JB Charleston Reservists receive Distinguished Flying Cross

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  • By Capt. Justin Clark
  • 315th Airlift Wing

Two members of the Air Force Reserve's 315th Airlift Wing were presented the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony held here November 5, 2023.

Master Sgt. Josh Lewis and Master Sgt. Adam Stewart, Flying Crew Chiefs with the 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, a component of the Air Force Reserve's 315th Airlift Wing, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their efforts as part of Operation Allies Refuge in 2021, during which they helped firsthand to evacuate hundreds of civilians via air from Kabul, Afghanistan, to include a baby born while in flight.

The Distinguished Flying Cross is presented to persons who distinguish themselves by single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.

The medal was presented by 315th Airlift Wing Commander Col. John Robinson.

As Reserve Citizen Airmen, both recipients have full-time civilian careers outside the military, Lewis as an HF Communications subject matter expert and Stewart as an operations manager for a major aviation company in Charleston.

C-17 Globemaster III Flying Crew Chiefs are skilled maintenance aircrew technicians who travel with the aircraft for extended missions, serving as mechanics to troubleshoot and maintain the aircraft when base facilities are limited.

More information on the Distinguished Flying Cross available here.

For more information on the 315th Airlift Wing, visit https://www.315aw.afrc.af.mil/

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