter They accounted for 36 of the 39 Air Force air-to-air victories during the first Gulf War Mountain Home, Seymour Johnson, RAF Lakenheath, Kadena
  17. 17. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: March 10, 1967 Over North Vietnam 50 miles north of Hanoi on an attack run, he, along with his wingman, were the only two left to destroy key antiaircraft defenses. Despite extensive damage to his aircraft and continuing antiaircraft fire, he successfully flew repeated close range strikes to silence enemy defensive position. February 8, 1968 Capt Merlyn H. Dethlefsen
  18. 18. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-111 Aardvark Vietnam: Participated in Operation Linebacker and Operation Linebacker II. Flew more than 4K combat missions in Vietnam with only six combat losses. 1998 Interdictor, Fighter & Strategic Bomber 1967
  19. 19. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: April 19, 1967 Over North Vietnam In a F-105 aircraft, on a surface- to-air missile (SAM) suppression mission, he, along with his wingman, attacked and silenced two SAM sites. With his wingman shot down, he relayed their location and downed one MIG-17. He left for fuel yet returned early to damage another MIG and drive three away, all on very little fuel. November 6, 1973 Maj Leo K. Thorsness
  20. 20. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-102 Delta Dagger First operational supersonic fighter. Served in Vietnam, flying fighter patrols and serving as bomber escorts. A total of 15 aircraft were lost in Vietnam, one to air-to-air combat. 1979 Interceptor Aircraft 1956
  21. 21. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: Maj George “Bud” Day August 26, 1967 North Vietnam Forced to eject his aircraft and with a broken arm and sprained knee, he was captured by hostile forces. He escaped, despite his injuries, surviving on a few berries and uncooked frogs. While in the DMZ he was shot and recaptured, then brought to Hanoi, offered max resistance in face of deadly enemy pressure. March 6, 1976
  22. 22. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-5A Freedom Fighter Vietnam; Adopted as an OPFOR "aggressor" for dissimilar training role because of its small size and performance similarities to the Soviet MiG-21 1990 Supersonic Fighter 1962
  23. 23. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: 1966, 1966, 1968 Vietnam A three time AF Cross recipient, he destroyed heavily defended Hanoi petroleum storage complex in June ‟66. He searched for a downed pilot in hostile territory in August „66, and through personal fortitude and absolute heroism, he withstood the most brutal of Vietnamese tortures, not allowing them to gain useful propaganda statements. Col. James H. Kasler
  24. 24. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: A-10 Thunderbolt II 1977 Close Air Support, Forward Air Control, and Ground Attack Designed solely for close air support of ground forces, to attack tanks, armored vehicles, and ground targets with limited air defenses. Davis-Monthan, Moody, Spangdahlem, Osan, Whiteman, and 6 ANG bases
  25. 25. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: November 9, 1967 North Vietnam After ejecting from disabled aircraft, he evaded capture for over 6 weeks. He was captured, and though seriously injured and emaciated, he overpowered a guard, and crawled into the jungle, only to be recaptured several hours later. Interrogated and severely tortured, he never divulged info or complained of his physical condition. March 23, 1976 Capt Lance P. Sijan
  26. 26. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-84 Thunderjet USAF's primary strike aircraft during the Korean War, flying 86,408 missions and destroying 60% of all ground targets in the war as well as eight Soviet- built MiG fighters 1959 Fighter-Bomber 1947
  27. 27. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: Capt Gerald O. Young November 9, 1967 Khesanh, Vietnam After a daring rescue, under heavy ground fire, his HH-3E crashed. Disregarding serious burns, he aided one of the wounded to safety. Rather than allow the enemy to use him as "bait" for an ambush, he led them away from the crash site, and evaded the enemy for over 17 hours until a rescue could be made the following day. May 20, 1968
  28. 28. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: A-7 Corsair II Vietnam, Operation Cornet Dancer, Operation Cornet Cove, Operation Just Cause During Vietnam, it flew 12,928 sorties with only six losses. 1991 Subsonic Attack First w/ HUD, INS, and Turbofan Engine 1967
  29. 29. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: April 20, 1967 Vietnam While leading a flight of F- 105s, his flight destroyed or pinned down a number of enemy AAA and SAM crews, enabling the strike force to eliminate an important railroad target, in spite of intense enemy fire and weather that hindered navigation. 1Lt Karl W. Richter
