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Ten airmen to be honored

August 20, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Ten airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing will receive one of the Air National Guard’s most prestigious awards for their action during an in-flight incident overseas, the West Virginia guard unit announced Monday.

The airlift wing said in a news release that the crew’s quick thinking and exemplary teamwork on April 19 allowed its members to return safely to base after their aircraft suffered multiple bird strikes during takeoff that severely damaged two of its engines. The crew assessed the situation while airborne and was able to safely land and evacuate the aircraft without further issue, according to the airlift wing.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Goldstein, Capt. Ryan Hawk, 1st Lt. Samuel Harrison, Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Nicholson, Master Sgt. Michael Kalbfleisch, Master Sgt. Devin Paskewich, Tech. Sgt. Nicholas McFadden, Staff Sgt. Chad Witmer, Staff Sgt. Jordan Soltis and Senior Airman Jeremy Barr will receive the 2013 Earl T. Ricks Award for Outstanding Airmanship for their actions during the incident involving a C-5 Galaxy aircraft.

The award will be presented next month at the 2013 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center in National Harbor, Md.

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