  30. 30. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-86 Sabre Korean War – Primary air-to-air fighter used by USAF Taiwan Strait Crisis - Operation Black Magic First Swept Wing fighter to counter MiG-15 1970 Transonic Fighter 1949
  31. 31. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: August 11, 1967 North Vietnam He led his strike force of eight F-4C aircraft against a key railroad and highway bridge in North Vietnam. Despite intense fire, multiple SAM attacks on his force, and continuous harassment by MiG fighters defending the target, he led his force through to help destroy this significant bridge. As a result the flow of war materials into this area was appreciably reduced. Brig Gen Robin Olds
  32. 32. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: F-100 Super Sabre Vietnam Flew extensively over South Vietnam as the Air Force's primary close air support jet until replaced by the more efficient subsonic LTV A-7 Corsair II. 1971 Supersonic Fighter 1954
  33. 33. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: April 2, „67; May – Nov „69 Dong Hoi & Hanoi, Vietnam In 1967 he led an attack on SAM site, and reconed a hostile highway. His F-105 hit, he ejected and acted as a FAC, calling in ordnances to attack the hostile forces. In 1969, as a POW he escaped, was recaptured, and was severely tortured. He refused to give information or submit to enemy demands. His escape lifted the morale of fellow POWs. Col John A. Dramesi
  34. 34. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: HU-16 Albatross Used extensively in Korea for combat rescue, where it gained a reputation as a rugged and seaworthy craft. It saw extensive combat service during the Vietnam War 1995 Search and Rescue & Combat Search and Rescue 1949
  35. 35. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: March 11, 1968 Phou Pha Thi, Laos Manning a top-secret position, his base was overrun by ground forces. With his crew dead or wounded, he single-handedly held off the enemy, while simultaneously directing air strikes and rescue. Waiting for all others to be rescued, he was mortally wounded before entering the rescue helicopter. September 21, 2010 CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger
  36. 36. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: B-57 Canberra Recon version used in Op “Heat Throb” over Europe. First Combat roll in Vietnam as part of Op Rolling Thunder. First U.S. jet bomber to drop bombs during combat. 1983 Tactical Bomber & Reconnaissance Aircraft 1953
  37. 37. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: Lt. Col Joe M. Jackson May 12, 1968 Kham Duc, Vietnam He volunteered to rescue a Combat Control team, on a heavily damaged airfield, while under intense fire by hostile forces. He showed superb airmanship and heroism landing his C-123 near the 3- man team, getting them onboard, and taking off while continuing to under heavy attack. January 16, 1969
  38. 38. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: B-52 Stratofortress 1956 Long Range Bomber After the fall of the Soviet Union, all 365 B-52Gs in service were cut into pieces using a 13,000 lb guillotine IAW the START treaty. Barksdale, Edwards, & Minot
  39. 39. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: Col William A. Jones, III September 1, 1968 Near Dong Hoi, Vietnam At an attempted rescue of a downed pilot, his A-1H was hit by antiaircraft fire. Spotting the pilot, his ejection system was hit, causing his cockpit to engulf in flames. Unable to eject or radio the location, he flew back to base, severely injured, and gave the location while on the operating table. August 6, 1970
  40. 40. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: B-50 Superfortress Recon over Soviet Union. Soviet fighters could not intercept this aircraft due to their high altitude . 112 of them were converted to refuelers in 1957 after jet-engine fighter gained superiority. 1965 Strategic Bomber/ Reconnaissance/Refueler 1948
  41. 41. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: November 26, 1968 Near Duc Co, Vietnam As pilot of a UH-1F transport helicopter, he went to the aid of a 6-man recon patrol in danger of being overrun by a large, heavily armed hostile force. Low on fuel, he made two attempts in the open, rescued the patrol, and made a successful takeoff through a barrage of hostile fire. May 14, 1970 1Lt James P. Fleming
  42. 42. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: B-1B Lancer 1986 Long-range Bomber For every flight hour, this aircraft needs 48.4 hrs of repair at a cost of $63K per flight hour. Dyess, Edwards, Eglin, Ellsworth
  43. 43. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: March 16, 1968 Near Khe Sanh, Vietnam A F-4C Aircraft Commander providing cover for cargo aircraft, the airfield was under heavy attack. Although sustaining severe damage to his aircraft, he succeeded in destroying six heavy weapon positions. He not only impaired the hostile force's capability to impede the resupply, but also reduced further losses to friendly cargo aircraft & crews. Col Ralph S. Parr
  44. 44. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: B-2 Spirit “Stealth Bomber” 1997 Stealthy, Long-range Bomber (Nuclear & Conventional Weapons) The total program cost including development, engineering and testing, averaged $2.1 billion per aircraft in 1997. Edwards & Whiteman
  45. 45. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: A1C John L. Levitow February 24, 1969 Long Binh Army Post, Vietnam As a loadmaster on an AC-47, he acted quickly to save his aircraft after it was hit by enemy fire. Wounded, he threw himself upon a magnesium flare and tossed it out of the aircraft moments before it ignited. He is the lowest ranking airmen to receive our nation's highest recognition for bravery May 14, 1970
  46. 46. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: MH-53 Pave Low During Operation Desert Storm, this aircraft was the first aircraft to enter Iraq, leading the Army's Apaches. 2008 Long-range Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Helicopter 1968
  47. 47. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: GIVEN: Capt Steven L. Bennett June 29, 1972 Quang Tri, Vietnam After being denied air and artillery support to repel an enemy attack on a friendly unit, this OV- 10 pilot and his observer made 4 strafing passes on the hostile positions. After a 5th pass, his aircraft was struck with a SAM. Unable to eject or recover, he elected to ditch in the Gulf of Tonkin, saving his observer, but killing himself. August 8, 1974
  48. 48. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: HH-60 Pave Hawk 1979 Personnel Recovery Medium-Lift After Hurricane Katrina, 20+ were deployed in support of recovery operations. Crews flew 24-hr ops for nearly a month, saving more than 4,300 Americans. Davis- Monthan, Eglin, Elmendork- Richardson, Kadena, Kirtland, Moody, Nellis, Patrick, & Lakenheath
  49. 49. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: August 28, 1972 Thailand While leading his flight to its assigned position deep in hostile territory, he engaged and destroyed a hostile aircraft while it attempted an attack on another flight of allied aircraft. Through superior maneuvering and use of aircraft capabilities, and in complete disregard for his own safety, he was successful in destroying his fifth North Vietnamese MiG-21. Brig Gen Richard “Steve” Ritchie
  50. 50. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: UH-1 Iroquois 1960 Utility Helicopter During the Vietnam Conflict, it flew 15M sorties while conducting troop transport, medical evacuation, emergency resupplies, and armed attacks. Eglin, Fairchild, F.E. Warren, Hurlburt Field, Andrews, Kirtland, Malmstrom, Minot, & Yokota
  51. 51. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: June 1 - 2, 1972 North Vietnam As a HH-53C pilot he penetrated an extremely hostile and heavily defended area to effect the rescue of a downed airman. His first rescue attempt was thwarted by numerous hostile aircraft and missiles. He willingly returned to the high threat area, braving intense ground fire, to recover the downed airman from deep in North Vietnam. Brig Gen Dale E. Stovall
  52. 52. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: H-3 Sea King Was primary helicopter for the retrieval of manned space capsules and also served as Presidential transport. 2006 Anti-Submarine Warfare, Search & Rescue, & Utility Helicopter 1961
  53. 53. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: January 21, 1991 Iraq As an A-10 pilot, his flight was tasked to support a search and rescue mission for a US Navy F-14 crew who had been shot down the night before. Over 6 hours, he led his flight deep into enemy territory, through 3 aerial refuelings, an attack on a SCUD missile site, flying at a mere 500 feet, in order to successfully pinpoint survivor‟s location. Brig Gen Paul Johnson
  54. 54. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: H-19 Chickasaw Korean War Could hold 12 combat ready troops or 8 medical litters. Designed for quick maintenance, complete engine replacement could take place in less than two hours. 1963 Primary Rescue and Medical Evacuation 1950
  55. 55. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: February 27, 1991 Basra, Iraq Leading a flight against heavily defended forces during, his F-16 suffered major damage, forcing him to eject in enemy territory. While in descent, he directed his flight, despite being fired upon. Landing, he broke his leg, yet continued to lead his flight, made threat calls to deploy decoy flares, saving airman from direct hits from infrared seeking missiles. Col William F. Andrews
  56. 56. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: T-37 Tweet Began cadet training on the A-model in 1957. The B-model was introduced in 1959. The intake of air into its small turbojets emitted a high-pitched shriek, the piercing whistle quickly gave it the name: "Tweety Bird” 2009 Trainer Aircraft 1956
  57. 57. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: T-33 Shooting Star Used to train cadets from the Air Force Academy at Peterson Field (Peterson AFB). World's best- known aircraft, having served with the air forces of more than 20 nations over several decades. 1988 Jet Pilot Trainer 1948
  58. 58. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: October 3, 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia He conducted a fast rope insertion into a helicopter crash site and came under heavy fire. He exposed himself to small arms fire and grenades to provide emergency medical treatment to the survivors, & extract dead/wounded from the wreckage. He broke cover on 3 occasions to locate & provide medical treatment to 3 Rangers. Risking his own life to cross a 45 meter-wide open area blanketed with intense fire from small arms, and rocket propelled grenades. TSgt Timothy A. Wilkinson
  59. 59. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: T-38 Talon 1961 Advanced Jet Pilot Trainer World's first supersonic trainer and is also the most produced at 1146 with 508 still active. Beale, Holloman, Randolph, Columbus, Laughlin, Edwards, Sheppard, Vance
  60. 60. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: T-43 “The Gator” Modified Boeing 737-200, referred to as “Flying Classroom”. Contains 12 navigator stations and six instructor positions. Last flown on September 17, 2010 at JBSA-Randolph after 37 years of service. 2010 Navigation Trainer 1973
  61. 61. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: March 4, 2002 Near Gardez, Afghanistan Attempting to save a team member, he secured communications with an AC-130 gunship to secure the area, directed and controlled a rescue helicopter, and volunteered to engaged two enemy positions. His advancement on the second position enabled his team to move to cover and break enemy contact, saving the lives of the entire rescue team. TSgt John A. Chapman
  62. 62. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: T-1 Jayhawk 1992 Medium-range, Twin- engine Jet Trainer This aircraft completed one million flight hours with the US Government on 15 December 2005. Randolph, Columbus, Laughlin, and Vance
  63. 63. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: T-6 Texan II 2000 Trainer Aircraft Replaced all T-37 aircraft by 2009, this aircraft is used by the USAF for basic pilot training. Columbus, Laughlin, Ran dolph, Sheppard, and Vance
  64. 64. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: March 4, 2002 Near Marzak, Afghanistan As primary CSAR medic tasked to recover 2 servicemen, his helicopter was hit and crash landed. Despite strong enemy fire and great risk to his own life, he remained in the burning fuselage in order to treat the wounded. He exposed himself 7 times in order to move the wounded to a secure location. His actions delivered 10 gravely wounded Americans to life-saving medical treatment. SrA Jason D. Cunningham
  65. 65. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: U-2 “Dragon Lady” 1957 High-altitude Reconnaissance At inception, this aircraft‟s pilots were required to resign their AF commission and fly as a civilian driver in order to divert military action. Beale
  66. 66. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: OPERATIONS SUPPORTED: RETIRED: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: SR-71 Blackbird This was the world's fastest and highest-flying operational manned aircraft throughout its career, flying from Los Angeles, CA to Washington D.C. in 64 min and 20 sec. 1989 Strategic Reconnaissance Aircraft 1966
  67. 67. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: October 5, 2009 Herat Province, Afghanistan Assigned as a combat controller to an Army Special Forces Det, he and his team was attacked by a numerically superior enemy force. Shot in the chest and pinned down with no escape route, he seized the initiative and refused to relinquish his duties. He engaged the enemy and controlled 3 A-10 strafing runs, 30 ft away, enabling his team to escape. SSgt Robert Gutierrez, Jr.
  68. 68. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: E-4B Nightwatch 1974 Airborne Operations Center The four airframe fleet will typically fly more than 50 overseas missions, including stops in more than 25 countries. Offutt
  69. 69. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: E-3 Sentry March 1, 1977 Airborne Early Warning Capable of conducting surveillance from Earth's surface to the stratosphere, over land or water, at a range of more than 200 miles. Elmendorf-Richardson, Kadena, and Tinker
  70. 70. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: AIR FORCE CROSS RECIPIENT: May 4, 2010 Afghanistan Upon landing after a helicopter assault, he received reports of multiple surrounding enemy positions. His team received heavy fire and he took action to save 3 Afghan soldiers and evac 2 KIA. He ran out into the open to guide the helicopter to land, engaged enemy positions, and called in strafe attacks. He braved enemy fire and put himself at grave risk 4 times during the 10 hour firefight. Capt Barry F. Crawford, Jr.
  71. 71. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: E-8 Joint STARS 1996 Ground Surveillance Long-range air-to- ground radar capable of locating, classifying, and tracking moving ground vehicles out to distances in excess of 124 miles. Robins
  72. 72. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: MQ-1 Predator 1995 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Capable of carrying two hellfire missiles and has a flight time of 14 hours. Cannon, Creech, Ft Polk, Ft. Huachuca, Grand Forks, Holloman, March, and Whiteman
  73. 73. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SILVER STAR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: TSgt Ismael Villegas Sep 24, „09 and Feb 6-24, „11 Afghanistan In „09, during a 16 hr firefight, he was ambushed by enemy fire & remote controlled explosives. He charged 200 ft in the open to an effective area to suppress the enemy, saving the lives of his team. In ‟11, during an 18- day mission, he controlled 40 aircraft, delivering 32.5K lbs of ordnance, with 21 enemy kills, he risked his life to save an American soldier.
  74. 74. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SPECIFICATIONS: INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: RQ-11 Raven 2003 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Weighs about 4.2 lbs and had a flight endurance of 60-90 min with a range of 6.2 miles. Portable Airframe imbedded with ground forces.
  75. 75. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL INTRODUCED: PRIMARY FUNCTION: NOTABLE FACTS: STATIONED: SPECIFICATIONS: MQ-9 Reaper 2003 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Can carry up to 14 Hellfire missiles and stay in flight for 14 hours, fully loaded. Cannon, Creech, Holloman, and Hancock Field
  76. 76. Into the Wild Blue Yonder: “Proud Past…Promising Future” 2013 SAN ANTONIO AIR FORCE BALL SILVER STAR RECIPIENT: WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: SSgt Dale C. Young May 19 - 23, 2009 Helmand Province, Afghanistan While conducting an operation, his element came under fire for over 94 hrs. Taliban insurgents 105 meters from his position, he controlled 11 coalition aircraft and ensured safe and effective fires placed on enemy positions, mitigating collateral damage. His calm demeanor under fire saved the lives of many personnel and ensured destruction of a large black tar opium cache valued over $1B.

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